The best Cyber Monday laptop deals for musicians, producers and DJs

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For music makers of all kinds, the computer is the one thing that pretty much all of us cannot do without. It is the bedrock of production life, whether you are scoring for film and TV, composing a classic opus, remixing the next floor-filler to hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100, or just experimenting with beats.

When everything is running smoothly, we're likely to forget all about our laptops and carry on as if life is peachy. However, there's a good chance that a few of us might spend a lot of time cursing their poor performance and lack of power, but put up with it, because let's face it, nobody likes reinstalling DAWs and plugins.

Well, we think you shouldn't struggle on any longer. Don't let your ailing machine get in the way of your creative flow and take the plunge in purchasing a new laptop for music production. 

If you hadn't noticed there's a fair few sales on right now, which is, of course, why you're here. If you've been planning on buying a new laptop on Black Friday and Cyber Monday for some time, then you may well have put in a lot of thought into the sort of specs you require. For those that are here on a whim, here are a few things to consider.

Do you require a machine that will need to run more than just music-making software? Is weight an issue? Are you on a budget? There are so many different variables to be looking out for, but what we can agree on is that more ram, larger hard drive size and higher performing CPUs are all generally things we're looking for in a laptop.

If you are a multimedia specialist who requires to run video and photo editing software, or you're also into gaming, then you might want to consider dedicated graphics processing. Check out the MSI GT75 Titan, which is $600 off - now $2,199 at Newegg, or the Asus ROG Strix GL703GS, which is now £1,499.97 down from £2,019.97 at Laptops Direct.

If you're looking for the most portable, lightweight and sleek laptop, then there may just be an Ultrabook with your name on it. The one on everyone's lips is the Huawei MateBook Pro X Huawei MateBook X Pro 13.9-inch, 256GB $100/£100 off at Newegg and Amazon respectively.

For those of those who are tied to macOS with Logic Pro X, or just looking for something on a budget, here we have the best deals, no matter what side of the Atlantic you are on, for laptops to suit all producers, DJ and musicians.

Best US deals

MacBook Pro (Mid 2018) up to $400 off list price
This is a great deal for a brand new MacBook Pro. Actually, there are several deals, the best giving you up to $300 off. Whether you're looking for a 15-inch or a 13-inch MacBook, you won't find a better price.View Deal

MacBook Pro (13.3-inch, 2018): $1,799 $1,649 at B&H
Apple's best 13-inch laptop to date is available from B&H Photo for a neat $150 off list price. That includes an Intel Core i5 CPU, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, plus the Apple Touch Bar.View Deal

Asus ZenBook 3 Deluxe (512GB): $1,699 $1,299 at Newegg
This premiere Ultrabook from Asus is available at a whopping $400 off list price through Newegg with a promo code. That's with a 512GB SSD and graphics-boosted Intel Kaby Lake R processor.View Deal

HP Envy x360 15 for just $699 – was $899
Costco has a huge deal on a 15.6-inch HP Envy x360 hybrid laptop with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, powered by an Intel Core i7 CPU, for an impressive $200 off asking price.View Deal

Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1: $690 $649 at Walmart
This AMD Ryzen-driven 2-in-1 laptop from Dell can be bought at Walmart for $41 off asking price. That includes AMD Vega graphics and a 128GB SSD.View Deal

Dell Inspiron 7000 17 2-in-1: $1,299 $899 at Amazon
If you want to test the limits of 2-in-1 laptop design, this is where to start. It's a strong, 17-inch 2-in-1 laptop and one of the top Amazon early Black Friday deals. Here's your chance to save $400 on this hybrid laptop.View Deal

Dell XPS 13 (Core i7, 256GB): $1,469 $1,099 at Office Depot
The latest version of Dell's flagship, souped up with an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD, is available now at Office Depot for a large $370 off list price.View Deal

Asus ROG Strix GL503GE: $1,039 $769 at Walmart
This stacked gaming laptop – with a 15.6-inch, 1080p display at 120Hz, a 128GB SSD and 1TB HDD combo, and Nvidia GTX 1050 Ti graphics – can be had for $270 off the list price.View Deal

Dell G3 17 Gaming: $1,259 $649 at Walmart
A fantastic gaming laptop deal we've found with a hard search. You can snag the 17-inch version of the same laptop that Dell is pushing – albeit with a slightly slower processor – for the very same price! View Deal

MSI GT75 Titan: $2,799 $2,199 at Newegg
This monster gaming laptop, with Nvidia GTX 1080 graphics and an Intel Core i7 processor, paired with a 128GB SSD/1TB HDD storage combo behind a 120Hz, FHD display, is now a massive $600 off.View Deal

ASUS ROG Strix SCAR II: $1,999 $1,599 on Newegg
This thin and light gaming laptop is packed with a hexa-core processor, 8GB of RAM and a GTX 1070 – it'll destroy any game you throw at it, not to mention countless plugins and channels. And, at $400 off on Newegg, it's a bargain.View Deal

Gigabyte Aero 15X: $2,299 $1,749 at Newegg
Not only is the Gigabyte Aero 15X one of the best well-equipped, thin-and-light gaming laptops on the market, it's also getting a great price discounted by $550 this Cyber Monday. View Deal

HP Omen 15T: $999 $799 at HP.com
This sweet gaming laptop deal nets you a 15.6-inch, 1080p display powered by an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GTX 1050 graphics and a 1TB hard drive as well as a copy of the latest Call of Duty.View Deal

Gigabyte Aero 15W for only $1,599 – was $1,999
With a promo code, you can grab this gaming laptop with an Nvidia GTX 1060 graphics card inside driving a 144Hz, 15.6-inch 1080p display with a 512GB SSD for $329 off the list price on Newegg.View Deal

Acer Predator Triton 700: $2,699 $1,999 at Amazon
You can nab this pro-level gaming laptop, complete with a 7th-gen Intel Core i7 processor and GTX 1080 graphics behind a 15.6-inch, 1080p 120Hz display for a cool $700.99 off.View Deal

Surface Pro 6 Type Cover bundle: $1,329 $999 at Microsoft
Microsoft has one sick deal with a whopping $330 savings on a slick, black Surface Pro 6 tablet with the Type Cover keyboard included.View Deal

Acer Predator Helios 300: $1,299 $1,158 at Amazon
This gaming laptop deal scores you not only a new Intel Core i7 CPU and GTX 1060 graphics behind a 15.6-inch, 144Hz 1080p display, but a free copy of the new Call of Duty - if you don't mind the distraction.View Deal

Acer Swift 3: $899 $699 at Amazon
Acer has a cool $200 off one of its mid-range laptops, complete with an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processor, Nvidia MX150 graphics behind a 14-inch, 1080p screen.View Deal

Acer Swift 5: $1,272 $999 at Amazon
The middle-road version of Acer's mid-range thin-and-light laptop, with an 8th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU powering a 14-inch, 1080p display and a 512GB SSD, is $272 off.View Deal

Acer Spin 5: $899 $679 at Amazon
This 2-in-1 laptop from Acer is Amazon Certified with Alexa built-in, 8th-gen Intel Core i7 processing, a 256GB SSD and a 13.3-inch display for a neat $220.View Deal

Best UK deals

Dell Inspiron 15 3000 Core i5, 8GB RAM, 256GB SSD £649 £449 at Currys
The Dell Inspiron is a great all-rounder of a laptop, and this model comes with an 8th generation Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD, all for £200 cheaper than usual!View Deal

Lenovo IdeaPad 330S Core i5 8GB RAM £579.99 £449.99 at Argos
This version of the Lenovo IdeaPad 330S comes with an 8th gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD, making it an excellent all-rounder that can handle Windows 10 and various apps with ease. Argos has cut £130 from its price for Black Friday.View Deal

Dell Inspiron 13 5000 Core i5, 8GB RAM £729.95 £529.95 at John Lewis
Dell's convertible laptop comes with a 13.3-inch 1080p display, a powerful 8th gen Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a 256GB solid state drive, which means this is a speedy portable laptop that can also be used like a tablet. John Lewis has taken £200 off the price.View Deal

Surface Pro 6 (Core i5/8GB/128GB) with Signature Type Cover £1,029 £749 at Amazon

This silver-coloured model runs with Intel’s nippy Core i5 processor backed by 8GB of system RAM and 128GB of storage, plus you get the fancy (Alcantara) Signature Type Cover, all with £280 knocked off the recommended asking price.View Deal

Lenovo Yoga 730 £1,099.99 £799 at Currys
This accomplished 2-in-1 device from Lenovo comes with an 8th gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD for speedy performance, plus a 1080p touchscreen display for using the laptop as a tablet. Currys has taken a huge £300.99 off the usual asking price for Black Friday.View Deal

HP Envy x360 £1,009.95 £829.95 at John Lewis
HP's versatile Envy x360 convertible laptop has had £180 knocked off the model with an AMD Ryzen 7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 512GB SSD and a 13.3-inch 1080p touch screen.View Deal

Acer Swift 5 Intel Core i7, 8GB RAM £1,099.95 £849.95 at John Lewis
This is a great portable laptop that weighs less than a kilogram, making it easy to carry around with you while you're out and about. It comes packed with great hardware including an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM and a 512GB SSD, plus a £250 price cut!View Deal

Asus ZenBook UX331UN Core i5, 8GB RAM £999.95 £749.95 at John Lewis
John Lewis has discounted this ZenBook by £250. As with other ZenBooks, you're getting a beautifully-designed thin and light laptop with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD. This is a great price for a great laptop.View Deal

Asus ZenBook S UX391UA Core i7, 8GB RAM £1,099.95 £899.95 at John Lewis
Asus' stunning ZenBook series of Ultrabooks are gorgeous thin and light powerful devices that showcase the very best of laptop technology. This model comes with an Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM and speedy 256GB SSD, which means it's as powerful as it is stylish. It's exclusive to John Lewis and there's been a £200 price cut.View Deal

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Huawei MateBook X Pro 13.9-inch, 256GB £1,299.99 £1,099.99 at Amazon
This fantastic laptop comes with a 3K touchscreen, 8th generation Intel Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce MX150 graphics card. This version features a 256GB solid state drive. A price drop of $200
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Huawei MateBook X Pro 13.9-inch, 512GB £1,499.99 £1,299.99 at Amazon
If you want some more storage space, then this is the same model as the one above, but with a 512GB solid state drive. It has also taken another reduction over the weekend, which means it's now £200 off.
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Apple MacBook Air 13.3-inch £798 £749 at John Lewis
This is one of the cheapest offers for last year's MacBook Air. It comes with an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM and 128GB SSD. If you don't mind slightly older hardware, then this is a deal well worth considering.
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Apple Macbook (2017) 12-inch £1,249 £1,099 at John Lewis
John Lewis has knocked £150 off the asking price for last year's MacBook 12-inch. This version comes in Space Grey and features an Intel Core m3 processor, 8GB RAM and a 256GB SSD. The 12-inch screen is a Retina display for gorgeous image quality.View Deal

Apple MacBook Pro (2018) 13-inch £1,749 £1,649 at Currys
If you're after the 13-inch version of this year's MacBook Pro, then this deal is worth looking into, as Currys has cut the price by £100. You get an Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and 256GB SSD. This is the model that also features the Touch Bar.View Deal

Apple MacBook Pro (2016) 15-inch with Touch Bar £2,289.97 £1699.97 at Laptops Direct
This is a brilliant deal on a MacBook Pro that knocks £590 off the usual asking price. The 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with 16GB RAM, 256GB SSD and the Touch Bar as well. We'll be hard pushed to find a better deal on a MacBook this Black Friday.
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Medion Erazer P6681 Core i5 8GB RAM GTX 1050 £779.98 £619.97 at Laptops Direct
If you're looking for a budget gaming laptop that can handle modern games, but you don't need all the graphical effects dialled up to 11, then this is a good choice with a 7th gen i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB storage and a GTX 1050 graphics card, all for £160.01 less than usual.View Deal

Acer Nitro 5 £749.99 £649 at Currys
This brilliant affordable gaming laptop strikes a good balance between price and power, with an 8th gen Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive and GTX 1050 4GB graphics card. It's enough to play modern games at medium settings, and has had a £100.99 price cut.
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Asus FX504 Core i5 8GB RAM GTX 1050 £799.99 £699.99 at Argos
This is a decent mid-range gaming PC that comes with an 8th gen Core i5 processor, 8GB of RAM and a GTX 1050 graphics card, which will handle most modern games, though you may need to lower the graphical settings on some of them. Argos has cut the price by £100.View Deal

Medion P6689 Core i5 8GB RAM GTX 1050 £749.99 £649.99 at Argos
This decent budget gaming laptop has had £50 knocked off its price. It comes with an 8th gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive and an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 graphics card, which is fine for most games.View Deal

MSI GF62 15.6-inch gaming laptop £999.99 £799 at Currys
This deal knocks £200 off the asking price of this decent gaming laptop. Comes with an 8th gen Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive and 128GB SSD. The graphics card (a GTX 1050 Ti) isn't the most powerful, but it'll handle modern games at medium to high settings.
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Medion Erazer P7651 Core i7 8GB RAM GTX 1050 £999.99 £799.99 at Very
This is a decent mid-ranger with a 17.3-inch full HD display, along with an 8th gen Core i7 processor, 8GB RAM and GTX 1050 graphics card, all for £200 less than usual.View Deal

Asus FX504 Core i5 8GB RAM GTX 1060 £1,199.98 £899.97 at Laptops Direct
This deal cuts the price of this mid-range gaming laptop by £300. You get a very good performer, mainly thanks to its GTX 1060 6GB graphics card, and you also get a bag and mouse thrown in as well, plus £149 worth of free games.View Deal

Asus FX504GM Core i7 8GB RAM GTX 1060 £1,349.98 £987.97 at Laptops Direct
With a £352 price cut, this excellent gaming laptop is now under £1,000, and features an 8th generation Core i7 processor, 8GB of RAM, 256GB SSD, 1TB hard drive and a GTX 1060 6GB graphics card. The 15.6-inch 1080p screen has a refresh rate of 120Hz. It's also part of Laptops Direct's promotion that comes with £149 worth of games.View Deal

Medion Erazer X6805 Core i7 8GB RAM GTX 1060 £1249.99 £1049.99 at Very
Medion often make good performing gaming laptops that are a fair bit cheaper than its competitors. This one comes with an 8th gen Core i7 6-core processor, 8GB RAM and a GTX 1060 6GB, which will handle pretty much any modern game on its 1080p 15.6-inch screen. Plus, it's had a price cut of £200.View Deal

Asus ROG GL703GM Core i7 8GB RAM GTX 1060 £1,479.97 £1,099.97 at Laptops Direct
This is a similar laptop to the Asus FX504GM, but comes with a 17.3-inch screen instead, so if you like more immersive gameplay at the expense of portability, this could be the laptop for you, especially with a £380 price cut and £149 worth of free games.View Deal

Acer Predator Helios 300 £1,299.99 £1,199 at Currys
Save £100 off this gorgeously-designed gaming laptop from Acer, which packs an 8th gen Intel Core i5 processor, 8GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, 256GB SSD, Nvidia GeForce GTX 1060 graphics card and a 144Hz 1080p display.
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Asus FX504GM 15.6 gaming laptop £1,399.99 £1,049.99 at Amazon
This is a great gaming laptop deal from Amazon that cuts £350 from the usual price. You get an 8th generation Core i7 processor, Nvidia GTX 1060 6GB graphics card and a 120 Hz 15.6-inch display for silky-smooth gameplay.View Deal

Medion Erazer X7859 Core i7 16GB RAM GTX 1060 £1399.99 £1249.99 at Very
This is another good gaming laptop from Medion that offers an impressive level of power considering its price. It features a 17.6-inch G-Sync display, 6-core Intel Core i7 processor, 16GB of RAM, a GTX 1060 6GB graphics card, 1TB hard drive and 256GB SSD, all for £150 less than usual.View Deal

Asus ROG Zephyrus GM501 Core i7 16GB RAM GTX 1060 £1,749.95 £1,599.95 at John Lewis
The ROG Zephyrus range proves gaming laptops can be thin and light as well as powerful. This is a great offer that knocks £150 off the price of the Zephyrus with a GTX 1060 graphics card, which is fine for most modern games.View Deal

Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 Core i7 8GB RAM GTX 1070 £2,359.97 £1,747.97 at Laptops Direct
Asus' ROG Zephyrus laptops are some of the best gaming laptops in the world thanks to their gorgeously-thin designs that still pack powerful components. This deal, which is selling fast, knocks £612 off the list price with a 7th generation Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM and a GTX 1070 graphics card. Plus you get £149 worth of games.View Deal

MSI Raider RGB GE63 £1,899.99 £1,699 at Currys
This is another high-end gaming laptop that's had a price reduction. For £200 less than usual, you get an 8th gen Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, 256GB SSD and a GeForce GTX 1070 graphics card. At 15.6 inches this is a more portable powerhouse.
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Asus ROG Zephyrus GM501 Core i7 16GB RAM GTX 1070 £2,099.95 £1,799.95 at John Lewis
This model of the ROG Zephyrus is well worth considering if you want a thin and light gaming laptop that can handle demanding games thanks to its GTX 1070 graphics card. John Lewis has also cut the price by a huge £300.View Deal

Asus ROG Strix GL703GS £1,999.99 £1,749 at Currys
This is a seriously impressive gaming laptop from the experts at Asus, with an 8th gen Core i7 processor, 16GB RAM, 1TB hard drive, 512GB SSD, 144Hz screen and a beefy Nvidia GTX 1070 8GB graphics card. It's pricey, but Currys has knocked £250.99 off.
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Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501 Core i7 16GB RAM GTX 1080 £2,699.98 £1,999.97 at Laptops Direct
If you want an even more powerful version of the above, this ROG Zephyrus GX501 comes with 16GB of RAM and the brilliant GTX 1080 graphics card, both of which will handle even the most demanding games with ease. This deal comes with £700 knocked off the usual price, plus £149 worth of free games.View Deal

Asus ROG Strix G703GI Core i7 32GB RAM GTX 1080 £3,369.97 £2,499.97 at Laptops Direct
This incredibly powerful gaming laptop has had a massive £870 knocked off the price. You get some of the best gaming laptop hardware money can buy, including a 144Hz G-Sync screen, GTX 1080 GPU, 8th gen Core i7 processor and a huge 32GB of RAM (and £149 worth of free games). This deal is selling out fast.View Deal

Asus ROG Zephyrus GX501GI Core i7 16GB RAM GTX 1080 £2,799 £2,699 at Currys
The ROG Zephyrus is one of the best gaming laptops ever made, packing a huge amount of power (including a Core i7 processor and Nvidia GTX 1080 8GB graphics card) into a seriously slim design. This is a very premium laptop with a price to match, but Currys has knocked £100 off. It comes with a more recent 8th generation processor compared to Laptops Direct's Zephyrus offer above.
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