This laptop uses the new Skylake processors. Desktop processors are always more powerful than laptop ones, but are not generally found in laptops because they use too much power. Using a desktop processor means that you have the power of a desktop machine in a laptop with the only downside being a lower battery life.
This laptop is the ideal "portable desktop". You can use it on its own, or plug in up to 3 external screens and a variety of devices via USB3, and use it like a desktop computer, when back at base.
Optional 4K screen
This laptop can have an HD or a 3K screen. Some programs, noteably Avid Media Composer and Sony Vegas, do not scale well when used on a 3K computer screen, although EDIUS 8, Premiere Pro CC2015 and Blackmagic Resolve 12 do scale well.
The Skylake processors are very new, having been released in August 2015. These laptops were released at the end of September 2015 to use these new processors. This makes them the fastest laptops available. We have only just got our first stock and are running various tests to see how well different hardware (Blackmagic USB3 devices etc..) work with the laptop. These laptops do not have Intel Quick Sync for fast encoding with Grass Valley EDIUS and Vegas. Although the processors have Quick Sync built in these laptops cannot use it. This is a shame if using EDIUS as you will have to encode in software, but not the end of the World. Our laptops which use laptop processors do have Quick Sync - click here for more information.
This laptop has 1 USB3.1C port as well as 3 normal USB3 ports. USB3.1 is a new type of port, twice as fast as USB3, which has been released with the Skylake processors. As it is new we do not have anything which can use it as yet, however, we expect many devices to be arriving over the next few months.
Thunderbolt 3 for FireWire and proper video i/o
The USB3.1 socket is also a Thunderbolt 3 socket. You can connect Thunderbolt 3 devices, and Thunderbolt 2 devices using a Thunderbolt 3- 2 converter. This means you can add an adaptor to capture through FireWire and use any of the Blackmagic Thunderbolt i/o devices, so you can get video at up to 4K resolution playing from the laptop through a proper video device. Our other laptops can only use the Blackmagic USB3 devices which are limited to 1080 50i resolution and only work with some programs.