I'm considering buying a new laptop.
I always went for 1000-1200€ computers but there is always a but that finally occur.
Bad drivers, cpu peaks, buffer underuns even with optimised systems, components lifetime, etc..
Right now, I'm pretty pissed off, cause I own a 2 years old dell i7, 16go, ssd, and I got crackles and cpu spike with sometime a single big vst even with ridiculously high buffers and a RME UCX. I'm not a programmer but my knowing in computer science is still above than average, win10 install is nearly fresh, optimised, I run legit programs. USB are unstables, and some component already begins to get problems.
I simply wish I could handle more complex patches with less worry especially in live conditions, but I simply can't with that laptop.
So my question, how do you guys choose a new computer? Wich price range? Pro laptop? Or you don't care? Any brand you like more? Are you running a up to date win10? Or an older optimised version? (for instance I have a win8.1 cracked version on my non portable computer, works like a charm, maybe I should but I think it's ridiculous that I have a legit version and should switch to a 8.1) Where you a computer user who switched to mac? Why? Where you mac and switched to PC? Why? Do you dual boot? One boot for multimedia task? One for sound making?
Please, give me any insight of your longterm experience hosting real time audio applications on laptops