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10% off all desktop computers and 5% off desktop processor laptops until end January 2017

Quick Sync laptop



This laptop has a Skylake processor and can accelerate encoding out of Grass Valley EDIUS and Sony Vegas using INTEL QUICK SYNC.  This means that we can get 1 hour HD video encoded into the right format for Blu-ray in about 15 minutes. 

This laptop is lightweight and with a good battery life. The main advantage of buying the more expensive high spec laptop is that model has better graphics cards built-in. This is important if using programs which use the graphics card for effects work such as Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve and Adobe Premiere Pro, but less important for programs which do not use the graphics card for much work, such as Grass Valley EDIUS.

To get more CPU power you would need to look at one of our desktop processor laptops.

This laptop is currently only available with a 17.3" screen



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17.3" laptop




Processor

This laptop takes Skylake processors and can use i5 or i7 mobile processors.   The i5 processor is a Quad core processor without HyperThreading and the i7 is a Quad core processor with HyperThreading. HyperThreading is a way that the processor doubles the amount of cores available for processing which makes it considerably faster for programs which have been written to do so - like most modern editing programs.

The processor speed quoted is the basic speed of the processor.  Other sites normally quote the "Turbo" speed which is the fastest the processor will run, so may look faster but are not actually faster.

Graphic card

This laptop can have one of two graphic cards - either an nVidia 940M or an nVidia 950M.  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 work with Resolve you should consider one of our other laptops which have more powerful graphics cards and more RAM on the graphics card.  Grass Valley EDIUS can access both graphics cards in the laptop - either the nVidia card, or the Intel graphics built into the processor.  This means EDIUS 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 an i7 processor and using footage such as the MOV files made by the Panasonic GH4, we can get two layers of 4K video playing back on this laptop.

NO FIREWIRE

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

RAM

This laptop can take two RAM sticks which means the maximum amount of RAM you can have is 32GB (2x16GB).  Our more expensive laptops can take 4 sticks of RAM, meaning you can have 64GB RAM. 16GB RAM is fine for most programs (8GB is actually OK), so this is not a major limitation, 32GB is nice to have if you are using lots of large footage, such as 4K material.



This laptop currently only has the option of a 17.3" screen. We prefer 17" screens when editing as all editing programs have lots of windows and they get very crowded on a smaller screen. As with all screens the 17.3" is diagonal dimension of the screen.



This laptop can have two normal 2.5" drives (one internally and one instead of an optical drive) and one M.2 drive.  The M.2 drive is very fast and great for use as a program drive, as it will make the computer boot faster and work better.  It can also be used as video drive as well, however, the large size drives - currently the largest size available is a 1TB - are quite expensive. 

What is the difference between "normal" drives, solid state drives and M.2 drives?

Normal drives
...which we also sometimes refer to as "SATA drives" are made in the traditional manor with a series of platters and a head that moves across them to read the data.  We have been using drives like this in desktop and laptop computers for many years.  The big advantage of a normal drive is that they are relatively cheap for the amount of storage you can get.  Laptop drives are 2.5" in size where as desktop drives are bigger - 3.5" - and can be up to 10TB in size.  There is a 2TB 2.5" drive currently available, but it runs at 5400 R.P.M., rather than our preferred speed of 7200 R.P.M. This actually works very well, better than the 7200 R.P.M. drives which were available 5 years ago, but we still prefer to use 7200 R.P.M. drives when possible.  Current 2.5" SATA drives are much faster than drives we were supplying 4-5 years ago and can easily cope with most HD footage, although are not fast enough to handle uncompressed HD video.

Solid state drives - or SSD
These drives are physically the same size as a "Normal" laptop drive but are not made of platter with a head but made of "flash memory" in a similar way to a USB pen.  Therefore, they should be more robust (because they have no moving parts) and are considerably faster. They are also more expensive than SATA drives, which is the ONLY reason why you would not have a laptop filled with SSDs drives instead of regular drives.  The prices have dropped considerably over the last year and will continue to drop. They are fast enough to run High definition uncompressed footage and are also used in devices like the Blackmagic Cinema Camera. The largest solid state drive is currently around 4TB, and considerably expensive (around £1,700). Samsung have announced they will even be making a 15TB solid state drive, which we expect will have a ludicrous price tab.

The largest SSD we supply currently is 2TB, which has a reasonable price.

Both normal drives and Solid state drives can be used in desktops as well as laptops - most of our desktop machines have a 240GB SSD for the main windows drive.

M.2 drive
This is a new kind of drive which is effectively the same thing as an SSD but is built into a processor board, and is physically smaller.  The M.2s have a faster interface and therefore can be faster than Solid state drives.  We have two options for M.2 drives listed below.  The "SATA 6Gb/s" drives are the standard ones and good enough to run Windows and seriously speed up performance over the regular drives.  The "PCI-e" drives are the faster variations of M.2 drives for the optimum performance.

We would recommend that you have an M.2 drive for your Windows drive, which will make the machine boot quickly and load programs quickly, and a normal SATA drive for the video - unless you have the budget for a large SSD for video.

Change the optical drive for a hard drive

This laptop is the only DVC laptop that can have an optical drive (a DVD or Blu-ray writer) built-in. This can be swapped for a hard drive is a bay to give you two laptop drives in the computer as well as an M.2 drive. The bays can be removed and swapped but are not designed for this purpose, so are not so easy to pull in and out.




This laptop will only work with devices like the Blackmagic ULTRA STUDIO PRO and the INTENSITY SHUTTLE, which connect via USB3.  It will not work with Express card devices like the Matrox MXO2.  Even then the support with the USB3 devices in different programs is a little bit problematic.  Adobe Premiere Pro, Grass Valley EDIUS and Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve work properly but Avid Media Composer has problems. 

Skylake Laptop



17" laptops

We currently have 4 models available - two with an nVidia 940MX and two with an nVidia 950m graphics card. One model has an i5 processor, the other has an i7.

17" Skylake laptop - Intel i5 6300HQ 2.3GHz quad core processor, 2GB GTX940MX graphics card, 1 x USB2, 3x USB3 (+441.17 + VAT)
17" Skylake laptop - Intel i7 6700HQ 3.5GHz quad core processor, 2GB GTX940MX graphics card, 1 x USB2, 3x USB3 (+500.00 + VAT)
17" Skylake laptop - Intel i5 6300HQ 2.3GHz quad core processor, 2GB GTX950M graphics card, 1 x USB2, 2x USB3 (+563.75 + VAT)
17" Skylake laptop - Intel i7 6700HQ 2.6GHz quad core processor, 2GB GTX950M graphics card, 1 x USB2, 2x USB3 (+616.69 + VAT)

How much RAM do you want in the laptop?

All the major programs are now 64 bit which means they will use as much RAM as you have available. 8GB is OK, 16GB is recommended, 32GB is not essential, but nice.

8GB RAM (2 x4GB DDR4 2133Mhz SODIMMS) (69.12 + VAT)
16GB RAM (2 x8GB DDR4 2133Mhz SODIMMS) (121.64 + VAT)
32GB RAM (2x16GB DDR4 2133Mhz SODIMMS) (200.00 + VAT)

Main hard drive

Choose an M.2 drive for Windows & you can have two other "normal" drives as well for video. You do not have to use an M.2 drive, you could choose a cheaper normal drive below, but we recommend using one.

120GB M.2 solid state drive (SATA 6Gb/s) (+49.41 + VAT)
250GB M.2 solid state drive (SATA 6Gb/s) (+82.35 + VAT)
500GB M.2 solid state drive (SATA 6Gb/s) (+135.29 + VAT)
1TB M.2 solid state drive (SATA 6Gb/s) (+276.47 + VAT)
250GB M.2 (PCI-e) NVME high performance solid state drive (+84.70 + VAT)
500GB (PCI-e) M.2 NVME high performance solid state drive (+160.00 + VAT)
None (+0.00 + VAT)

1st hard drive

If you want a really fast boot drive choose an M.2 drive above and use this drive bay for a video drive, either a normal drive or a faster solid state drive..

1TB 7200 RPM notebook drive (60.81 + VAT)
500GB 7200 RPM notebook drive (45.94 + VAT)
750GB 7200RPM notebook drive (54.05 + VAT)
240GB Solid State Drive (72.97 + VAT)
500GB Solid State Drive (148.64 + VAT)
1TB Solid State Drive (277.02 + VAT)
2TB 5400 RPM notebook drive - slower than a 7200 RPM, drive but good enough for regular SD and HD video. A faster drive will let you do more layers of video as well. (90.56 + VAT)
2TB Solid State Drive (470.58 + VAT)
None (0.00 + VAT)

Optical drive

Do you want a DVD writer or a Blu-ray? The Blu-ray drive can also write CDs and DVDs. Alternatively you can replace the optical drive with a third hard drive in a bay.

DVD writer for laptop - uses Windows Media Player to play DVD video discs. (17.64 + VAT)
Blu-ray writer for laptop including Power DVD playback software (66.22 + VAT)
500GB 7200 RPM drive in a bay to replace optical drive (58.11 + VAT)
750GB 7200 RPM drive in a bay to replace optical drive (66.22 + VAT)
1TB 7200 RPM drive in a bay to replace optical drive (72.98 + VAT)

Which version of Windows do you want?

All modern editing programs work on Windows 10. Windows 7 is only available while stocks last.

Windows 10 Pro 64 bit (151.35 + VAT)
Windows 10 Home 64 bit (101.35 + VAT)
Windows 7 Pro 64 bit (151.35 + VAT)

Which editing program would you like installed?

We could use any of the programs listed or install your own software or an Adobe Creative Cloud licence.

None - or use a program I already own or an Adobe Creative Cloud subscritpion (0.00 + VAT)
EDIUS Workgroup 8 - supplied at the same price as EDIUS Pro 8 for a limited time. (365.00 + VAT)
EDIUS 8 Workgroup for systems (540.00 + VAT)
Upgrade EDIUS Pro 7 to EDIUS Pro 8 (149.00 + VAT)
Use my Adobe Creative Cloud subscription - send the details separately (0.00 + VAT)
CC For Teams Premiere Pro CC 1 year subscription (266.76 + VAT)
CC For Teams Premiere Pro CC upgrade from Premiere Pro CS5 and above - 1 year subscription (171.48 + VAT)
Creative Cloud For Teams Single user licence (636.00 + VAT)
SPECIAL OFFER : Creative Cloud For Teams Single user licence upgrade from CS5 or above 12 months subscription (457.00 + VAT)
Adobe Premiere Elements 14 (65.00 + VAT)
Adobe Premiere Elements 14 & Adobe Photoshop Elements 14 (99.17 + VAT)
Magix Vegas 14 EDIT (Just Vegas editing program) (299.00 + VAT)
Magix Vegas Pro 14 (Vegas with DVD Architect 6) download version (449.00 + VAT)
Magix Vegas 14 Suite - Magix Vegas, DVD Architect and Sound Forge (599.00 + VAT)
DaVinci Resolve (Free) (0.00 + VAT)
DaVinci Resolve Studio (699.00 + VAT)
Avid Media Composer Permanent licence (999.00 + VAT)
Avid Media Composer with dongle (1,399.00 + VAT)
Avid Media Composer 1 year support contract (220.00 + VAT)
Avid Media Composer 1 year subscription (468.00 + VAT)

Mouse

Choose to add a mouse. The laptop has a very nice trackpad but there are times when a mouse is easier.

None (+0.00 + VAT)
USB Optical Wheel Mouse (+6.00 + VAT)
USB Optical Wireless mouse (+18.91 + VAT)
5 button Optical wheel Mouse (+12.16 + VAT)

Laptop bag

You don't have to have a bag but it will protect the laptop and make it easy to carry!

None (+0.00 + VAT)
17" Laptop standard bag - our normal laptop bag, complete with padding to keep the laptop safe (read more) (+35.29 + VAT)
17" Laptop backpack - A backpack for the laptop which is the correct size for air travel (read more) (+63.35 + VAT)

M.2 Wireless AC module

This module lets you connect the computer to wireless networks. Without it you can only use the on-board wired network socket.

M.2 Wireless AC and Bluetooth module (+10.81 + VAT)
None (+0.00 + VAT)

Add extra hardware to capture and playback video

This laptop works with Blackmagic's range of USB devices

None (+0.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic Design Intensity Shuttle (+149.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic UltraStudio SDI - USB3 (+299.00 + VAT)
Blackmagic UltraStudio Pro - USB3 (+659.00 + VAT)

Antivirus program

If your machine is connected to the Internet you should be using an Anti-virus program. Many interfere with editing programs; in our tests Panda does not cause any problems.

Panda Global Security 2016 - 1 year licence (+15.77 + VAT)
None (+0.00 + VAT)

Detailed specifications of Skylake laptop

Dimensions & Weight
Dimensions (W x D x H) 413mm x 273mm x 36.4mm
Weight 3.1kg (Including ODD and battery)
Chipset
Chipset Intel HM86 Chipset
Processor Support Supports Intel 4th Gen CPUs
Memory
Memory Type Supports DDR-III 1333MHz (1600MHz with Core i7)
Number of Modules 2 x 1GB/2GB/4GB/8GB Modules
Maximum Supported Memory 16GB
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Type 1 x 9.5mm, 2.5 S-ATA HDD support
mSATA Port 1 x mSATA SSD Port
Display & Graphics
Graphics Choice of graphics cards - refer to configurator.
Screen Size 17.3 inch Widescreen
Native/Maximum Resolution Choice of screen - refer to configurator
Backlight LED
Nvidia Optimus Technology Yes
Audio
Chipset Intel High Definition Audio + SOUND BLASTER Cinema
Channels 2 channel HD Audio
Connections Microphone-in and headphone-out
Speakers Built in two speakers
Integrated Microphone Yes
Communications
LAN Gigabit LAN
Wireless Support Wireless LAN 802.11B/G/N Half Mini Card module
Bluetooth Support Bluetooth V4.0 module support
Webcam 2.0MP Webcam
Firewire (IEEE 1394) N/A
Expansion Slots
TV Tuner N/A
Keyboard & Mouse
Keys Full size isolated keyboard with numeric pad
Language Support Multi-Language support
Pointing Device | Touchpad Mouse Built in touch pad with multi-gesture and scrolling function
Memory Card Reader
Memory Card Reader 9-in-1 Card Reader
Ports
HDMI Ports 1
USB 2 x USB 3.0 PORTS & 1 x USB 2.0 PORT
USB/e-SATA 1
Display 1 x 15 pin VGA OUT port
Microphone-IN 1
Headphone-OUT 1
DC-in 1
LAN 1 x RJ-45 jack
Kensington Lock Yes
Webcam
Webcam 2.0MP Webcam
Battery & Power Lead
Battery Type 6 Cell Li-Ion, 4400mAH/11.1V
Typical Battery Life Up to 5 Hours
Power Lead & AC Adpater 1 x Power Lead included with AC Adapter
Security
Fingerprint Scanner N/A
Kensington Lock Yes

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