Top DJ Laptops, best budget laptops for Djing [2017]

Best laptops for djing

If you want to get into djing, you have probably asked yourself what equipments you will need and how much they will cost you. And since buying a full DJ setup can be quite costly, most beginners choose to start with just a laptop and perhaps a small DJ controller. There are a lot of free and open source DJ programs out there, and it a good way to know if djing is for you before investing your money.

Djing on a laptop has its advantages and disadvantages: it’s a compact system and you can carry your productions and music wherever you go. However, using only a touchpad and a keyboard isn’t the most practical way to mix music. And that’s why professional and advanced DJs prefer working with a DJ controller.

Best laptop for djing, what to consider when choosing a laptop:

First of all, most djing programs are not particularly demanding and therefore don’t require a powerful machine. Therefore, most laptops you can buy nowadays will do the job just fine and if you already have a laptop, you probably already have started djing with it. However, there a few things to consider when looking for a laptop for djing: you don’t want your laptop lagging or completely freezing in the middle of live set, do you? And that is exactly why you shouldn’t go with minimum requirements, but try to get the fastest laptop for you budget. Here are a few important factors when choosing a laptop for djing:

Processor:  Your laptop’s performance depends on it, the more processing power you can get, the better your laptop can handle heavy applications and multitasking. It is recommended to get a laptop with at least an Intel i5.

RAM: Some Djing and audio programs can really eat up your memory and to make sure your laptop is going to perform without lag, we recommend that you get at least a laptop with 8GB of RAM.

Hard drive technology: There are two types of drives: traditional mechanical drives, and solid state drives. And to make your laptop more responsive, we recommend that you get a laptop with an SSD. On the other hand, SSDs are more expensive and don’t offer as much storage capacity as traditional drives.

Screen size and resolution: Choosing the adequate display size and resolution is very important: this is what you will be staring at all the time, so it should be comfortable. Although it’s a matter of personal preferences, Djing on a small 13 inch notebook can be quite challenging, unless connected to an external display. Also, some Djing programs don’t display well on smaller screens/resolutions, imagine playing 4 decks on Traktor on a small display. This is of course a matter of personal preferences, because a bigger display has its advantages and downsides too, so think about it before making a decision.

Connectivity: Because you will need to connect your laptop to other audio devices, such as a DJ controller for example, you should make sure your laptop comes with at least 3 USB ports.

Battery life: Because portability is the biggest advantage of Djing on a laptop, battery life should not be overlooked. So to be able to carry your music with you, plug in some battery speakers and start Djing, choose a laptop with decent battery life.

Best laptops for Djing:

 

  • Asus P-Series P2540UA-AB51:

With its sleek design and incredible battery life, the ASUS P2540UA-AB51 is here to impress. Powered by a 7th generation Intel i5 7200U processor, and 8GB of RAM, the ASUS P2540UA-AB51 is a particularly capable machine. The P2540UA-AB51 comes with a standard 5400rpm 1TB hard drive, which is to be expected at this price range.

The 15.6-inch anti-glare display has a native resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and provides good color accuracy. The screen is also scratch resistant and has a matte finish.

When it comes to connectivity, Asus plays it safe with 4 USB ports, VGA and HDMI port, and an Ethernet port. Unfortunately, this laptop doesn’t come with a USB type C port, but it’s no deal breaker.

Battery life is very good, with up to 9 hours of use. Build quality is also remarkable for the price, even though the chassis is all plastic; it has a nice sturdy design with a premium feel.

Processor Intel Core i5-7200U Processor
RAM 8GB
Storage 1TB, HDD
Graphics Integrated, Intel HD Graphics 620
Screen 15,6 inch, 1920X1080
Connectivity and Ports 3 – USB 3.0 ports

1- USB 2.0 port

1 – HDMI port, VGA

Card reader, Bluetooth 4.1, Fingerprint Scanner

Battery up to 9 hours battery life

 

  • Acer Aspire F5-573-58VX:

The Acer aspire F5-573-58VX is an affordable multimedia notebook that offers great value for the price. The combination of the ULV Intel Core i5-7200U processor and 8GB of RAM is more than sufficient to deal with demanding applications and multitasking. As all budget laptops, the Aspire F5-573-58VX comes with integrated graphics, and has no ambitions in gaming. You will also find a 1TB hard drive, which has become the standard nowadays and that can be replaced later if you need the speed of an SSD drive. RAM is also upgradable up to 32GB, and the laptop comes with a free slot.

When it comes to connectivity, the Aspire F5-573-58VX has a decent amount of ports: you will find 2 USB3.0 and a USB type C on the left side, and a USB2.0 as well as a DVD tray on the right.

Acer also did well with the battery life on this model, and the included 2800 mAh 6 cell battery can easily give you a solid 6 hours of continuous use before you’ll need to charge it again.

Processor Intel Core i5-7200U Processor
RAM 8GB
Storage 1TB, HDD
Graphics Integrated, Intel HD Graphics 620
Screen 15,6 inch, 1920X1080
Connectivity and Ports 2 – USB 3.0 ports

1- USB 2.0 port

1 – USB type C

1 – HDMI port, VGA

Card reader, Bluetooth 4.1

Battery up to 8 hours battery life

 

  • Acer Swift 3:

The Acer swift 3 is a super thin notebook that comes packed with high level specs: a 7th Generation Intel Core i5-7200U Processor, 8GB of RAM, and a fast 256GB SSD for instant application opening. Built for productivity on the go, the Swift 3 can seamlessly handle your workflow and is one of the best laptops for djing.

With a full HD 14 inch screen, the Swift 3 is neither too big or cumbersome, nor too small. Battery life is very good, and the included 3220mAh battery can give you up to 10 hours of runtime.

As to be expected, given its thin design, the swift 3 has 3 USB ports: 1 USB type C, USB3.0, and 1 USB2.0 on the right.

Processor Intel Core i5-7200U Processor
RAM 8GB
Storage 256GB, SSD
Graphics Integrated, Intel HD Graphics 620
Screen 14 inch, 1920X1080
Connectivity and Ports 1 – USB 3.0 port

1- USB 2.0 port

1 – USB type C

1 – HDMI port,

Card reader, Bluetooth 4.1

Battery up to 10 hours battery life

 

  • Lenovo Ideapad 510s

The Ideapad 510s is a stylish ultraportable with an all metal frame, yet powerful and that can handle almost everything thrown at it with ease. It comes with an Intel Core Dual-core Processor i7-6500U, coupled with 8GB of RAM, a 256GB solid state drive, and even an AMD Radeon R7 M460 2 GB Video Card.  The Ideapad 510s is a great value for the money, and can handle your workload, multitasking, and even gaming with no problems.

The 14 inch Full IPS Screen is particularly impressing, with accurate, sharp colors. If you’re into watching videos, graphic design, or gaming, the Ideapad 510s is the perfect match.

As for the connectivity, this laptop comes with 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x USB 2.0, HDMI and Ethernet port. There is no USB type C however. Battery life is decent, and Lenovo announces up to 6 hours of use.

Processor Intel Core i7-6500U Processor
RAM 8GB
Storage 256GB, SSD
Graphics Dedicated, AMD Radeon R7 M460 with 2GB
Screen 14 inch, 1920X1080
Connectivity and Ports 2 – USB 3.0 port

1- USB 2.0 port

1 – HDMI port,

Card reader, Bluetooth 4.1

Battery up to 6 hours battery life

 

  • Dell Inspiron 5000:

Inspiron 5000, laptop for djing

The Dell Inspiron 5000 is a reliable multimedia notebook that combines a 6th generation Intel Core i7-6500U processor, and 12GB of RAM, which is more than sufficient for most users, and most Djing programs, such as Serato or Traktor.

The Inspiron 5000 also comes with a full HD 15,6 inch display that produces sharp colors and adds to the multimedia experience. Also note that this is a touchscreen, although a bit unnecessary on this type of laptops.

There are 3 USB ports on this device:  1 x USB 3.0, 2 x USB 2.0. As for battery life, the Inspiron 5000 scores decent results, so expect about 6h to 7h of use before you will need to plug in the adapter.

Processor Intel Core i7-6500U Processor
RAM 12GB
Storage 1TB, HDD
Graphics Integrated, Intel HD Graphics 520
Screen 15,6 inch, 1920X1080, touchscreen
Connectivity and Ports 1 – USB 3.0 port

2- USB 2.0 port

1 – HDMI port, DVD/RW

Card reader, Bluetooth 4.1

Battery up to 8 hours battery life

 

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