I wrote a message on their board a couple of years ago about having an SDR program that had everything in it. No need for all the secondary programs to have SDR work at it's best.
I was shot down and criticized by all those that responded.
Plus, I brought up the idea of having one dedicated PC to run the flexradio. That didn't go down too well either.
Flex many years ago came out with the 5000C. Which was like the MB1. I don't think it lasted too long at all.
I remember that the windows software of choice at that time was Windows NT. Have things changed since then.
I knew a guy who has been with flex since the 5000. He said to me that sometimes people ask too much of their software.
Flexradio is a small company from what I hear. They don't beta test their new software with the general public, it is usually their so called elmers.
At least with the MB1 they do allow you to test a beta version. But as they say, let the tester beware!
I remember when contest operators complained about the flexradio with regards to Latency not only in CW but SSB.
But the way SDR is written if you decrease the latency, you lose how narrow you can adjust your software filters.
I guess you "can't have your cake and eat it too"
I just thought I would chime in on the conversation.
Mark Griffin, KB3Z
I like this post, because it allows me to investigate many points that are often undertimated when buying a radio.
The "natively" use of APIs is a implicit assumption when you consider the last SDR rigs, from Flex to MB1 going through 7610, Anan and K4, are first of all network rigs regardless they are used remotely or not.
A network connection can (ideally) transfer 1Gbit of data per second so it is odd forcing the whole system to be used trough a serial ports that have 115200 byte per second speed (when you are lucky) and virtual cables that overdrive your cpu just to convert a stream of data.
Many of the software you mentioned can be used with EESDR as well or they just overcome some missing SmartSDR features.
I can agree with your point of view and your list of disappointments, but consider that Flexradio is there from 15 years or more, while Expert is relatively younger.
And this is not brand loyalty, it is a different way of watching the same things from different perspectives.