I've been running a macbook for 5 years with an Alesis io26 firewire interface. This setup has worked beautifully for a long time but is now slowly falling away. My love affair with Apple is waning, and I'm gradually migrating away from them. Now the screen is smashed on my macbook and I've lost all patience in waiting for Logic 10, and I feel I'd like to get a more modest setup - a Windows 7 laptop with Reaper.
BUT I can't believe how confusing it is!!
I have a firewire interface and no laptops have firewire any more. If I wanted to get some sort of adapter then even THAT seems to be a minefield. Can a USB 2 interface cope with recording 14-16 simultaneous channels? I'm sure they can now, but when I was buying the io26 the talk was "definitely firewire over USB". The i3 i5 i7 model-names are totally confusing and misleading. Windows 8 is literally the WORST operating system I've ever used, and I'm including Vista in that, so it has to be W7.
Come on PC guys. I really want to make the switch, but right now a second hand macbook pro is looking to be a much better / simpler option. Can anybody convince me that it's really worth switching?? I thought it would be simple!