In this blog post we are going to walk you through the best laptops for podcasting.
👉 First we will talk about the broader context of picking a podcasting laptop.
👉 Then we will define some key terms that will help you pick out the perfect laptop for you.
👉 After that, we will list what we think are the ten best laptops for podcasting.
Of course you do not need to read this blog post in order. Feel free to jump around to the sections you feel like you need the most! 💃
The Big Picture
Your laptop computer is probably the number one most important tool for creating podcasts. Every other tool plugs into it. It plays a key role in pre-production, recording, editing, and promotion.
Desktops are OK too! 🖥️
Of course, you can use a desktop computer for podcasting if you want. Desktop computers can handle a bigger workload. However, today’s laptops are able to handle so much that they have basically made desktops obsolete for anyone who is not a professional film editor or motion director.
Find Your Own Perfect Fit
Before we get started, we need to note something very important: There is no one perfect laptop for every single podcaster. 🙅
First of all, the laptop market is always changing. Prices fluctuate and technology improves. There may be a great sale in one local area, but not in another.
More importantly, every podcaster’s needs are a little different. 🌈
For example, accessibility features might be the most important thing for one podcaster, but budget might be the biggest concern for another. Some podcasters may really care about the type of keyboard design while some might be pick about high-quality displays.
The best choice also depends on what kind of podcasting tools a podcaster already has or is used to. ⚒️
If you are used to working on a Mac for your job, you might want to stick to a Mac for your podcasting. If you already have editing software that you love, then you might want to get a laptop that is optimal for that software.
Do Your Research 🕵
Obviously, if you are reading this right now, you are doing your research before purchasing. Well done! But don’t let your research stop here. You can watch laptop reviews on YouTube, look at customer reviews on Amazon, or even ask members of your podcasters’ community what they use. Searching through the best laptops for podcasting is not a journey you have to take alone! 👩🚀👨🚀👩🚀
Key Terms – ‘Specs’ You Need to Know
When you are shopping for a laptop, there can be a lot of jargon and hype to sort through.
We recommend always looking at the ‘Specs.” 🔬
The “Specs” are the technical specifications of a computer, and they are usually shown in a kind of chart or table. They are how you can compare apples to apples. 🍏🍎
There are some “specs” that are pretty self explanatory: battery life, screen size, etc. Others are a little tougher to figure out. That’s why we explain them below! 🤓
RAM stands for Random Access Memory. It is your computer’s short term memory. In other words, it is how much information your computer can work with at one time. Think of it like your desk. If it is a big desk, you can put a lot of papers on it to work with. If it is a tiny desk, you can only fit a few papers on it to work on at once, so it slows your work down.
Commonly known as: Memory 🧠
Best laptops for podcasting have: Around 16GB, especially if video editing is involved.
SSD stands for Solid State Drive. It is your computer’s long term memory. It is how much information your computer can store in the long term, including after it has been turned off. Think of it like your filing cabinet. It can store a lot and it stays very organized even when you don’t touch it for a long time. On the other hand, it takes more time to retrieve a paper or put back a paper.
Commonly known as: Storage 🗄️
Best laptops for podcasting have: At least 256GB, but if you are going to be storing a lot of episodes on your laptop, you should consider getting more storage or an external hard drive.
CPU stands for Central Processing Unit. It is the brain of the computer. It is the thing doing all the computing. In the analogy of your office, while RAM is your desk and SSD is your filing, CPU is… you, the worker.
Commonly known as: Chip or Processor 🧑✈️
Best laptops for podcasting have: At least 4 Cores at bare minimum.
GPU stands for Graphics Processing Unit. It is very similar to CPU, but specializes in graphics. Most computers today have both a CPU and a GPU. In our office analogy, a GPU would be your assistant that you bring in to help you to make nice graphics for the project you are working on.
Commonly known as: Graphics or Graphics Card 🧑🎨
Best laptops for podcasting, especially if it involves video editing, have: At least 2GB of GPU memory. GPUs are typically just referred to by their brand and model name, so you usually have to look a little deeper to learn more about them.
A computer’s operating system is the interface between the software and the hardwear. For most people it just means either Windows or Mac (sometimes Linux, and newly, Chrome). The latest Windows operating system is called Windows 11. The latest Mac operating system is called MacOS13.0 Ventura.
Commonly known as: OS 🙄
Best laptops for podcasting have: Either Windows or MacOS, both are good. Just be sure that the equipment and software you have/get matches whichever one you pick.
10 Best Laptops for Podcasting 🤩
Based on the “specs” we outlined in the above section, these are 10 of the best laptops for podcasting.
Keep in mind that you can usually tailor some of the specs for the same model. ✂️
For example, one laptop’s base model might come with 256GB SSD (memory), but you can order it with 1TB SSD (memory) for a little more money. So always take a look to see if a modification is right for you! 👀
MacBook Air – M2, 2022 🍏
This is the latest and greatest Apple laptop. 🥳
The M2 refers to the chip or CPU. Earlier versions of the MasBook Air had a chip called M1. According to Apple, the M2 is up to 1.4 times faster than the M1, specifically for video editing. That is incredibly high-quality computing.
Honestly, any new laptop that Apple is currently selling is probably good enough for podcasting, though MacBook Air 2017 is probably not up for the challenge of podcast video editing. 💁
MacBook Pro used to be the heavier and mightier laptop, but with the M2 chip, the Air stays lighter but packs the full punch.
The Macbook Air M2 2022 starts at $1199, but can get much pricier if you need to buy adapters, increase storage, etc. 💸
Pro: Like all Mac laptops, this one comes with GarageBand. GarageBand is a digital audio workstation where you can put together your podcast and/or podcast music (check out our blog on it). 🎸
Con: The ports. Apple has basically made it so you either have to buy their accessories or you have to buy their adapters so others’ accessories can fit their ports. 😾
Dell XPS 13
Dell has traditionally been a cheaper, budget option for laptops so it is also worth taking a look at what they are offering. In the case of the XPS 13, Dell definitely does disappoint. 😍
The model actually won best laptop of 2023 by Digital Trends as well as best Windows laptop by CNN in 2022. It has a 12th gen Intel processor, a dedicated graphics card, and 512GB of storage, and the latest Windows operating system. And that is not its “Plus” model, that is its standard model. 👀
Part of what makes this laptop so impressive is that you get all this at a low price. It is $945.00. Of course it is currently out of stock on the Dell website, but it is worth scouring the internet and tech stores for this one!
Pro: Dell also sells a lot of practical accessories that work well with its laptop and you can sometimes get a pretty good deal when you buy them all together. 🎙️
Con: The 13 inch screen is one of the smallest laptop screens out there. 🔍
LG Ultra PC
This laptop is an oldie, but a goodie. 👵
It does not have the latest Intel gen processor nor the latest Windows operating system, but that does not matter because it has 16GB of RAM and a dedicated graphics card.
Plus, it has a 17 inch screen which is huge compared to rivals, and definitely helps with eye strain and working in multiple windows at once. It even has an HD webcam. 🖼️
The only problem is that it might be a little difficult to find this gem. It is out of stock on the LG website. That is not much of a surprise since it only costs $999.99 with all the specs you need. 😻
Pro: It has a big screen, plus can easily run software like Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects, all while having a great, long battery life. 👍
Con: The charger is a little bulky and there are no quick-charge USB ports on it. 👎
Lenovo IdeaPad 5
Lenovo is known for making sturdy, professional laptops and this one follows the tradition. While they do have a wide variety of laptops that could probably get the job done, they have one model that stands above the rest they have listed for creators. 🏔️
Lenovo calls its IdeaPad 5 a “a powerful multimedia laptop” and we think that’s a fair assessment.
The IdeaPad 5 has a great AMD processor and a 4GB NVIDIA GPU. It has multiple, diverse ports so you easily plug in all your podcasting accessories. 🎧
The IdeaPad 5 starts at $929.99 according to the Lenovo website.
Pro: It has a “TUV Eyesafe” certification for low blue light, which means there is a good chance your eyes will not hurt so much after long podcast edit sessions. 😎
Con: Users report that the laptop gets pretty hot and the fan gets loud when doing anything intensive. 🥵
HP does not just sell printers! 🖨️
They do sell laptops. Their best laptop for podcasting is their Envy model.
They tout it as their laptop for creators and they are correct about that. In a world where a podcaster is expected to also be a designer, graphic artist, and multi-media content producer, this laptop answers all the challenges. 💪
Its processor isn’t the latest and greatest, but it will get the job done, especially because it is paired with strong GPU with 4GB of dedicated memory. The laptop also has a built-in SD card reader, so you can take the memory card straight from your recording device (mixer, video camera, etc.) and plug it into the computer itself for ease and speed.
The HP Envy is listed at $969.99 on the HP website.
Pro: It works well with HP creator software (some even comes free). 🎨
Con: Some reviews say that the laptop had physical manufacturing flaws so they had to wait even longer to get a proper one. If you are crunched for time, you might want to keep this in mind. 🤕
Acer Aspire 5
Acer is another one of those companies that traditionally has been one of the most affordable laptop companies out there, especially for their very basic models. However, they also have more advanced laptops that are more appropriate for bigger projects like podcasts. 🏗️
The Aspire 5 has everything you need for podcasting. Perhaps surprisingly, we think it is better for podcasting than the newer Aspire 7. Aspire 5 has 16GB of RAM compared to Aspire 7, and a better processor. It makes sense that Aspire 5 costs about $300 more than Aspire 7.
The Aspire 5 costs $1,029 on the Acer website.
Pro: It has the capacity to use gigabit ethernet, which is super helpful when you are downloading online recordings or uploading episodes. 📶
Con: It only has about seven hours of battery life. 💀
ASUS is not messing around when it comes to laptops for media creation!
If we were heartless, we would recommend the ProArt Studiobook that has everything you could ever dream of… but it starts at $2,099 and has all kinds of features that surpass what you need for podcasting. 💔
Instead, we recommend their Vivobook. It has the CPU and GPU power you need, though it is a little low on RAM at 8GB and its built-in camera only has 720p resolution. It is almost like ASUS is pushing you to get a ProArt Studiobook… 🤔
The Vivobook starts around $1,000 according to ASUS’s listing.
Pro: It has a 180 degree hinge which can be nice when you want to really add some inches to the height of the built-in camera (by standing it up). 📹
Con: It feels like you should get a slightly better built-in camera at that price. 🤷
MSI Modern 15
Similar to ASUS, when you go to MSI’s website to look at laptops, do not click on Content Creation Laptops unless you want to punish yourself. Their Creator series starts at $2,000 bare minimum. Their Creator Pro series doubles that. But hey, if you have the budget for those, go for it! 🤑
The good news is that you do not need those models in order to do excellent podcasting. Podcasters just need the Modern 15 model. It has a powerful Intel 12th gen, 10-core processor and 16GB of RAM to keep up with it. 🏋
The MSI Modern costs around $999.99 according to their website.
Pro: It meets the MIL-STD-810G standard for reliability and durability so you know it will last. 🪖
Con: Because its GPU shares RAM with the CPU, it can’t handle intensive graphic work well, though it should be just fine for basic video episode editing. 😅
Samsung Galaxy Book 2 Pro
Samsung is one of those companies that makes so many different products that it has the benefit that its laptops can work in perfect sync with other products it makes. In fact, Samsung has even launched its own podcast listening platform!
Our pick for Samsung’s best laptop for podcasting is its Galaxy Book 2 Pro. Be sure to get the traditional clam shell option rather than the 2-in-1 touchscreen because only with the clam shell can you get a dedicated GPU. However, if you do go with the 2-in-1 touchscreen it should still be good enough for basic video edits needed for podcasts. 👍
The Galaxy Book 2 Pro starts at $799, but that is for the base model that probably doesn’t have enough ump to do all the editing you will want to do for your podcast.
Pro: It has got a great battery life for such a skinny little thing, lasting twelve hours. 🤠
Con: Again, you really have to make sure to order a specific configuration of this model to meet all the editing needs you may have. 😒
Rounding out our top ten list is Razer, a company known more for its gaming laptops than anything else. In fact it only offers one laptop that is not explicitly for gaming, its Book. 📖
The base model Razer Book has a strong GPU and CPU, though it is kind of skimping by with only 8GB of RAM. If you pick a configuration with 16GB of RAM, you have to pay an extra $400. However, it does have Razer’s renown gorgeous, vivid display as well as its well-designed keyboard. It also has diverse ports, including different USB options and an micro SD memory card slot. It definitely is a professional podcaster computer. 🧑💻
The base model is $1,199 and the model with 16GB RAM is $1,599.
Pro: Razer has a deal where you get one free year of FL Studio Producer when you buy a laptop. If you do not already have a digital audio workstation and you want one for your podcasting, you should check it out. 👩🎤
Con: This laptop sometimes runs a little hot, although, Razer being the gamer company it is, does sell accessories to cool things down. 🧖
We hope you have found this review of the best laptops for podcasting helpful. 😀
Podcasters’ computers are the core of their work process. Even if you are not the type to spend much money, remember this is an investment. It can save you time and stress down the road. 💆
Most of all, the most important part is to find the computer that is the perfect fit for your unique needs! So do not be shy- be clear in what you need and do not be afraid to ask lots of questions! 💜
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