What computer/laptop do you use?

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ittigger

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iMac (all in one), I agree. Desktop, I do not. While you think you do not look like other dj's (because it's an iMac), I wonder how many customers feel the same way.
 
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I haven’t seen anybody using a desktop in almost 20 years. There were the some who built there systems in rack mount cases. But that was so long ago before laptop became affordable and powerful. By 2000 my Sony vaio laptop equaled my Sony Vaio desktop. But beside the weight & size issue. Laptops are made to be moved & desktops are not.
I would like to know what you think desktop can do that a laptop can’t in respect to DJing?
Just to let you know my laptop from 2007 handled video with VDJ although you had to limit the size the of track which preload. Likely a limitation of limited Ram on machine
 

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I haven’t seen anybody using a desktop in almost 20 years. There were the some who built there systems in rack mount cases. But that was so long ago before laptop became affordable and powerful. By 2000 my Sony vaio laptop equaled my Sony Vaio desktop. But beside the weight & size issue. Laptops are made to be moved & desktops are not.
I would like to know what you think desktop can do that a laptop can’t in respect to DJing?
Just to let you know my laptop from 2007 handled video with VDJ although you had to limit the size the of track which preload. Likely a limitation of limited Ram on machine
I don't think the OP is actually a mobile DJ .. more like a bedroom hobbyist.
 

steve149

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Actually we are all “bedroom/house/home” DJs now. Unfortunately. I may have to pullout my small controller and practice after I finish updating my website.

But now “feels much more faster” make sense.
No House for me .. ba dum tsshh .
 

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I don't use a laptop because i find PC/computer is way better and also feels much more faster
I used a desktop for 6 or 7 years. Yes it's harder to carry but the main reason I stopped taking it is because desktops just aren't supposed to be moved that much. I'll bet I rebuilt mine an average once a year and I'm fairly careful
 

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Since I'm bored, a self-serving brag picture that is supposed to be worth a thousand words -

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This is where the magic happens. The two identical laptops, sound cards, and controllers. Both have Serato, Traktor, and Mixvibes loaded on them, plus identical music libraries (which are also backed up in the external drive on the far right). This view has Cross DJ V3.4.3 on the right, and Mixvibes' newest on the left, Cross DJ V4.2. What you can't see are all the bugs in V4.2! Depending on the gig, one or both of these get dragged out of the house.

Everything is 64 bit. Somehow Serato works with the sound card in the Vestax Typhoon controllers, even though Vestax never wrote 64 bit ASIO drivers for it. For Traktor and Mixvibes, I have to use the NI Audio 2 DJ sound card with it's 64 bit ASIO driver, and the Typhoon's are just midi controllers.
 

MIXMASTERMACHOM

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The model number is stamped right on your machines Mix. It's either on the top .. or the bottom. All ya gotta do is look and read. If you ever need help, this is one of the first things they ask. If you call Lenovo for help - and they ask you which model, and you answer Lenovo - then you're already making people frustrated.
I know this. I just didn't feel like looking them up right then and there. Besides both are older laptops and didn't want to hear the flack even though both are working just fine.
 

MIXMASTERMACHOM

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iMac (all in one), I agree. Desktop, I do not. While you think you do not look like other dj's (because it's an iMac), I wonder how many customers feel the same way.
I said it before. It's not about what you use but knowing how to use what you have. Now if it doesn't work or isn't working properly then it still won't matter. Some swear by a Mac. I have a super old Lenovo that is my main laptop and I don't see a need to change things right now. What I do is my best to not put it online. That's what I got my phone and PC for.
 

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I know this. I just didn't feel like looking them up right then and there. Besides both are older laptops and didn't want to hear the flack even though both are working just fine.
FLACK???😂 I don’t remember you ever getting flack over the AGE of your gear... Over the condition; YES! The age is not as important than the condition, and having a good risk mitigation plan. All gear fails eventually. All computers fail eventually. Older gear is more at risk, so you have to plan for the inevitable.
 

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FLACK???😂 I don’t remember you ever getting flack over the AGE of your gear... Over the condition; YES! The age is not as important than the condition, and having a good risk mitigation plan. All gear fails eventually. All computers fail eventually. Older gear is more at risk, so you have to plan for the inevitable.
That's where backup gear comes in.
 

MIXMASTERMACHOM

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You just complained that it only woks when plugged in and you didn't have $15 to fix it.

Not taking advice from you... ever!
It's working fine now. The battery needs to be replaced. My partner was moving the laptop around crazy like that the plug would come out from the laptop.
 

DJ Bobcat

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It's working fine now. The battery needs to be replaced. My partner was moving the laptop around crazy like that the plug would come out from the laptop.
The DC Power Jack on an old laptop is one of the first things to wear out. The power supply connector falls out very easily because the port is loose and sloppy. It’s a cheap and easy fix, though. Battery replacements are not difficult to find either, but not always inexpensive, depending on availability. A model that sold massive quantities is going to be cheaper and easier to find than batteries for less popular brands/models.
 
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