Top Picks for the Audio Editor

Top Picks for the Audio Editor

You've been playing with audio. Maybe you're getting started with recording your music or you need to clean up and sync audio for podcasts or videos. You will need a few extra toys for recording but the following will run audio edition software fine.

Your options 9 top results, ranging in price from ∼ US$589 to US$790, with accessories.

Let's start with a broad search. The following offer the best value for the lowest price regardless of format preference. As a result, you will most likely see stationary computers down here and maybe a few portable options. You have the option to look for a specific kind of device at the bottom of the page.

  • HP Pavilion 590 Desktop PC Guillaume's pick; 7 times!

    HP Pavilion 590 Desktop PC from US$23046%, Best price yet!
    ~$589 with accessories

    With a large hard drive, this computer is a good fit for the collector of photos, music, videos and any file you'd prefer not to store in the cloud.

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power1/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability4/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage5/5
    Portability1/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck2.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Music Production

    4.5/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in Audacity

    4.5/5
    This should run nicely

    performance in GarageBand

    N/A
    Not Available For this Platform

    performance in GarageBand for iOS

    N/A
    Not Available For this Platform
    Specs
    Processor: AMD A10-9700
    Graphics: AMD Radeon R7 Graphics
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 2 TB
    Dimensions: 17.00 x 27.70 x 33.80 cm
    Weight: 5.150 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the retailer's site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • HP 15

    HP 15" Laptop from US$46025%, Best price yet!
    ~$620 with accessories

    This laptop is designed to be versatile for a minimal cost. A few sacrifices were made to get the price down this far, but if you don't need the smallest comput... Read More about the 15-DW0007CA

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    performance in Music Production

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Audacity

    3/5
    More than the bare minimum but not quite recommended specs.

    performance in GarageBand

    N/A
    Not Available For this Platform

    performance in GarageBand for iOS

    N/A
    Not Available For this Platform
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-8265U
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 256.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 35.85 x 24.18 x 1.99 cm
    Weight: 1.770 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the retailer's site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • HP 15

    HP 15" Laptop from US$460;
    ~$620 with accessories

    This laptop is designed to be versatile for a minimal cost. A few sacrifices were made to get the price down this far, but if you don't need the smallest comput... Read More about the 15-DW0037CA

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power2/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    performance in Music Production

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Audacity

    3/5
    More than the bare minimum but not quite recommended specs.

    performance in GarageBand

    N/A
    Not Available For this Platform

    performance in GarageBand for iOS

    N/A
    Not Available For this Platform
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i3-8145U
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 256.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 35.85 x 24.20 x 1.99 cm
    Weight: 1.740 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Staples site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • HP 15

    HP 15" Notebook from US$440;
    ~$600 with accessories

    Designed to be capable of handling everyday productivity tasks while remaining as affordable as possible, this laptop strikes a pretty good balance... Read More about the 15-dy0008ca

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy3/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy2.5/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    performance in Music Production

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Audacity

    3/5
    More than the bare minimum but not quite recommended specs.

    performance in GarageBand

    N/A
    Not Available For this Platform

    performance in GarageBand for iOS

    N/A
    Not Available For this Platform
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i3-8145U
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 256.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 35.85 x 24.20 x 1.79 cm
    Weight: 1.700 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Best Buy site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • HP Pavilion 15

    HP Pavilion 15" Laptop from US$460;
    ~$620 with accessories

    A no-frills laptop for everyday needs, it is worth considering for common homework and going online for social media, emails, etc.

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power2/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy3/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy2/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    performance in Music Production

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Audacity

    3/5
    More than the bare minimum but not quite recommended specs.

    performance in GarageBand

    N/A
    Not Available For this Platform

    performance in GarageBand for iOS

    N/A
    Not Available For this Platform
    Specs
    Processor: AMD Ryzen 3 3200U
    Graphics: AMD Radeon Vega 3 Graphics
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 256.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 36.16 x 24.56 x 1.79 cm
    Weight: 1.800 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the retailer's site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • HP Pavilion Desktop PC Guillaume's pick; 36 times!

    HP Pavilion Desktop PC from US$3806% cheaper than usual
    ~$790 with accessories

    A cost-efficient computer for homework and even quite a bit of creativity.

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability4/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability1/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck0.5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Music Production

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Audacity

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in GarageBand

    N/A
    Not Available For this Platform

    performance in GarageBand for iOS

    N/A
    Not Available For this Platform
    Specs
    Processor: AMD A10-9700
    Graphics: AMD Radeon R7 Graphics
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Dimensions: 17.00 x 27.70 x 33.80 cm
    Weight: 5.150 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Staples site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • Asus VivoBook 15 Guillaume's pick; 3 times!

    Asus VivoBook 15" Laptop from US$54022% cheaper than usual
    ~$720 with accessories

    This laptop is designed to be as thin and light as possible, sacrificing battery size as well as some maintenance options. Thankfully, it starts with adequate s... Read More about the X512FA-BB51-CB

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage3.5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    performance in Music Production

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Audacity

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in GarageBand

    N/A
    Not Available For this Platform

    performance in GarageBand for iOS

    N/A
    Not Available For this Platform
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-8265U
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics 620
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 512.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1920×1080
    Dimensions: 35.72 x 23.04 x 1.99 cm
    Weight: 1.750 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Best Buy site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • HP 15

    HP 15" Laptop from US$50012%, Best price yet!
    ~$670 with accessories

    This laptop is designed to be versatile for a modest cost. It's a compelling choice for productivity, but its built-in screen limits its multitasking potential.

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1/5
    Power2/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price1/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price1/5
    Power1/5
    Storage4.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1.5/5

    performance in Music Production

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in Audacity

    3/5
    More than the bare minimum but not quite recommended specs.

    performance in GarageBand

    N/A
    Not Available For this Platform

    performance in GarageBand for iOS

    N/A
    Not Available For this Platform
    Specs
    Processor: Intel Core i5-8250U
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
    Memory: 12.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 37.60 x 24.60 x 2.25 cm
    Weight: 1.900 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the retailer's site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×
  • HP Pavilion Desktop PC

    HP Pavilion Desktop PC from US$380;
    ~$790 with accessories

    This no-frills Desktop PC is especially well-suited for those of us who like to have more than one document open at once and keep an extensive media collection... Read More about the 590-p0109

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck2/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability4/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage5/5
    Portability1/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck0/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power0/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    performance in Music Production

    3/5
    Meets recommended specs

    performance in Audacity

    5/5
    Exceeds recommended specs, fit for hardcore users.

    performance in GarageBand

    N/A
    Not Available For this Platform

    performance in GarageBand for iOS

    N/A
    Not Available For this Platform
    Specs
    Processor: AMD A12-9800
    Graphics: AMD Radeon R7 Graphics
    Memory: 12.00 GB
    Storage: 2 TB
    Dimensions: 17.00 x 27.70 x 33.80 cm
    Weight: 5.150 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

    Product prices and availability are accurate as of the date/time indicated and are subject to change. Any price and availability information displayed on the Best Buy site at the time of purchase will apply to the purchase of this product. ×

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