[LAU] New laptop - advice needed

Jeremy Jongepier jeremy at autostatic.com
Mon Aug 19 07:43:57 UTC 2013

On 08/19/2013 08:28 AM, Atte André Jensen wrote:
> Hi
> I'm replacing my lenovo X61s (dualcore 1.6Ghz) laptop, mostly due to a
> hard drive that's starting to fail and need some advice.
> I'm having problems finding something that has the right balance between
> specs and price *and* has firewire. This means I might have to replace
> my Edirol FA-66 with an USB based sound card. Will I be able to get low
> latancy (<10ms) and reliable performance from an USB sound card? Any
> suggestions for a sound card (minimum 4in (2 of these should be phantom
> power) + 4out) what will provide zero-latency monitoring and work
> out-of-the-box with linux?

Hi Atte,

FireWire is being phased out. Same goes for ExpressCard, at least the
notebook I recently bought doesn't have any other interface slots other
than USB. And yes, you should be able to get <10ms latency and reliable
performance with USB. I'm using FireWire too on my main system but I'm
thinking about selling the unit and getting a USB device like the
Presonus 1818VSL so I can use it on my notebook too.
The notebook itself is a custom built one:



> Right now I'm leaning towards a Lenovo IdeaPad U310 core i7, with 500GB
> HD + 24GB SSD, the idea would be to install the system on the SSD and
> have the data sit on the slower HD:
> http://laptops.dk/product_info.php?cPath=203&products_id=4875
> Any reasons this would be a bad/good choice?

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