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MusicXPC Professional M4 Intel Core 2 Duo 1.83GHz Laptop Computer   

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A mobile speed demon for the music producer on the move.

The Professional M4 Laptop Computer is a dream machine built for speed, durability and mobility. The beautiful, sleek design coupled with the overwhelming power and speed makes this the best friend of the busy music producer moving from studio to studio to home. The Professional M4 runs quietly partly because it is built on Intel's Core 2 Duo for more speed with less heat. The machine is specially tweaked for music production and will run large projects in Cubase, ProTools, Sonar, Reason and others like lightning. And you will operate your production schedule with the peace of mind that comes from the industry's best backup and restoration utility. Apart from being a top performer for music software, the M4 is mainstream with everything you would expect like USB 2.0, FireWire, Wireless LAN, PC Card Slot, etc. and other features you may not, like Gigabit LAN, 8X DVD+/-RW and a 3-year warranty.

The Professional M4 is a notebook computer designed for serious music production. It features an Intel Core 2 Duo 1.83GHz CPU, a 100GB 5,400 rpm 8MB cache hard drive, 1GB of DDR2-667 RAM [expandable to 2GB], and a 15.4" WXGA wide angle, non-glare screen that gives you visibility even at off-axis points of view. The M4 comes with a recovery utility that stores the system factory settings outside of Windows XP in a host-protected area of the hard drive. This allows you to restore the M4 to the factory even if the hard drive has been accidentally reformatted. The M4 has Gigabit LAN to improve workflow and play projects stored on other computers via Ethernet; built in 8X DVD+/-RW burner for archiving and much more. Ultimately, and perhaps most importantly, it is the handiwork of Les Bateman, so you know it's going to work perfectly.

Intel Core 2 Duo CPU
The Professional M4 is powered by an Intel Core 2 Duo CPU running on a 667 MHz front-side-bus architecture. The Core 2 Duo offers breakthrough performances in mobile CPUs that will make most existing desktops look like they are running in reverse. The secret is a revolutionary micro architecture which delivers 2 processor cores that are optimized to run multiple tasks in parallel. The result is more than twice the speed of previous generations and 5 times the speed of a Powerbook G4. Add to that a power consumption drop of more than 28% and you also have a much quieter machine since only smaller, slower fans are needed to assist the heat pipe in keeping things cool.

Mother of all Mobile Chipsets
The Professional M4 is built on the Intel 945GM chipset, which delivers more performance while drawing less power. In fact, the 945GM chipset draws 28% less power than previous generations. In graphics this chipset delivers twice the performance and enables up to 25% higher data transfer rates. Additionally, it features PCI Express x16 graphics ports and PCI Express x1 I/O ports, next generation Serial ATA, and Hi-Speed USB 2.0 connectivity. The 667MHz front side bus and support for DDR2 667MHz RAM makes this as fast, flexible and powerful as server towers of just a couple years ago. The M4 is built on a foundation that is technologically state-of-the-art.

1GB Crucial DDR2 667 RAM
The Professional M4 is equipped with 1GB of dual-channel DDR2 667 MHz RAM. The RAM size and speed are critical to the smooth operation of your music computer. The RAM speed can be a bottleneck even on systems with high CPU clock speeds. DDR2 667MHz means that on this laptop, you won't be waiting on the RAM. The RAM is perfectly matched to the front side bus. 1 GB of RAM is now essential for anyone running large projects with dozens of tracks and also anyone running virtual instruments that rely on large sample libraries. Running that 30GB orchestral library? No problem with the Professional M4. This is what it was designed to manhandle.

100MB Serial-ATA Hard Drive
The Professional M4 separates itself from other notebooks with a 100GB Serial ATA hard drive that is sure to tame even the densest project. An 8MB cache buffer, 5400-RPM spin speed, 900G shock tolerance and Seagate's QuietStep technology makes this drive fast, durable and quiet. The Serial ATA interface allows 1.5Gb/s interface speed for blazing fast transfers. The 5400-RPM speed delivers almost 50% more performance than 4200 HDs while maintaining low power consumption. This means the Professional M4 will glide through large projects with over 100 tracks and not choke due to the 12.5 msec average seek time of the hard drive. Don't try this with just ordinary laptops.

8X Dual Layer DVD Optical Drive

The Professional M4 ships with an 8X CD/DVD+/-RW recordable optical drive that does it all. Not only does it whip through CD authoring tasks, it also allows for backups of your audio projects to dual-layer DVD discs. This optical drive records data up to 4.7GB per side on DVD media and writes in all kinds of formats: DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW, DVD-RAM and CD-R/-RW. The Super-Multi also reads most DVD and CD formats, including DVD+R/+RW. This adds up to one versatile drive suitable for any application. Buffer Under-run Protection and UltraDMA support ensure fast, reliable writing every time. Supported formats include: DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD+R DL, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-R DL, DVD-RAM, CD-R, CD-RW.

Very Quiet Operation
The Professional M4 would not be a MusicXPC if it didn't have components carefully selected to generate the whisper quiet operation music producers desire, deserve and demand. Each generation of computing technology ups the ante with respect to speed in all areas, this speed comes with a price - heat. To keep things cool, some computers employ an army of fans and we all know that this only brings with it an army of noise. The Professional M4 uses hard drives with SoftSonic FDB motors which deliver virtually inaudible operating acoustics. A heat-pipe on the CPU conducts heat away from the CPU using simple convection so everything remains quiet - the way you want it.

Tweaked for Music
We spend what seems like every waking moment loading the latest versions ProTools or SONAR or Nuendo on our systems in a never ending quest to optimize performance within the applications and within the OS. The Professional M4 is heavily 'tweaked' for music production. This means that the services that are not needed for music are disabled and ones needed to optimize performance for music production and intensive hard disk recording are enabled. With a MusicXPC there is no need to make any adjustments. Simple unpack this dream machine, install your software and start making music. We tested the Professional M4 extensively with ProTools 7, Nuendo 3, Cubase 4, SONAR 6, Reason 3, FL Studio 6, Melodyne 3 and many others. Just make music.

Ports Galore
The Professional M4 covers every type of connection that music producers need now and in the near future. There are 3 USB 2.0 ports on the side of the laptop (instead of the rear) thereby protecting the ports from damage caused by lifting the front of the laptop. There are VGA, FireWire and Gigabit LAN ports on the sides also. There is a line in, a microphone in, line out, S-video port, modem, and even a built in camera for teleconferencing. But wait . . . there's more . . . a PC Card Slot keeps the M4 compatible with the PCM-CIA world, Express Card Slot ties it to the future with EC54 and 34 support and the 4-in-1 media card slot makes it a computer for every application.

Host Protected Backup/Restore
The Professional M4 sets itself apart from all other music computers with the inclusion of an almost magical backup/restore facility with the power to turn a nightmare of tears into a sigh of relief. You can easily survive major computer horrors and crashes by restoring the computer in minutes rather than weeks. How is this possible?

Before a Professional M4 is born we do some special work in the womb - so to speak. A special section called the Host Protected Area [HPA]is created on the main hard drive specially to hold the original factory image as well as future user created backup images. This is followed by the installation of the Windows XP section of the drive. The HPA is "Hidden Zone" invisible to the Windows OS and cannot be erased or tampered with by normal operations. This preserves and protects the backups and factory images from damage, accidents, viruses and deletions. Even if you format the main hard drive, the HPA is immune - it cannot be deleted. The music producer can easily survive a fatal computer crash by invoking a restore procedure to a previous image stored in the HPA.

Service and Support
MusicXPC is supported by an informative live telephone support line where you are treated like a human being and not an incident number. Customer support is FREE.

Don't Worry, Be Creative
MusicXPC takes the trouble out of making music today in a demanding studio environment by making triple sure that the system will work in 95% of conditions. this gives you unprecedented power and flexibility out of the box - no upgrades needed. In the end you get to spend more time thinking about and music instead of installing drivers for the next version of Tiger, Leopard or Grrrr!!. Let music reign. Rock on!

With all these bases covered, you can buy a MusicXPC Professional with the peace of mind that it will do the job without making you lose yours. The M4 is the ideal tool for the busy producer who moves from studio to home and from city to city and need to bring his 'virtual studio' with him wherever he goes. It is fast, quiet and robust. With this workhorse you the only thing you have to worry about is the music.


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SPECIFICATIONS

Professional M4 Intel Core 2 Duo 1.83GHz Laptop Computer

  • MODEL: PROFESSIONAL M4
    CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo 1.83Hz CPU/667 FSB
    CHIPSET: Intel 945GM Express
    DISPLAYz: Support 15.4" WXGA TFT Active Matrix Color (1280 x 800)
    SYSTEM: Windows XP
    MEMORY: DDR2 667MHz with 1GB module. Upgradeable to 2GB memory by two sets of 1GB SODIMM
    VIDEO: Intel Graphics Media Accelerator (GMA) 950 with DirectX 9 acceleration
    VIDEO RAM: 64-224MB Dynamic - shared with system RAM
    HARD DISC: 100GB, 5400 RPM, SATA 1.5GB/s; 9.5mm, 2.5' HDD
    OPTICAL DRIVE: 8X DVD+/-RW
    SOUND: AD1986A AC97 Codec, Microphone-in, Line-in and Headphone-out, Auto-sense jack capability, Keyboard control, Capable of playing CD while LCD panel is closed (BTO)
    SPEAKER: Two speakers 2W
    PC CARD BUS: ENE 712 (included Card bus + Flashcard Reader controller), PC Card 95 supported with one type-II (No type-III support) Card sockets, 3-port FireWire PC card bus (6-pin) included, Power switch ENE CP2211. Additional 1394 Phy VIA VT6301

    Communications
    MODEM: V.92/56K bps, Compliant and 14.4K bps Send/Receive Fax with MDC solution
    LAN: Gigabit LAN 10/100/1000 Mbps
    WIRELESS LAN: Wireless LAN 802.11b/g, module integrated for Mini-PCI interface.

    Ports
    3 USB 2.0 ports
    VGA monitor display port, 15 pins
    Microphone-in
    Headphone-out
    DC-in
    RJ-11 phone jack for 56Kbps V.92 Modem port
    RJ-45 Gigabit Ethernet port
    Kensington lock
    TV-Out (S-Video)
    1 on notebook, 3 on included PC Card
    4-in-1 card reader [SD/MMC/MS/MS Pro]
    PCMCIA

    Physical
    DIMENSIONS: 360mm x 265mm x 33mm
    WEIGHT: 2.9 Kg / 6.5 lb
    AC ADAPTER: Universal AC adapter. 90-264V AC, 47-63Hz, 65W with 19V DC output, Dimension: 108 mm x 45.5mm x 25.9mm, Weight: 0.56 g, 3 pin type for AC inlet and AC plug
    BATTERY: 8 cell LI-ION of 18650 size w/ 65WH(14.8V x 4400mAh) capacity, Battery life: 4.5 hrs min, Charge time 2.5 hrs max. (System off or suspend at room temperature), Smart Battery Compliant

    Other
    MOUSE: Optical Mouse included
    FIREWIRE CARD: 3-port FireWire PC card bus (6-pin)
    ENVIRONMENT: Operating temperature: 0 ” 35C, Storage temperature: -20 - 65C, Humidity: Operating: 10 - 90% without condensation, Altitude: Operating sea level to 10,000 ft, Storage sea level to 40,000 ft
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3.7

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3.0

Worked well for me for a couple years

By GuitarOfGold

from Undisclosed

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My "Value" rating may be biased, since I am not taking quality into account. But anyway...I'd been using this to record about 8 tracks at a time (limited by my own interface), and mixing projects up to around 20 tracks @ 44.1 kHz/24-bit with maybe 4 VST plugins per track on average. By that point, I was really pressing the system hard. I could still mix, but would drop out every once in a while. It got kind of annoying, so I ended up buying another machine. I still have this one and use it frequently as a regular laptop, and occasionally for recording that I have to do away from home (since my new computer is a desktop machine).The real bottleneck of this system is the hard drive. It only spins 5400 rpm, so if you need to record lots of tracks all at once, it might not make it, depending on your preferred bitrate. Another problem is the fan. For some stupid reason, this laptop was designed with passive cooling, supposedly to reduce fan speed (and consequently, noise). The thing gets hot (though not so much with audio as it does now when I use it for gaming). The fan swishes pretty loud... not enough to screw up my mixing, I don't think... but I'm now using a computer with bigger fans (and 3 of them at that) plus one in my power amp, and that all together is still not as loud as the fan in this laptop. It does adjust speed according to temperature, as it should, but the average level, to me, is a little loud.Also, there's one area of the casing that's weak, and I've broken, and that's the area where the PCMCIA and Express card slots are located. The black part of the casing here is thin, as you can see in the picture, and after some average handling, it eventually cracked (only a few months after I bought it. No big deal.One thing I will say - the thing is a tank. It got kicked off a stool in the middle of a recording gig and didn't even break. Didn't mess up the hard drive or anything, either. I just plugged my firewire back in and finished recording. :-)

 
5.0

Fantastic Machine

By musictchr84

from PA

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My school district purchased this for me 2 y's ago. It is a work horse! One adv. over other PC's, it doesn't come with a lot of software. U put in what you want! Very fast! Good support from manufacturer.

 
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BUYER BEWARE!

By hopps

from Georgia

Please don't buy this. I don't own this, but my dad has owned a computer business for almost 15 years, so I know my stuff. Please don't get this because this is WAYYYYY overpriced for the money. For this price you can get a Dell (better quality; Gateway, Acer, and E-machine are very bad computers. They die after warranty. Trust me, I've seen it plenty) with atleast 2GB of ram, a 120GB Hard drive, and a faster processor (probably 1.8-2.0ghz). Please, save your money and get something better!!!!!

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