I was brought on the camera department for a low budget (≤$1 mil) feature shooting on two Epics with a Scarlet on steadycam. Due to the number of cameras and only having five 128gb SSDs I've ending up doing on set DIT on a Macbook Pro. I'm not transcoding anything, merely dragging and dropping onto two hard drives, the rest is happening at the post house. Yesterday, day 1 of shooting, I was waiting for 3 hours after wrap to finish the transfer because I had two RedMag readers daisy chained to one Firewire 800 port and two portable harddrives each in its own USB 2.0 port. We had massive amounts of footage before we would reload so today I'm pretty much staying in the tent and swapping cards as quickly as possible to avoid the pain again, I'm also only running one Mag reader.
We're looking for cheap ways to speed up our process and I was wondering if anyone had experience using inexpensive laptops with high speed ports to do this. I was looking at the http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/vostro-3550/pd because it has two USB 3.0 ports and E Sata port. I could use the E Sata with the Mag reader and the harddrives can have 3.0 cables attached. I don't believe any of the computer's specs really matter since its only a conduit between the SSDs and the drives.
Pretty much I'm wondering if anyone has experience with this laptop or similar ones for this purpose and if it will help at all?
Thanks for taking the time to read this and offer advice, much appreciated.