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$520 to US$1050, 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.

  • #1, Stationary Computers (under $1200)
    HP Pavilion 590-p0099 Guillaume's pick; 8 times!

    HP Pavilion 590-p0099 from US$50011% cheaper than usual
    ~$940 with accessories

    If you need a PC capable of handling a bit more than garden variety productivity, this computer could be for you; especially if you need something simple, but w... Read More about the 590-p0099

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability4.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power3/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability1.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Tower Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage1/5
    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: Intel Core i5-8400
    Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 630
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Dimensions: 17.00 x 27.70 x 33.80 cm
    Weight: 5.150 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • #1, Laptops ($350 - $525)
    HP 15" Laptop

    HP 15" Laptop from US$3907% cheaper than usual
    ~$520 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 Price3/5
    Power2/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price3/5
    Power1/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy1/5

    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

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  • #1, Laptops ($525 - $800)
    Asus X series 15" VivoBook

    Asus X series 15" VivoBook from US$4608% cheaper than usual
    ~$620 with accessories

    This cost-efficient laptop is all about versatility; it won't exactly impress on any level, but it will keep most of your options open without investing in a sp... Read More about the X540UA-SB51-CB

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability1/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power2.5/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability0.5/5
    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: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 256.00 GB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 38.10 x 25.10 x 2.72 cm
    Weight: 1.900 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • #2, Laptops ($350 - $525)
    HP 14" Laptop

    HP 14" Laptop from US$390;
    ~$520 with accessories

    This laptop is all about cost-efficiency, it's not the strongest, lightest or thinnest out there, but to browse the web and work on a Word or Excel document fro... Read More about the 14-dk0058ca

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power2/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy0.5/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price2.5/5
    Power1/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability4/5
    Autonomy1/5

    performance in Music Production

    3/5
    Meets recommended specs

    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: 512.00 GB
    Screen Size: 14"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 32.40 x 22.59 x 1.99 cm
    Weight: 1.474 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • #4, Stationary Computers (under $1200)
    ME PC VT1000A Home PC

    ME PC VT1000A Home PC from US$560;
    ~$1050 with accessories

    This cost-efficient PC is a great solution to handle more than just typical homework. And thanks to the way it's built, you have several upgrade options in the... Read More about the MX75756

    Device Ratings

    by Stationary Computers standards

    Bang for the Buck1.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power0.5/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability4.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price3.5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability1.5/5
    AutonomyN/A

    by Compact Towers standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage2/5
    Portability3/5
    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 Ryzen 3 2200G
    Graphics: AMD Radeon Vega 8
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Dimensions: 9.60 x 37.00 x 33.40 cm
    Weight: 10.000 kg

    Pricing Accuracy

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  • #2, Laptops ($525 - $800)
    HP 15" Laptop - Silver

    HP 15" Laptop - Silver from US$500;
    ~$670 with accessories

    This cost-effective laptop could be a good choice if you're looking for something to handle common everyday tasks and do not mind focusing on only one thing at... Read More about the 15-dy1008ca

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

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

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1.5/5
    Power2/5
    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
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability3.5/5
    Autonomy3.5/5

    performance in Music Production

    3/5
    Meets recommended specs

    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 i3-1005G1
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics
    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: 1.690 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. ×
  • #3, Laptops ($525 - $800)
    Asus TUF 17-inch Gaming Laptop Guillaume's pick; 3 times!

    Asus TUF 17-inch Gaming Laptop from US$580;
    ~$799 with accessories

    This laptop's top priorities are performance and durability, and the resulting computer is capable of handling quite a few video games and creative tasks. It's... Read More about the FX705DY-EH53

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4/5
    Power3.5/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability0.5/5
    Autonomy0.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price4.5/5
    Power3/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability2/5
    Autonomy0.5/5

    by Large Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck5/5
    Versatility for the Price5/5
    Power1.5/5
    Storage1.5/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy2.5/5

    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 Ryzen 5 3550H
    Graphics: AMD Radeon RX 560X
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 512.00 GB
    Screen Size: 17.3"
    Screen Resolution: 1920×1080
    Dimensions: 39.88 x 27.98 x 2.79 cm
    Weight: 2.720 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. ×
  • #4, Laptops ($525 - $800)
    HP Pavilion 15" Laptop

    HP Pavilion 15" Laptop from US$540;
    ~$720 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 Price1.5/5
    Power2/5
    Storage3/5
    Portability2.5/5
    Autonomy2.5/5

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price2/5
    Power2/5
    Storage2.5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy2/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

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

    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. ×
  • #5, Laptops ($525 - $800)
    HP 15" Laptop

    HP 15" Laptop from US$530;
    ~$700 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-DW1008CA

    Device Ratings

    by Laptops standards

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

    by All Smart Devices standards

    Bang for the Buck3.5/5
    Versatility for the Price1/5
    Power2/5
    Storage4/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy1/5

    by Portable Laptops standards

    Bang for the Buck4/5
    Versatility for the Price1/5
    Power1/5
    Storage5/5
    Portability3/5
    Autonomy1/5

    performance in Music Production

    3/5
    Meets recommended specs

    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 i5-10210U
    Graphics: Intel UHD Graphics
    Memory: 8.00 GB
    Storage: 1 TB
    Screen Size: 15.6"
    Screen Resolution: 1366×768
    Dimensions: 35.85 x 24.20 x 1.99 cm
    Weight: 1.780 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. ×

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