How to Buy the Best DJ Netbook

by Jay Bika on December 12, 2008 · 4 comments

in Netbook Buying Guide

The most important consideration when shopping for a DJ netbook is processing power. If you run Serato, Final Scratch and other DJ software, the last thing that you want in your hand is a computer that will create audio delays or even worse freeze completely.

Fortunately, DJ software developers have smartened up and are now making software that’s powerful but not as processing power intensive. I have spoken to some DJs who say that their most important consideration when buying a DJ netbook was hard drive size. I think that they’re wrong because even if a DJ netbook had 500GB, eventually anyone would run out of space and would need an external hard drive.

What about specific DJ netbooks such as Indamixx? Well, while it’s a clever concept, you need to also consider that it’s all in marketing. Any netbook can be a DJ netbook as long as it delivers the goods (processing power, decent graphics and lots of RAM).

*With a DJ netbook setup, no worrying about the future generation ruining your super expensive laptop :)

I find that netbooks are a wonderful invention for DJs and other mobile professionals. With their low price, now DJs can buy a dedicated DJ netbook instead of hauling around their main laptop for spinning. If some drunk person had to spill beer all over it and messes it up, the lost $400 would be easier to swallow than if the same thing happened to a $3000 pimped up MacBook Pro!

What DJ netbook do you use or have you seen used in setups?

* Photo: Seo2 | Salvador | Dolores

{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

1 ronald stewart December 15, 2008 at 6:38 pm

Indamixx Netbook $499.00 fully loaded with Digital DJ application

2 mat March 1, 2009 at 8:01 am

ive used my 7 inch asus eeepc with zararadio connected through an audio compressor/limiter in to a jands 600s class a amplifier powering twin 15 bins with great success.
my data storage is a usb external hard disk as primary storage and a pair of old 20 gb ipods in disk mode as redundant storage *running rock box firmware with music stored in standard mp3 format.

the result is a very easy to use compact and portable system with redundant playback facilities incase of a crash. rockbox supports on the fly playlist creation meaning a standby source is always around.

id like to aquire a 9 inch eeepc purely for the extra screen res.

3 ronald stewart May 28, 2009 at 12:32 am
4 John R August 7, 2009 at 11:49 pm

I’m trying to set up Scratch Live on a Lenovo S10. The processing specs should be fine, but the 1024 X 600 resolution stops the program from even launching. I’m looking for a workaround now.

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