Podcasting is a great way to get your voice heard to thousands of peoples across the world.
A perfect podcasting gear can make your job a lot easier. If you have purchased equipment like Microphone, Headphones etc and looking for the best laptops for podcasting then I can assure you that you are in the right place.
I know a laptop or a computer isn’t compulsory for podcasting but If you don’t want to compromise the quality of your podcasting, then you NEED a good laptop for sure.
After researching some time, I have made this list of some good laptops for the podcast. Just to let you know, I haven’t randomly selected these laptops. I have chosen laptops based on the requirements of popular podcasting software such as Audacity, Adobe Audition and Garageband for Mac’s.
So, you can assume any laptop on this list is perfectly suitable for podcasting. Without wasting any more time, let’s get started.
Top 6 Laptops for Podcasting in 2019
1. Apple MacBook Pro
If you have a good amount of budget and willing to invest in a premium laptop for podcasting, then MacBook Pro is indeed your best option.
This MacBook Pro version was released in the mid-2017, so you assume this isn’t an old laptop. Apple has offered lots of variants with different screen sizes and configurations.
If you travel a lot and you want to do your task while traveling, then the 13-inch model would be more suitable for you which comes with 3.1GHz Intel i5 dual-core, 16GB LPDDR3 RAM, and 256GB SSD storage.
I won’t recommend the 13-in model to anyone because not everybody does the job while traveling.
If you are working from a single place i.e Office or Home, then the 15-inch variant would be an ideal choice for you. This 15-inch variant does not only have a bigger screen, in fact, it is way more powerful than the 13-inch model.
Before talking about the specs, I just want to tell you that the Retina display of the MacBook Pro is one of the best display on the market and it is insanely beautiful to look at. As a podcaster, you may not care a lot about the screen of the laptop, but still, it is my job to inform you that you won’t regret anything about the display on this machine.
In the 15-inch model, You’ll get 2.9 GHz quad-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB LPDDR3 RAM and 512GB SSD. You’ll need a powerful CPU to record and edit your podcasts and this laptop has everything you would need for podcasting.
The performance of the late 2017 MacBook Pro has improved quite a lot compared to the 2016 model. The Geekbench 4 benchmark test states that you’ll get 16% faster performance in a single core and 19% faster in the multi-core performance. (Source: TheTechChap).
Apart from a powerful CPU, Apple has offered a dedicated graphics on this laptop i.e Radeon Pro 560 with 4GB VRAM. Though it isn’t a powerful GPU as others still you can play some occasional games if you want.
There are 4 USB Type-C have offered on this machine. This may not be an ideal selection of ports for many people. You can get a dock for MacBook Pro if you want to use some ports other than USB Type-C. (If you don’t know what a USB Type-C is, then you should watch this video by MKBHD)
This MacBook Pro also comes with TouchBar which might be handy sometimes to unlock the laptop, make payments online and more.
And lastly, I would like to talk about the battery life.
While doing tasks like recording and editing podcasts without any breaks, you can expect up to 3 hours of battery life in MacBook Pro. If you are using it for a personal purpose such browsing, streaming on Youtube/ Netflix etc, you can expect around 8-10 hours of battery life which is very good in my opinion.
Overall, If you have a high budget, then Apple MacBook Pro is one of the best laptops for podcasting.
If you want to learn more about MacBook Pro, then you should watch this video.
Video by: TechRanger.net
2. Dell XPS 13 2018
This is the latest Dell XPS 13 which was released in early 2018 with some design and hardware changes. This is a compact laptop suitable for almost everyone.
The laptop comes with 13.3 inch IPS 4k touchscreen panel with the resolution of 3840 x 2160. Just like the above MacBook Pro, the display of this Dell XPS 13 is very beautiful and stunning. Dell has reduced around 20% of the bezels in this year’s model to make it more attractive for its consumers. The display of the laptop also comes with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 for protection and it is a very good thing to have any laptops.
One of the imperfect thing about the new XPS 13 which is not liked by many people (including me)is the placement of the webcam. Dell has decided to offer the webcam in quite a weird position which is just below the display. You’ll have to have some issues while making a video due to this wrong placement.
Dell has offered 1TB PCIe Solid State Drive (SSD) on this machine which is quite a lot. You can easily use this storage for both professional and personal purpose.
Coming to the performance, the new XPS 13 outshines its predecessor due to Intel’s new 8th Gen processor i.e Intel Core i7-8550U. You’ll see a significant performance boost from last year’s model for sure. The 16GB DDR3 RAM manages almost every task smoothly and you can easily perform multitasking without any issues.
Based on its powerful specs and strong performance, Dell XPS 13 is undoubtedly one of the best laptops for voice over recording.
You’ll get 3 USB Type-C ports (2 of them are Thunderbolt) and a Micro SD card reader on this machine. There is no USB Type A offered on the new XPS 13. You should keep this in mind if you are too picky about the ports selection.
And finally, the battery life.
Dell claims that the new XPS 13 can last up to 10 hours and 31 minutes and Dave2D have confirmed that it has indeed lasted close to 11 hours for general usage. But According to Linus, it can give you close to 7 hours of battery life for heavy users with continuous usage. That’s a pretty good deal I would say.
Video by: Windows Central
3. Acer Aspire E 15
If you are on a limited budget and want to get yourself a decent enough laptop for podcasting, then look nowhere because this is one of the cheap and best computer/ laptop for podcast you can get on the market right now.
This is a new Acer Aspire E 15 laptop which was released in October 2017 and costs just $600. At this price point, Acer has done a tremendous job by offering lots of quality stuff on this laptop.
You’ll get 15.6 inch IPS full HD display which has reasonably good color accuracy and viewing angles. Considering its price, it is one of the best display and there’s nothing much to complain about it.
Coming to the storage part, it comes with 256GB SATA SSD which may or may not be enough for everyone. If it isn’t enough for you, then you can add an additional hard drive or an SSD in an open slot offered on this laptop.
The 8GB memory runs smoothly almost every application with ease. But If you aren’t happy with its performance, then you can additional 8GB RAM which will cost you just $90 on Amazon. You can upgrade the RAM up to 32GB at maximum.
Acer has upgraded its CPU from Intel Core i5-7200U to Intel Core i5-8250U which of course performs better than the older processor. When it comes to gaming, Acer has offered a dedicated GPU i.e GeForce MX150 with 2GB VRAM. It is pretty hard to find a laptop with discrete GPU at this budget and Acer has done an excellent job by providing everything at this price.
You won’t be able to every game on this machine but you can play some low-medium demanding games at decent frame rates. If you are interested to know about the gaming performance of this laptop, then you should watch this video where more than 10 games have been tested.
Here are the ports you’ll be getting on this laptop.
Not the best selection of ports, but a decent one I would say.
Just to let you know that this laptop has an optical drive which is pretty rare to see these days. If you care about the optical drive in a laptop, then this might be useful to you. The laptop also has the backlit keyboard which might be helpful while doing any work in late nights.
At last, the battery life.
Acer claims it can give you 15 hours of battery life but that’s not accurate in real-world usage. According to Martin, you can get up to 8 hours with mediocre usage. While recording the podcasts and doing some high demanding tasks, you can expect up to 5 hours of battery life.
Overall, this is one of the cheap and best laptops for podcasting you can get under 600 dollars.
4. ASUS VivoBook F510UA
Again an affordable yet powerful laptop which costs a little over $550 but this time it comes from Asus, which is one of the trusted brands in the world. This laptop has similar specs to the above Acer Aspire but this it is better than Acer Aspire is some areas and that’s what I’m going to talk about right now.
The display is same 15.6 inches as the Acer Aspire but I have to say the Asus Vivobook has a slightly better display. Asus has done a good job by reducing the top and side bezels which makes the laptop very attractive. The display has almost zero reflections which means it is perfectly suitable for outdoor usage.
It has mediocre build quality as most of the body made out of plastic but the design of the laptop is far better than Acer Aspire. The laptop weighs only 3.7 lbs (1.7 kg) which is fairly portable I would say.
When it comes to storage, you’ll get 128GB SSD and 1TB 5400 RPM Hard drive. There is another model where you’ll get only 1TB HDD and it’ll cost you $90 cheaper than this laptop. I would strongly advise you to go for the model with SSD or else you’ll have to face performance issues for sure.
You’ll get 8GB DDR4 RAM and the same processor as Acer Aspire i.e Intel Core i5-8250U. The performance on this machine is extremely good and it is suitable for both lightweight and heavy usage. This is surely one of the best laptops for recording audio at a very low budget
One major thing to notice on this laptop is, despite charging less than 600 dollars Asus has decided to offer fingerprint scanner. It works fast and unlocks the laptop very quickly.
The ports you’ll be getting on this machine are 1 USB 3.1 Type-C, 1 USB 3.0, 2 USB 3.0, HDMI and an SD card reader. Just to remind you that Asus has not offered any dedicated GPU on this laptop.
When it comes to battery life, this laptop doesn’t stand out from the crowd. It has mediocre battery life I would say. It can last up 4 hours while doing tasks like podcasting and a little over of 5 hours while doing some basic tasks such as browsing or streaming. Don’t expect long battery life on this laptop.
5. HP Spectre x360
This HP Spectre x360 is a quite expensive laptop but it does provide some quality specs and stuff for the money. This is a 2-in-1 laptop which means you can either use it as a Laptop or Tablet as per your convenience.
The 15.6-inch IPS 4K touchscreen display of the HP Spectre is stunning and elegant which have very good viewing angles and color accuracy. The laptop has the same screen resolution as Dell XPS 13 2018 i.e 3840 x 2160. If can spend a good amount for a premium laptop with an amazing display, then surely HP Spectre x360 is one of the best choices you have right now.
Note: Stylus does support on this touchscreen laptop but you need to get it separately which will cost you $10.
Coming to the storage and performance, HP has offered 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD and 16GB DDR4 memory. The SSD performs well and the RAM helps the system to perform multitasking without any fuss. A buyer named Peter has recommended uninstalling bloatware for a better performance.
You’ll get the same processor as XPS 13 2018 i.e Intel Core i7-8550U. This is a powerful processor which is not only suitable for a podcaster but also for vloggers, programmers and more. One main difference between XPS 13 and this HP Spectre is, this laptop has a discrete GPU i.e GeForce MX150 which may not be powerful graphics but it can be handy at times.
You’ll be getting some handful of ports on this machine i.e 1 Thunderbolt 3, 1 USB 3.1 Type-C, 1 USB 3.1 and HDMI offered on this laptop. The laptop weighs 4.4 pounds (Approx. 2 kg) and you can occasionally roam with it if you want.
And lastly, the battery life.
Don’t expect a very long lasting battery life in this 4k laptop. By doing some mediocre tasks, you can expect 4-5 hours of battery life. While doing some big tasks, you can expect up to 1.5-2 hours of battery life.
Note: Surely, this is one of the good laptop for podcasting, but don’t go for this laptop If you have a very tight budget.
6. ASUS ZenBook Pro
And Finally, the last best laptop for podcasting on the list is Asus ZenBook Pro which again comes under the category of premium laptops.
The Zenbook Pro has a full aluminum body which is sturdy yet sleek and lightweight. Based on the pricing, Asus has delivered a laptop with good build quality. The laptop weighs only 4 pounds (1.8 kg) which is perfectly portable and easy to travel with anywhere. Again, this is a touchscreen laptop with 15.6 inches full HD display. The display is very good for a podcaster and there is nothing to complain about it.
You’ll be getting the same 512GB PCIe NVMe SSD as the above HP Spectre. The read and write speed of this SSD are 2700 MB and 1550MB respectively which is pretty good. Asus has offered 16GB DDR4 RAM on this machine which does a fine job. Unfortunately, you can’t upgrade the RAM as it is soldered into the motherboard.
The CPU on this machine i.e Intel Core i7-7700HQ may not be the latest one still it is a very powerful processor. It can easily handle multiple heavy tasks at once. The laptop also has discrete graphics card i.e GTX1050 Ti with 4GB GDDR5 VRAM.
One of the major flaws of this laptop is its poor thermal management. The laptop does a fine while editing video/ audio, general usage, multimedia but while playing games for a long period of time, it gets heats a lot. If you do play games in your leisure times, you need to keep this in mind or you can go for a better gaming laptop such as Acer Predator Helios 300 which costs way cheaper than this laptop.
The ZenBook Pro has one of the best speakers in the market right now. Asus has offered 4 Harman Kardon speakers, 2 on the sides and 2 are down firing. The speakers deliver amazing audio quality which will be surely helpful for a podcaster to test their recordings.
You’ll find a fingerprint reader in the trackpad area which you can use to unlock the laptop via Windows Hello feature.
When it comes to I/O, you’ll get 2 USB 3.1 Type-C with Thunderbolt 3, 2 USB 3.0, HDMI and a micro SD card. A full sized SD card would have been better instead of a micro SD card in my opinion.
And lastly, the battery life.
You might be disappointed about some of the above laptops because of their poor or mediocre battery life but this Asus Zenbook Pro does stand out from the crowd and may have the best battery life in this list.
Asus claims to offer 14 hours of battery life for mediocre tasks but according to Bron, you can expect 8-12 hours of battery life which is really outstanding I would say. While doing some heavy tasks, it can last up to 3-5 hours which is again very good in my opinion.
Video by: Dave Lee
If you are a podcaster, you should always choose the best (or at least good) laptop for your profession based on your current budget. I would suggest you to for the best one If you have a good investment. If you have a low or moderate budget, you choose any good laptop which I have talked about in this post.
Try to avoid laptops with weak specifications and don’t go for a Chromebook as a podcaster because you can’t do a lot of things on that.
So what you think of these 6 best laptops for podcasting? Which one is your favorite and what other laptops you wish to add here? Let me know in the comments below.