This laptop takes Skylake mobile processors; there are two currently available - both i7 processors, which run at a basic speed of 2.6Ghz or 2.7Ghz. These speeds are the basic speed of the processor; they can run at higher speeds in the right circumstances. Many companies selling laptops quote the highest potential speed of the processor and not the basic speed as we are doing here. More accurately the processor speed should be quoted as follows:
Intel i7-6700HQ : 2.6GHz basic speed rising to 3.5GHz
Intel i7-6820HK : 2.7GHz basic speed rising to 3.6GHz
Both processors are Quad core processors with HyperThreading so are seen as 8 core processors in Windows. Both can cope with HD and SD editing and even 4K depending on the type of 4K footage and program. If intending to do a lot of 4K editing choose the most powerful of the two or consider our Desktop processor laptop which uses the same processor using in desktop computers and is more powerful. This laptop uses mobile processors which are less powerful than desktop ones, but will last longer on batteries.
This laptop can have one of two graphic cards - a 6GB 970M or an 8GB 980M. Both will accelerate the Adobe Mercury Playback Engine and are good enough to use in DaVinci Resolve, although if you plan to do a lot of UHD work with Resolve you should really use the 980 as Resolve likes to have a powerful graphic card with a lot of RAM. The more powerful graphic card is one of the thing which distinguishes this laptop from the Skylake laptop with Quick Sync.
Grass Valley EDIUS can access both graphic cards in the laptop - either the nVidia card, or the Intel graphics built into the processor. This means EDIUS 8 can use Intel Quick Sync to accelerate H.264 encoding for Blu-ray and MP4 files, and also help in playing back H.264 based MP4 and MOV files. With either i7 processor and using footage such as the H.264 MOV files made by the Panasonic GH4, we can get two layers of 4K video playing back on this laptop.
This laptop does not have a FireWire built-in and there is no way to add a FireWire socket. If you are using DV or HDV DO NOT BUY THIS LAPTOP. This laptop is very good for card-based footage or anything you transfer using a USB socket or card reader. You can use DV or HDV footage on it, but you would have to capture it using a different computer and then copy it on to this machine. The only laptop we have that can have a FireWire port added is the HP ZBook.
This laptop can take four RAM sticks which means the maximum amount of RAM you can have is 64GB (4x16GB). This is the second major difference between this laptop and our standard Quick Sync laptop which can only have 16GB RAM. 16GB is enough for most programs although 32GB is nicer and worth having if you are trying to use hard to edit footage such as 4K.
This laptop has a backlit keyboard - nice for using in a dark location (like many edit suites). The cheaper standard Quick Sync laptop does not have a backlit keyboard.
No Optical drive
The standard Quick Sync laptop can have an optical drive - a Blu-ray or DVD writer - installed. This laptop cannot. You have to use an external drive to write DVD and Blu-ray discs. You will see the option for this below. This does mean the laptop is fairly thing an reasonably light weight.