Originally Posted by stratton
I'm likely going to buy the UA Apollo and I'm thinking about buying a laptop that doesn't have Thunderbolt.
The laptop does have eSata which I really like for external drives, but is Thunderbolt worth configuring a system for? My guess is that it would be best for those looking for lowest possible latency for VIs.
I have the Lynx 2A ( PCI, and still happy after all these years) but I am looking forward.
Hi Stratton, I've ordered an Apollo (currently on a backorder) and I really dig what is inside the box (I/O, great convertors, realtime UAD DSP, etc) and it's portability. But, I would not be as excited about it, if it did not have Thunderbolt capability expansion. Now, no one has actually been able to test it yet, since the Apollo TB I/O card is still a few months away from release. But, the promise of TB speed and from what is stated in the Apollo literature is that the TB I/O will allow the Apollo to get better performance (lower latencies and more DSP plug-ins) similar to what we get using UAD-2 PCIe cards. PCIe type performance from an external UAD device is what finally sold me on the Apollo. Using FW, you compromise that performance (less DSP plug-ins available, 512 sample or higher sample latency when using UAD plug-ins from your DAW). I suspect the improved Apollo performance using TB will provide a better overall end user experience.
I would try to get a laptop with TB to keep your options open for future TB expansion , if I were you. I just bought a brand new Mac Mini and along with FW800 it has a TB port just waiting for my Apollo.