Re : Above , Would a 13.1 " Monitor be big enough at 1920 x 1080 in this Z series Vaio ? And would it run the Mercury Engine ? With a Intel HD Graphics 4000 Card ?
Well, Dell ought to give huge discounts on the M6600, since it is so crazy expensive. Recently I started configuring a M6600 and before I finished the configuration, I was already at € 6,850.
I hope the system I'm building will come out at around that price, but then that is an i7-3930K @ 4.6 GHz, 64 GB memory, GTX 680/4GB, Areca Arc-1882iX-24/4GB controller, 50 TB storage and some SSD's, 2 BRD burners, etc.
Well, for effective video editing, the advice I've seen posted before is to buy a laptop that is designed for video editing
-at least the Intel sandy bridge 2720 or 2820 quad processor
-and nvidia graphics such as the 460m with 1Gig video ram
-1280x900 display with OpenGL 2.0-compatible graphics card
-and 8 or 16 gig ram and Win7 64bit Pro
-and 2 internal 7200 HDDs minimum
The fact you are looking at a laptop with only a 13.1" screen means in my book that it will only be used for very light editing, otherwise you would have chosen a bigger screen, I think. But the main obstacle of such a small laptop is the single disk in it. As soon as you start looking for a laptop with a bigger screen, you can also find laptops that allow 2 or even 3 disks internally, although not from the Sony Vaio series. And of course you know how important it is to distribute your disk accesses across as many disks as possible. Additionally, bigger laptops often have the option of a CUDA capable video card that can use hardware MPE.
I will go to a 17.3" Monitor, two drives at 750Gb in Raid 0 and 16 GB Ram and a Quad-Core, Probably Dell Precision Laptop Workstation, M6600, as I have got a very good price on run out, which is well under the Sony Vaio Z Series I was looking at and it will accept IEEE1394 but, not the Sony, which we still use occasionally..And Adobe advise the Nvidia Quadro in that Dell Precision machine will handle Premiere Pro CS5.5.2 or 6 and I can use it on the Dell Precision T5500 Workstation as well. The Technical Support in Australia out of Sydney is outstanding, 24/7 day support on site.. Even Adobe Telephone Technical support has improved down here recently.
Thanks for your input it is very helpfull.