5 Best Laptops for FL Studio 2021 (A Must Read)

Whether you do it professionally or are just an enthusiast, if you like editing music then I am sure Image-Line’s FL studio is one of the software you work with, right?

It is one of the most popular DAW software used by music producers, composers, and DJs all over the world and when you combine its amazing mixing features with a powerful laptop, you get portability like never before.

But with so many brands and laptops in the market, how do you find the best laptop for FL Studio? You do not have to spend $2000 and we get it, you don’t have to either.

This is why we put together this extensive posts where we trim it down to 5 laptops that are worth the money for all FL Studio users.

Best Laptops for FL Studio Reviewed

#1: New Apple MacBook Pro

New Apple MacBook Pro
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Weight: 4lbs
  • Processor: 9th Gen, 6-core, i7
  • CPU Speed: Up to 4.5GHz
  • Graphics: AMD Radeon Pro 5300M (6GB)
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Display: 16″ (3072×1920)
  • OS: iOS
  • Battery Life: 6-7hrs

With portability, power, and great design at the forefront, the New Apple MacBook Pro, is one of the best choices for professional DJs, Music editors, composers, etc, and here’s why.

Excellent processing speed and power

As a professional using FL studio, you will likely be using many of its plugins and libraries to give you the edge.

And considering that some of these plugins require higher specs than FL Studio itself, you must have a powerful laptop. And the MacBook Pro is just that with the latest 9th Gen, 6-core, i7 processor with an ability to turbo boost to 4.5GHz, which btw, is one of the most important processor specs.

Wondering why we choose clock speed over cores for once? The reason being that from the instrument, effects to the mixer track, everything needs to be processed in sequence on the same core especially if the mixer tracks are linked as they now become dependant on each other and thus cannot be processed separately.

In case you feel this processing power isn’t enough for you, there is also an 8-core i9 processor variant available that clocks at a whopping 4.8GHz.

Another feature to watch out for is an SSD as with an SSD, you’ll be able to load samples/VSTs much faster (because who wants to wait 5 minutes just for those to load, right?).

Not to forget, SSDs have lesser parts thus improve durability as well. Apart from that, there is a 16GB RAM is in tandem with a dedicated AMD Radeon Pro 5300M Graphics with GDDR6 memory to further boost performance.

An immersive display

You’ll be stuck at your laptop for hours, may even have to pull an all-nighter to meet the deadline, and having a good display can make all the difference.

I am thinking something like Retina display should be good enough, right? The large and crystal clear 16-Inch Retina display comes with True Tone Technology and 400+nits of the brightness of to give you an immersive display with excellent colors whether you are indoors or outdoor even on bright sunny days.

Plus, the display is easy on the eyes (no more will all that glare during an all-nighter result in red, tired eyes ). Oh, and did I tell you that it isn’t your average Full-HD display. The Pro comes with a 3072×1920 resolution so you can view every detail on the screen whether you are working or watching a movie.

Furthermore, you can also expand your working area by connecting to a larger screen or multiple screens using the DisplayPorts or even AirPlay.

Data transfer at super-fast speed

Since we are on the topic of ports, the laptop also features multiple thunderbolt ports. As a music editor, composer, you probably have tons of data that need to be backup up or copied to your laptop. With these ports, this is going to be lightning-fast as they give speeds of about 40GBPS.

A touch of magic on the keyboard

One of the biggest improvements that Apple has made to all its latest laptops is switching to the Magic keyboard from the Butterfly keyboard which was, in simple words, cumbersome to use. Since editors and composers rely heavily on shortcuts keys to get the work done quickly the keys should have ideal travel between them.

With the travel of 1mm, the MacBook delivers just that. Plus, the keys are more silent and in tandem with the backlight allowing you to work in peace even during the night. As for the trackpad, it is smooth as ever.

Also, further enhancing your productivity is the TouchBar which gives you custom options based on the software and the functions you use often so you can perform them again in seconds with a simple touch.

Excellent Sound

The sound quality of the Pro is again very immersive all thanks to the 6-speaker system with noise-canceling woofers (feels like MacBook Pro has a miniaturized version of an Apple HomePod).

There’s ample sound to fill-up a room while the bass and treble produced are crisp and sharp (if you don’t have a headphone yet, this will save you a few bucks on it).

Portability and Battery

Was portability the main reason you want to switch to a laptop from your workstation? The MacBook gives you just that. For a powerful laptop, it is quite amazing that it weighs just 4lbs and is pretty compact (from handbags to backpacks, this bad boy will fit in anywhere).

And yes, working from beaches, hilltops, hotel rooms or even airports and trains is now a whole lot easier as you do not have to worry about power points, the laptop will give you 5-6hrs of run-time even with FL Studio.

Drawbacks

Well, this MacBook Pro will set you back by $2000 which means they are suited only for professional FL studio users that need a lot of processing power.

Also, my biggest complaint about MacBooks has always been that they lack an HDMI port. Though thankfully, there are other ways to connect your laptop to monitors, even your TV as shown in the video above.

Pros

  • An ideal laptop for professionals
  • The processor has a clock speed of 4.5GHz
  • Portable and light, easy to carry
  • 6-7hrs of battery life with FL studio
  • Crisp and clear bass and treble
  • Crystal clear and large Retina display with True Tone Technology
  • The display is easy on the eyes
  • Magic keyboard for batter typing experience
  • SSD helps load samples/VSTs faster
  • Transfer data at 40GBPS with Thunderbolt ports
  • TouchBar increases productivity
Cons

  • No HDMI Port
  • On the expensive side

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#2: Dell XPS 15

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Dell XPS 15
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Weight: 5.50lbs
  • Processor: 9th Gen, 6-core, i7-9750h
  • CPU Speed: Up to 4.5GHz
  • Graphics: GTX 1650 4GB GDDR5
  • Storage: 1TB SSD
  • Display: 15.6″ 4K UHD
  • OS: Windows 10
  • Battery Life: 3-4hrs

Need a Windows laptop that can deliver processor performance and display like the MacBook Pro? Then Dell XPS 15 is exactly what the laptop doctor ordered for and here’s why.

Best Features

First and foremost, the XPS 15 also features a 9th Gen, an i7-9750H processor that comes with 6-cores and more importantly, with a 4.5GHz clock speed which allows it to process all your effects and music tracks faster.

Supporting the processor is a 16GB RAM and if you feel like that isn’t enough, you even the option of upgrading it to a whopping 32GB (it barely gets any higher than that).

Also, while you do not need a lot of graphical power to run FL Studio (even professionally), the dedicated 4GB, GeForce GTX 1650 does add to the utility, especially if you love gaming (from Fortnite to Overwatch, it will run all your multiplayer games smoothly).

The one big advantage the XPS has over the MacBook is that you get 2x space. Yes, the 1TB SSD makes it the ideal combination of speed and storage for professional FL Studio users that have a lot of stock music and files stored on the laptop.

But the laptop is more than just its powerful specs

But Dell XPS 15’s USP isn’t the powerful components but its mesmerizing, jaw-dropping display (no I am not kidding, it is that freaking good). Firstly it is a larger 15.6″ 4K UHD display and with that resolution comes details that you have never experienced before (now see every pixel at every corner without having to zoom in).

Add to that the 100% Adobe RGB color that produces over 16millions colors you get lifelike gradients and crisper colors and contrast. Plus, 500nits brightness ensures that from movies, work to games, everything is crystal clear even if you were sitting and working at a beach and working in bright sunlight.

Further improving the viewing experience is an excellent wide-angle view. And to top it all, it has one of the smallest bezels you’ll find in a laptop giving it a 93% screen to body ratio.

The keypad, trackpad, and ports

Compared to the previous XPS, the XPS 15 comes with a keyboard with better key travel and softer feedback so using it for hours during edits should be easy peasy and quiet.

It also backlit so you can continue to be productive even when there is no light. As for the trackpad, it remains the same good old self, though a few gesture controls would have come in handy. 

When it comes to ports, the XPS 15 has got them all which gives the edge over the MacBook. From Thunderbolt ports for data transfer at speeds of 40GBPS, USB-C ports that allow you to charge smartphones or connect a dock to HDMI ports that let you expand your display by connecting it to a TV or external monitor, XPS leaves little room to complain.

Other Features

Another standout feature of the XPS 15 is the Killer 1650 features that automatically prioritizes bandwidth for the software or browser window that you are using. In case you are looking at tutorials or want to download a library/template, this is just what you need to enjoy a high-speed connection.

It also comes with a fingerprint scanner so you can unlock your laptop within seconds without having to remember your password each time (and if you are as forgetful as me, phew, that comes as such a relief).

The laptop can also take a few bumps thanks to its all-round aluminum build. Even the screen is as durable as it is a Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 which makes it highly resistant to dust and scratches (this baby will last you for years to come).

If you are eco-conscious (and I believe everyone should be), Dell XPS gives you the power to run FL Studio while playing your part in protecting the environment as it is made using 90% recyclable parts.

Drawbacks

The laptop weighs around 5lbs and isn’t the most compact compared to others on the list and thus won’t be as easy to carry around as the MacBook or the ultralight Microsoft Surface Pro 7. Also, it only gives you 3-4 hours with FL Studio running which is a tad low and reduces its portability.

Further hampering portability is the fact that it weighs around 5.5lbs. Speakers are also pretty bad as the sound tends to crackle. Though you can improve it to a large extent with the Waves MaxxAudio Pro app but getting headphones would be ideal.

Pros

  • Clocks at 4.5GHz, ideal for FL Studio
  • Supporting online multiplayer games like PUBG and Fortnite
  • SSD lowers load time for libraries and VSTs
  • Comes with HDMI port, Thunderbolt port, and USB-C Port
  • Large 15.6″ 4K UHD display
  • 93% body to screen ratio
  • 100% sRGB colors for life-like display quality
  • New and improved keyboard
  • Fingerprint scanner for quick unlocking
  • 90% of the parts are recyclable
  • Adjust bandwidth for programs in use with Killer Wireless Tech
  • An aluminum build makes it very durable
Cons

  • Low battery life
  • Costs you $1500+
  • On the heavier side
  • Poor speakers

Dell XPS 15’s speed, display, portability make it one of the most recommended laptops for music production. That means not just FL studio, the XPS 15 has you covered irrespective of the software.

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#3: Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (Best Convertible Laptop for FL Studio)

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Microsoft Surface Pro 7
  • RAM: 16GB
  • Weight: 1.7lbs
  • Processor: 10th-Gen, i7-1065G7
  • CPU Speed: Up to 3.5GHz
  • Graphics: Iris Plus Graphics
  • Storage: 256GB SSD
  • Display: 12.3″ (2736 x 1824)
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
  • Battery Life: 7-8hrs

If you are an FL Studio enthusiast and mostly edit songs for small DJ gigs or composing your tunes, then Microsoft 7 is worth the consideration. Here’s what you need to know about it.

Unmatched portability

Most DJs live life on the go and that is where portability of your peripherals becomes so much more important, right? Well, you’ll be happy to know that the Surface Pro 7 is one of the most portable laptops you’ll find on the market (its what we call the portability king).

If this were a boxing match, the Surface Pro wouldn’t even fit in the featherweight category (yup, it is that light ).  It weighs a mere 1.7lbs (carry it in your handbag or your hands, you’ll barely feel its weight).

Plus, it is a 2 in 1 laptop. Use it as a tablet, in studio-mode, or as a standard laptop, the Surface Pro gives you the freedom to edit audio from anywhere anytime like no other laptop can.

But don’t take all that portability and compactness for granted, this one can pack a strong hook in the speed and power department.

Pros

  • Weighs just 1.7lbs
  • 2 in 1 convertible laptop for FL studio users
  • Powerful enough to run FL studio without hassles
  • Crystal clear 2k display perfect for indoor use
  • 8-9hrs of battery life
  • Intuitive touchscreen for easy navigation when in tablet mode
  • Multiple accessories available that increase productivity
Cons

  • The keyboard is sold separately
  • No thunderbolt ports

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#4: Acer Spin 3

Acer Spin 3 Convertible Laptop, 14 inches Full HD IPS Touch, 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8565U, 16GB DDR4, 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD, Backlit KB, Fingerprint Reader, Rechargeable Active Stylus, SP314-53N-77AJ
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Weight: 3.70lbs
  • Processor:i5-1035G4
  • CPU Speed: Up to 3.7GHz
  • Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Display: 14″ (1920 x 1080)
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
  • Battery Life: 7-8hrs

If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option for an extremely portable yet powerful laptop? Then the Acer Spin 3 is the answer to your prayers. Here’s what makes the Spin 3 a great choice.

Portability

One of the best features of this laptop is its portability and the reason it is so portable is its compact and lightweight build. The laptops weighs just 3.7 lbs and easily fits into any handbag or backpack so your work never stops whether you are the beach or on the mountains.

And using it in cramped spaces like when you are on a flight or in the subway is also pretty easy. Yes, you can’t edit music but you can always watch a tutorial, or enjoy a movie. The reason it is so easy to use is that is it a convertible laptop.

The durable hinge allows you to change it from a traditional laptop to a tablet or use it in tent mode within seconds.

Other Features

For its cost, the i5-1035G4 processor that clocks at an amazing 3.7GHz and the 8GB DDR4 RAM are a pleasant surprise. As long as you are running FL Studio along with a few browser tabs and couple of background programs, you should have no trouble. But if you feel you need more power, consider upgrading the RAM.

The 512GB SSD further adds to the speed as it ensures the laptop boots is seconds and all your apps open in seconds as well. Furthermore, it is plenty of space for you to store all your files without the need to back them up every couple of days.

Another thing you’ll love about the laptop is the rechargeable stylus as it makes navigating around the laptop in tent or tablet mode hassle-free. Plus, it costs you nothing. And if you don’t need it, the Stylus conveniently fits into the laptop so you never lose it as well.

Its display is also pretty good as it is Full-HD. A tad smaller at 14-inches but expect good colors and brightness allowing you to look into the finer details without much trouble.

The speakers are also good though I wouldn’t recommend you use them for music editing on FL studio. And if you need multiple display, the laptop also supports docking stations.

Drawbacks

Also, it has an integrated graphics card which means any graphic-intensive tasks isn’t possible on the laptop. Thankfully, music editing on FL studio doesn’t need a a high-end GPU but if you were to edit videos, you’ll have a harder time.

Pros:

  • Use it as a tablet or in tent mode based on your convenience
  • Carrying it is easy peasy as its compact and light
  • The 512GB SSD boosts laptops speed
  • Speakers are good
  • The rechargeable stylus won’t cost you a penny
  • Clock speed of 4.6GHz is pretty good for the cost
Cons:

  • Not suitable for graphic-intensive tasks
  • 16GB RAM would be better for FL Studio

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 #5: Acer Swift 3

Last but not least comes another solid yet pocket-friendly laptop, the Acer Swift 3 and here’s why we recommend it for FL Studio users.

Acer Swift 3 Thin & Light Laptop, 14" Full HD IPS, AMD Ryzen 7 4700U Octa-Core with Radeon Graphics, 8GB LPDDR4, 512GB NVMe SSD, Wi-Fi 6, Backlit KB, Fingerprint Reader, Alexa Built-in
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Weight: 2.65 lbs
  • Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 4700U
  • CPU Speed: Up to 4.1GHz
  • Graphics: Radeon Graphics
  • Storage: 512GB SSD
  • Display: 14″ (1920 x 1080)
  • OS: Windows 10 Home
  • Battery Life: 7-8hrs

One of the main differenced between Swift 3 and Spin 3 is that the Swift 3 isn’t convertible. But what it lacks there, it makes up with better specs which means it easily matches the minimum requirements for FL Studio.

Firstly, it has a more powerful processor as it is equipped with the AMD Ryzen 7 4700U which delivers a better clock speed of 4.1GHz. This makes up for the 8GB RAM and allows you more freedom to multi-task.

And if you want something better, there’s a 16GB variant available as well eliminating the hassle of going and getting an upgrade done.

The 14″ Full-HD display and the 512GB SSD are similar and good enough for people starting out with FL Studio who do not want to edit large files. The slight advantage with the display is the lesser bezels and make it a tad more immersive.

While the laptop isn’t as easy to use as the Spin 3, its 2.65 lbs weight does make it lighter so carrying it around shouldn’t be a problem. It is pretty compact as well and fits into any bag you would want.

Adding to the ease of using the laptop is the fingerprint scanner that allows you to access the laptop in seconds and eliminates the hassle of remembering passwords all the time. It is also better for privacy as hacking into your laptop is tougher.

The battery life is also pretty good for the price and will easily give you 3-4 hours with continuous FL Studio usage and 7-8 hours otherwise.

Drawbacks

Well, there’s not much to complain about the laptop except that you cannot strain it much as it heats up. It is great for beginners that are learning FL studio but professionals should go with one of the top 2 picks.

Pros:

  • Lightweight and compact for easy carrying
  • Get both speed and space with the 512GB SSD
  • it has a faster processor than the Acer Spin 3
  • Access the laptop in seconds with the fingerprint scanner
  • Good display for sound editing and watching movies
Cons:

  • Not suitable for professional sound editors

Written By Callum Wright

With a background as a business owner for a company wokring with 3D animation and Visual Effects, Callum is just the person you need when you need help regarding laptops for professional use like graphics designing, photo editing, and general business administration.