More and more filmmakers and editors are working on the move or need to put things together quickly on set. As much as we would like, dragging a Mac Pro and Pro Display XDR around isn’t a workable solution. That is why many of us turn to a laptop to get some work done when we can. If only this could be our sole workstation to be used for travel or home. Well, maybe it can be.
The guys at Potato Jet got their hands on the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition, a laptop that basically just went all out and got loaded up with all the best specs you could get today.
Razer bills it as a mobile creative workstation, and so Potato Jet went out and filmed a ton of heavy footage and starting applying a bunch of fun effects to it all to make the video. They don’t delve too deep into the specs upfront but I will:
- 2.3GHz Intel Core i7-10875H 8-Core CPU
- NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 Graphics w/ 16GB GDDR6
- 1TB NVMe PCIe M.2 SSD
- 32GB DDR4 RAM
- 15.6” 3840 x 2160 4K OLED Touchscreen
- 100% DCI-P3 Coverage; HDR400 Support
- Thunderbolt 3, USB-C, SD Card Slot
That is a hefty set of specs for a laptop. Honestly, it would sound good even on a pre-built desktop computer. And there is a lot of great stuff in that list specific to video editors.
The eight-core processor will handle jobs efficiently and that 16GB GDDR6 on the power NVIDIA Quadro RTX 5000 will make quick work of video processing. Then there is a good amount of memory at 32GB and it can be upgraded to 64GB later on.
If you want to get some serious work finished you’ll need to check out the screen and this one is great. It’s an OLED, which is still rare on desktop monitors, and has perfect blacks for unmatched contrast.
It covers 100% of the DCI-P3 gamut for beautiful imagery. Just to make it complete it is even a touchscreen—if you want that.
One thing that shouldn’t be overlooked is the use of a Quadro series graphics card. This comes with the benefits of NVIDIA Studio Drivers, which specifically help improve performance and stability with professional software, of which Adobe Premiere Pro is explicitly mentioned along with REDCINE-X PRO and more.
In the limited testing that Potato Jet did they were impressed. The editor even called out that they experienced fewer crashes in Premiere.
That alone could be worth it for many editors. Also, the fast NVMe SSD with 1TB of space was worth a call out for editing on the road and not necessarily needing to hook up an external drive all the time.
And, there are still all the ports to discuss. I’m going to focus on three. There’s a Thunderbolt 3 connection that will support displays or optional expansion modules for faster speeds or performance. There’s a standard USB Type-C port for connecting all your other devices, plus some Type-A ports for convenience.
The biggest is that there is a built-in SD card slot, something. that tends to get left off many modern machines. Now, an argument could be made that most modern video cameras are moving away from SD, to CFexpress and the like, so this is becoming less important. But if you are still using SD cards this slot is invaluable.
It’s got everything it seems, but being a laptop it has to be missing something. That something is battery life and size. It’s thin, but not that thin compared to something like a Surface or MacBook Air. Battery life is stated to only be about six hours.
If you want one of the best laptops you can get for video editing the Razer Blade 15 Studio Edition would be my recommendation, if you have the cash.
[source: Potato Jet]
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