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    Laptops and HD content

    Ok, Ive only ever watched HD material on a TV screen. I am looking to buy a laptop and was wondering whether they can handle HD content as well as TVs?

    Here are the specs of the particular laptop and looking at:

    - WXGA
    - 1366 x 768


    Also in places like pcworld they have the laptops loop the same stuff over and over. To be honest I wasnt impressed by any of the videos I saw on the laptops. Is it best not to make a judgment on a laptops screen when looking at these demo videos?

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    You have to consider the graphics card not just the screen res.

    Anything with 'HD' graphics should be ok, but look for an actual graphics card with its own memory rather than something that uses the machines memory. . .

    Monitors have for a long time been able to display higher resolution iamges than TVs.

    The one you mention above is basically the equivalent of 720 p (1280x720) is what 720p is 1366 x768 is as you can see a little higher.

    1920x1080 would be 1080p.


    The CPU is biggest factor for viewing HD on laptops (rather than the image quality it's based on moving images eg some might struggle to decode /display and stutter)

    Modern laptops with enough processing power should manage it. (Mid range to high end gfx in laptop should help but all my low range can play 720p without stuttering) eg a couple of my laptops eg 1.9 turion with ati x1100 and an AMD64 x2 with ati 1200 can manage it)
    NVIDIA ION Graphics Processors in netbooks which do not really have that much CPU power namely the Atom* do by all accounts a stunning job of hd content

    Original Poster

    Here are the specs:

    Processor Intel® Core™ i3-330M Processor
    - 2.13 GHz
    - 2.5 GT/s DMI
    - 3 MB Smart Cache
    Operating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bit
    RAM - 3GB DDR3
    Graphics card Integrated graphics processor
    Screen type TFT wide screen
    Screen resolution - WXGA
    - 1366 x 768
    Screen size 14"
    Hard drive 250 GB SATA

    I think pretty much any decent laptop should be able to handle 720p video these days. It isn't too great a strech for a processor anymore. For comparison's sake, my laptop, which features a 2.5GHz Core2Duo, only reports around a 30% CPU load when it's playing 720p video with VLC, give or take 10%. My laptop's nearly 2 years old. I don't think anything new should struggle, unless it's really, really cheap and has a really, really slow CPU.

    Civic EG6

    Here are the specs:Processor Intel® Core™ i3-330M Processor- 2.13 GHz- 2. … Here are the specs:Processor Intel® Core™ i3-330M Processor- 2.13 GHz- 2.5 GT/s DMI- 3 MB Smart CacheOperating System Genuine Windows® 7 Home Premium 64-bitRAM - 3GB DDR3Graphics card Integrated graphics processorScreen type TFT wide screenScreen resolution - WXGA- 1366 x 768Screen size 14"Hard drive 250 GB SATA



    That should do it no problem. Viewing angles on laptops can be pretty bad though in comparison to HDTVs

    Original Poster

    I read in another forum the laptop can be used to watch 1080p. I thought you need a resolution of
    1920x1080 to watch 1080p. Where as the laptop is 1366 x 768.

    Civic EG6

    I read in another forum the laptop can be used to watch 1080p. I thought … I read in another forum the laptop can be used to watch 1080p. I thought you need a resolution of 1920x1080 to watch 1080p. Where as the laptop is 1366 x 768.



    On a 14 inch screen your not going notice any difference between 1080 or 720. You need to go beyond 32 inch to even begin to see a difference...
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