When people think music production they often times think Mac… but do you really need a super expensive, top-of-the-line laptop if you’re balling on a budget and want to make some sick beats?

The rise of “bedroom producers” has increased the need for affordable electronics and professional quality music gear. With that in mind, Tech Radar rounded up all of the best tablet alternatives for music producers needing a production tool. If you can’t go Mac, these will suffice while you learn your craft.

If you’re interested in music production, make sure you research all viable options and make a choice that’s best suited for you, whether it’s a Mac or any of these other options. Read more on these devices from Tech Radar.

Microsoft Surface Pro

CPU: 2.4GHz Intel Core i5-6300U
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
Screen: 12.3-inch, 2736 x 1824 pixels
Storage: 256 GB SSD

Perks: excellent power, beautiful screen, build quality, USB 3.0 port
Bummers: battery isn’t up to much, type cover and surface pen sold separately

iPad Pro 12.9-inch

Graphics: Integrated
Screen: 12.9-inch, 2732 x 2048 pixels
Storage: 64 GB

Perks: unparalleled app library for music creation, beautiful screen, wealth of music apps
Bummers: smart cover and keyboard disappointing

Lenovo Yoga 720

CPU: 2.7GHz Intel Core i7-7200U
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
RAM: 8GB DDR4 (2,133MHz)
Screen: 13.3-inch, 1920 x 1080 pixels
Storage: 256 GB SSD

Perks: plenty of performance for DAW of your choice, one of the best hinge mechanisms out there, good number of ports, JBL speaker system offers a little extra, best of both tablet and laptop worlds
Bummers: little to fault with this device

Dell Chromebook 11

CPU: 2.48GHz Intel Celeron N3060
Graphics: Intel HD for Intel Celeron
Screen: 11.6-inch, 1366 x 768 pixels
Storage: 64 GB

Perks: crazy cheap, portable and durable, loud speakers, battery life, 180 degree hinge
Bummers: not powerful, but that’s not the point

Samsung Galaxy Book

CPU: 2.5GHz Intel Core i5-7200U
Graphics: Intel HD Graphics 620
Screen: 12-inch, 2160 x 1440 pixels
Storage: 256 GB SSD

Perks: Amazing screen, lots of power, keyboard included in the price, two USB ports for MIDI equipment, app flexibility, touch capabilities
Bummers: a lot of plastics used in the build, 4 hour battery life


Source: Tech Radar | Photo via Microsoft