Note that I've never owned a laptop before, so I took the E530 for what it is.
Musician "electro", it took me to provide a mobile configuration in the event of future concerts. But finally this computer is also used to call me. My budget was tight, no more than 600/650 euros for a laptop.
Exit, then, Apple.
Prospecting in the net, I found that generally recommended for portable computer music brands were Asus, Dell, Sony, IBM / Lenovo, Toshiba.
In order to have a PC with the bare necessities (no real need graphics card for example) and if you can mount myself, I wondered what brands offered can configure his computer. Namely: Dell, Sony and Lenovo. Lenovo seemed to be the best compromise.
My setup is minimal: Win7, i3 2.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM, 320 GB HDD 7200rpm. Works perfectly with Motu Microbook 2. In eight months of use I had no right to live with significant crash (ie apart from mishandling on my part). A 4ms latency properly supports multiple instances of VST hungry processor. I would say that I still have a little room. After that, everything depends on the working methods of each.
The + + +:
- Quality honest manufacturing
- The matte screen
- The discreet enough ventilation
- 3 USB 3.0 + 1 USB 2.0 powered
- Four screws easy to remove for cleaning, adding RAM, hard drive replacement / addition of an SSD ...
The processor upgrade can also be done, apparently without problem (not that the guarantee does not jump by against).
- The choice of OS: Windows 8 is the default and it took a 80th pay for Windows 7, in addition to a Windows 8 that I would not be using
- Not related to the product, but I think the Lenovo site is lousy. In fact it gives the impression of being perpetually under construction and does not inspire confidence, but it may have changed.