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Old 09-20-2015, 07:06 PM   #1
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Hello, I want to be able to edit with Edius as I travel. What should I be looking for in a laptop? I have read that the GPU is not so important? I assume the higher the processor speed and the more cores the better? I rarely seem to use up 8gb of ram on my projects so I would think that 12Gigs should be enough.

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Old 09-20-2015, 08:09 PM   #2
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Since you used the term 'best,' look at
Sager Laptops. These can be delivered with a desktop 4790k chip installed..
http://www.sagernotebook.com/15-Laptops/
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A laptop is likely to be 8GB or 16GB since they works best with two chips of the same type. I would go for 16GB. The laptop Jerry linked to is great, we sell the same model, but the battery life is less than a model which use a laptop processor and they are heavier.

I have two laptops - one which has a desktop processor and is as powerful as a desktop and a second which uses a laptop processor so I can get a better battery life and it is lighter.

I prefer laptops with 17" screens because I think editing needs the screen space. I would have some kind of solid state primary (generally an mSATA or M.2 depending on what the laptop will take) and regular drives for video, unless you have the budget for solid state drives for everything.

The GPU is not important for EDIUS, but a lot of high-end laptops have good GPUs anyway. I have editing using just the Intel GPU on my laptop sometimes which also helps preserve power.

The other consideration may be output to a proper video monitor. If travelling around you probably will not be doing this anyway, unless you are going to carry a broadcast monitor around with you. However, some people move the laptop between different locations and in each location have an output screen. If so then you will be limited to the Blackmagic USB3 devices for output which tend to work on a lot of modern laptops but can be "picky". The Thunderbolt devices work better, and Blackmagic Thunderbolt can output at up to 4K, but then you need a laptop with Thunderbolt on it, which is rare.

The HP ZBooks have Thunderbolt, Express card and laptop i7 processors, but are considerably more expensive than laptops such as the one to which Jerry linked.
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Thanks for all of the helpful information David.
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Old 09-21-2015, 01:06 PM   #5
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Since you used the term 'best,' look at
Sager Laptops. These can be delivered with a desktop 4790k chip installed..
http://www.sagernotebook.com/15-Laptops/
You get what you pay for.
That model should be going end of line as it's a Clevo P75x series and they are due to be updated at the end of the month to use Skylake CPU's and have a USB 3.1 'C' socket. It may also have Thunderbolt 3, but this seems to be unsure at the moment.

The down side of the P75x (15 inch) or the P77x (17 inch) is that it doesn't have quick-synch
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The other thing for me that makes a difference, is get a laptop where you can use 2 physical drives. I have a nice 17" Asus that I customised. It is heavy and battery life is so so, but I can edit anything with it.
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Old 09-21-2015, 04:08 PM   #7
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The one that Jerry mentioned should take 2 x 9.5mm laptop drives and 2 x M.2 drives but uses an external optical drive
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It's disappointing that Sager doesn't utilize the Intel graphics that are on the desktop chips.
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It's not down to Sager, it's down to Clevo who make the chassis.

I'm assuming there must be a reason why they don't. Maybe it's down to the chip architecture that doesn't allow for the nvidia GPU to be sent through the Intel GPU like mobile CPU's can
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Old 09-23-2015, 05:22 AM   #10
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Other than Clevo, what laptop(s) have an nvidia card along with intel video quick sync? I'm looking for a 17" but they are hard to find! Thanks, Froggy
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