Richard Graham wrote:Every time I use a Windows PC there seems to be some kind of impediment which I end up having to fix instead of getting on with the job at hand: this could also be because I do it so rarely these days.
As for cost, my first (and so far only) Mac, a (secondhand) 2012 MacBook Pro Retina cost me just over a grand, five years ago and it still works as perfectly as it has throughout. For a piece of kit that I use all day every day, I’d say this was good value for money. Yes I could have bought a Windows laptop with a similar spec for a couple of hundred less. Perhaps I’d still even be using it, who knows?
In fairness to Windows, It seems to remain backwards-compatible with software and hardware for longer, and it’s the only choice if you’re a gamer (I’m not). Other than that, Mac all the way. One more word of caution: there was an unexpected learning curve and it took a few months to really feel comfortable with OSX.
This is exactly the same problem I have, which seems more frequent with Win10 - many of the fripperies that Win10 dumps on the computer I simply neither need nor want, and the look of it is just plain fow, the Tonka Toy Gui. As you say, there always seems to be some sort of impediment.
I went through a period of enchantment with Windows, especially the Win7/64 phase and early Win10 - the PC worked reliably, quickly, flawlessly, and about 6 months ago, it all started to go horribly wrong, and I lay that clearly at the door of Microsoft with their Anniversary/Creative and whatever other load of junk they have dumped on us. Why cannot Microsoft produced a mean and clean OS, no bloat, no bric-a-brac and penny muck
For example I have an issue which I simply cannot resolve.....
it only happens with Cubase.
Imagine being sat at the computer and moving the mouse rapidly from left to right, every 2 or 3 seconds the mouse 'freezes' momentarily. Imagine the mouse cursor being in the centre of the screen and you want to move to the menu along the top of the screen, the mouse 'stalls' for a moment on the journey from the centre of the screen to the menu bar. OK it's not big deal, but when in Cubase and doing some intense editing, a lot of mousing about, it really is an inconvenience.
Now in sync with the mouse error, the progress line in Cubase stops too. Imagine playing a tune and the scroll bar is moving from left to right as the tune plays. The scroll bar stops every few seconds, only for a moment, then it starts moving again and catches up with itself, but again after a few seconds, stalls for a moment.
What makes this even stranger is that I can start Cubase and the fault does not show up until about after an hour or so of use. I am completely baffled by this behaviour. I have downloaded new/older drivers, I have even tried swapping out my Fireface 800 for my Liquid 56 interface, as I knew I definitely never had the problem before I got the FF800, but, no difference. And because it is relatively random, it's hard to track down when the problem first surfaced. I have tried every setting I can think of but no solution.
I have another problem, since I got a brand new 40" 4K monitor, some screens show the fonts all fuzzy, especially when looking at a browser, this page for example. I have been on the internet and it is something to do with "DPI Scaling" whatever it is, I have tried all the 'fixes' shown on YouTube but nah, it remains the same. So I am in the position of having a brand new 40" 4K monitor and the display is less clear than my old 27" 1280x720 display! And yes I have tried ClearType and Font Scaling, nothing makes any difference.
If I get a Mac I think I shall look for a decent 12 core, 32 gig, SSD drived Mac 5,1