Laptop with Good Speakers Built-in

MrCaffeineX

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My Y50-70 is old and it would be nice to retire it in favor of something newer; however, one of the main reasons why I chose the Y50-70 at the time was because it had very good speakers (for a laptop). The audio quality, volume, and range were all excellent, perhaps even a bit better than my old 2007 MacBook Pro's built-in audio hardware.

I enjoy listening to music at reasonable volumes while working and for various reasons, headphones or external speakers are inconvenient. Most of the models I have seen (or heard), including the new Lenovo Legion, Dell G5, Acer Nitro 5, etc. have either terrible speakers or acceptable speakers mounted in terrible locations.

Can anyone recommend any current models with good built-in speakers?
 

Aurelius

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My Y50-70 is old and it would be nice to retire it in favor of something newer; however, one of the main reasons why I chose the Y50-70 at the time was because it had very good speakers (for a laptop). The audio quality, volume, and range were all excellent, perhaps even a bit better than my old 2007 MacBook Pro's built-in audio hardware.

I enjoy listening to music at reasonable volumes while working and for various reasons, headphones or external speakers are inconvenient. Most of the models I have seen (or heard), including the new Lenovo Legion, Dell G5, Acer Nitro 5, etc. have either terrible speakers or acceptable speakers mounted in terrible locations.

Can anyone recommend any current models with good built-in speakers?
Apple's current lineup is pretty good across the board, if you can use a Mac. The gold standard is the 16-inch MacBook Pro, but even the 13-inch Air and Pro sound pretty good for their size.
 

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Apple's current lineup is pretty good across the board, if you can use a Mac. The gold standard is the 16-inch MacBook Pro, but even the 13-inch Air and Pro sound pretty good for their size.
I suspected that this would be the case. I wandered around my local Best Buy testing out everything that they had on display, and I have to agree. I don't know if I can justify the cost at this point in time however.
 

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I suspected that this would be the case. I wandered around my local Best Buy testing out everything that they had on display, and I have to agree. I don't know if I can justify the cost at this point in time however.
Won't blame you. As it is, if you can afford to wait for Apple to refresh its higher-end MacBook Pros, you probably should. Hopefully there's an "M1X" refresh in the spring or summer that makes those systems easier to rationalize.
 

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Won't blame you. As it is, if you can afford to wait for Apple to refresh its higher-end MacBook Pros, you probably should. Hopefully there's an "M1X" refresh in the spring or summer that makes those systems easier to rationalize.
That will only further erode the secondary use-case performance though: PC gaming. The current models are already well into desktop-replacement territory in terms of price and compared to other models at those prices, rather lackluster. I might have to go back in time and start carrying two notebooks again...
 
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