Hello, I was wondering what the general consensus was about playing without Holdem Manager at micro stakes? About myself - i've been playing non regularly at 2nl for a couple of years for fun, and have been making a gradual profit. I have recently decided however to put in more volume and really try and improve my game, firstly at 2nl and then hopefully moving up once my bankroll reaches a certain point. (extreme management!)
I try to analyse a lot of hands, both ones posted on 2+2, and my own, but i'm unsure about the level of understanding I can reach about how I could have played better, beyond my play based on my position/hole cards. I try to make notes on players, e.g. never folds to cbet, and can recognise who's a reg or not, but thats about the very basic limit. It's hard to make decisions in the moment based on purely my own observations, especially when playing more than 4 tables. Where normally, people would be asking things like, whats villain's PFR/VPIP stats and letting that inform their decisions. I feel very blind.
The advice I have got so far from friends who are winning regulars at higher stakes is that I should wait and only get it if I actually do move up/take it more seriously because of the cost of the manager. However, I'm worried that i'm at a major disadvantage to the better players at the table, and won't be able to improve, especially beyond 2nl. I know I don't strictly need it currently as i am a winning player, but in order to deepen my understanding of the game and improve properly should I invest? Or keep going as I am, improving through reading and note taking? Sorry for rambling, and I hope it's alright to put this here and not the beginners forum.