Podcasting has become quite popular in the last few years, and even popular media outlets have begun creating their own podcasts to attract listeners to their channels. If you’re thinking about getting into podcasting but are unsure which laptop you should use, keep reading to learn more about some of the best options available. These are the top 10 best laptops for podcasting currently on the market today.
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1) Surface Pro
The beauty of using a Microsoft Surface Pro as your main podcast laptop is that it’s a versatile machine. You can use it to record audio and video, and you can even use it as a tablet when things get too small on your desktop screen. The detachable keyboard cover is excellent and allows you to comfortably write while giving you plenty of real estates on which to create videos. The 2-in-1 nature of this device means there are plenty of ways in which it could come in handy when creating podcasts; there’s no doubt that you’ll be able to find a use for all its features.
2) MacBook Air
Perfect if you want something that’s small and light, with enough power to get a basic setup up and running. It also has long battery life, making it ideal for podcasters who like to travel or podcast while on the go. The downside? Its keyboard isn’t great and you can’t add storage space, so it will fill up quickly. Expect to pay: $1,199-1,799
3) Dell XPS 13
The HP Spectre x360 is one of our favorite laptops around, but it has a hidden feature: It makes a great podcast machine. Yes, that’s right—the sleek laptop with an eye-catching design and top-notch performance is also an affordable machine made to record podcasts. There are a few reasons why it’s ideal for podcast recording, including its long battery life (12 hours on average) and solid audio quality. If you’re looking to record audio at home or away from your office, give it a shot!
4) HP Spectre x360
HP’s Spectre x360 is a thin and light convertible laptop that can be used in either tablet or notebook mode. It is available with an 8th-generation Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD). We recommend choosing at least 16GB of RAM to give your system enough headroom when multitasking and using many resource-intensive programs at once. The 15.6-inch Full HD display has vibrant colors, wide viewing angles and gets bright enough to use comfortably outdoors. The speakers are loud enough to fill a small room without distortion, but overall audio quality is just average, so you’ll likely want to connect headphones or external speakers for better sound quality when watching movies or listening to music.
5) Microsoft Surface Book 2
The Microsoft Surface Book 2 is a great laptop for podcasters. It comes with a full size keyboard, touch screen, and great battery life. The only downside to it is that it can be expensive, but if you have enough money to buy one then I would recommend buying it. This is one of my favorite laptops for podcasting!
6) Acer Switch Alpha 12
The Acer Switch Alpha 12 is built to be a hybrid device, which makes it perfect for podcasters. The screen detaches so you can use it as a tablet if you want to record interviews in video or just don’t want to sit at your desk while recording. As an added bonus, it has amazing speakers—which make watching videos on it great too. For anyone who travels frequently and needs something they can easily carry around but still get work done on, an Alpha 12 is a good choice. It also has fantastic battery life—and packs enough power to edit high-quality audio and video on-the-go with ease. An Alpha 12 will also cost about $1,100 when released later in 2018, making it one of your more affordable options here.
7) Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
The 13 MacBook Pro with Retina Display is your best choice if you want power, efficiency, and mobility. It has a long battery life—Apple claims up to 10 hours—and can connect to an external display via HDMI or Mini DisplayPort (although it only has one port onboard). Its keyboard is quiet and comfortable to type on. This Macbook also comes in two different screen sizes: 13 and 15. The Retina display models are better than their non-Retina counterparts because they have more pixels per inch (PPI) which produces a clearer picture. A higher PPI will also mean sharper text while browsing and editing documents.
8) Macbook Pro Retina Display 2015/2017 (Which One Should You Buy?)
Apple’s high-end laptop line, which features retina displays, is a good option if you’re in need of a new computer. The newest version, which was released in 2015, has more RAM and storage than its predecessor and is also lighter and thinner than older models. This can be a drawback though—one negative of this model is that it only has one USB port as opposed to two. Overall, if you are looking for an expensive but powerful laptop with a thin profile and high resolution display, then it is hard to go wrong with Apple’s Macbook Pro Retina Display.