help on selecting the right laptop

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Some documentairy makers will follow me on my switch to Linux/Ardour as a pro composer and sound designer. At first I thought about buying this laptop but since it lacks a webcam it seems, I need something else.

Could you recommend me on a laptop with a good audio interface and webcam? Should be not more than about $500 more or less.

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That laptop DOES have a webcam, just look at the very top of he screen and you will see a small lens (circle) about 1cm dimeter, besides, if it didn't have it, can't you just go to office depot and buy one?????

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laptops wit a webcam are 10 a penny (i.e. it's pretty much standard on the lower-end machines, "serious" laptops don't have them because corporate IT departments don't like them).

If you do buy a webcam make sure you don't get one with troublesome chipset like i did, some Logitech models are "linuxally challanged".

On the opther hand I'm not sure laptops with "a good audio interface" even exist. Mostly they use $0.50 audio chips and they sound rubbish, even the pricier models (can't comment on the Apple models but you won't get one for 500 bucks)

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The laptop mentioned would be a good option in that the hardware and software have been tested together
It also includes some bundled commercial software at that price.

If I were to look at hardware in the same league as that offering without the bundling I would look at the Lenevo S10 as it has some sort of card interface which will give you the chance to run cardbus soundcards or have a firewire interface. Otherwise you are limited to onboard sound or usb based devices (and a lot of newer usb devices aren't yet fully supported).

Otherwise you will be looking at a full sized laptop... and best suggestion is to grab a cd based audio distro and try running it before you buy the thing. Some firewire chipsets work better with linux than others, some wifi chipsets work better etc.

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I currently have a Lenovo G530 model which has an embedded cam and it works flawlessly in UbuntuStudio 9.04 along with sound and I am just trying to learn Ardour.

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