Topic: Laptop recommendation for use with UFX+
Hello, we have been using our two UFX+ machines in conjunction with Octamics for about 4 years now, very successfully. Now is time to upgrade one of our laptops and I'm looking for recommendations. We have had two specific issues with earlier laptops that we would like to avoid:
1. Our earlier laptop (a Toshiba model) only had USB3 (no Thunderbolt). We had a number of buzzes on the audio when recorded in the DAW - which showed as an error within the USB diagnosis. The laptop was undoubtedly to blame - probably not a powerful or good enough model (hence asking for recommendations here). This occurred when using any USB socket and different, and high quality cables.
2. Our second laptop was a powerful Gigabyte AERO 15 model. While this should have been fine, it wasn't without its problems. Generally USB3 worked well. When using Thunderbolt, a strange crackling appeared on the audio ONLY (apparently) when airplane/flight mode was switched on. We used it successfully in "normal" (non-airplane) mode but you would have expected this it should have been helpful to have disabled WIFI etc. The socket was Thunderbolt 3, with a Startech adapter to Thunderbolt 2, then a Thunderbolt 2 cable. A little more about the crackling, it seemed to increase in intensity with programme, so if it was quiet bit of music, there would be very little crackling, but loud audio had a lot of crackling. I know this issue has been mentioned in another post.
I would love to stick with the Gigabyte series as this has been so good otherwise apart from this issue mentioned about. Does anyone know if this strange crackling problem was unique to this particular type of laptop or a wider issue with Thunderbolt and/or implementation of an airplane mode?
Finally is Windows 10 Pro preferred over Windows 10 Home version?
Thank you for any advice!