Small basic cheap laptop wanted

Dec 28, 2019 10:12AM PST

I am looking for a very basic laptop
All I want to do is use it for recording audio from an usb external audio interface/ sound card

The problem with using a mobile phone or a Sony walkman as the recorder is that I would have to use the internal sound card that would come out of a 3.5mmm jack plug that would give poor audio quality

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Re: basic laptop
Dec 28, 2019 12:17PM PST

- What is the most basic laptop you can find in your favorite shops and webshops?
- Must it be the newest and latest, or is "refurbished" good also?
- Assuming you want good quality, you want to record wav, not mp3. That's about 15 MB/minute. How many minutes do you want to store on the laptop? Or will all recordings be moved to the cloud or an external hard disk, and then deleted (be sure to use at least 2 external hard disks then)
- Windows 10 is OK? Does it run the recording program you want to use?
- Why a laptop? Why not a desktop?

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More sources.
Dec 28, 2019 12:52PM PST
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Same as
Dec 28, 2019 7:14PM PST

Yer I see that's about the same price of the most basic of laptops over this side of the pond

150 quid from tesco

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Let's check it out.
Dec 28, 2019 8:10PM PST


Because we tried a few AMD E1 to E4 laptops and even with max RAM and SSD they were dogs. Sick dogs. We ended up gifting them to students that had nothing and just needed web capable laptops.

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Dec 29, 2019 11:03AM PST

If there was a mobile phone that would take usb input then I would use that

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Why USB?
Dec 29, 2019 11:45AM PST

Many phones do take USB input so that's something you check out on each phone. I used to try using my Bluetooth keyboard and mouse on Android phones and that did work too. Why must it be USB? I don't see why yet.

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Another idea
Dec 29, 2019 2:53PM PST

Because the audio interface (or sound card to you) is a sub input

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Let's hear more (pun intended.)
Dec 29, 2019 3:08PM PST

Looking at the top I see you want to use some USB audio system.

Now that is probably 99.9999 (100!) percent not going to work as you don't have drivers and the apps won't know how to talk to it.

I am running into folk now that think an Android phone is just a small PC. It's not.

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My recoder
Dec 29, 2019 6:51PM PST
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I try to be light on the topic.
Dec 29, 2019 7:02PM PST

I see no driver or app for Android there. Now I did see such on an iPad but your pleas seem to be about cost. If that is, you need to re-read the top replies.

Why does it have to be a laptop?
What PC do you have now?
What's wrong with a Groupon refurb under 200?

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HP Pavilion 15
Jan 17, 2020 9:25PM PST

You should look at the HP Pavilion 15 if you want what you've needed. Happy Happy

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