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Laptop for top HD clearity, movies, streaming (frustrated)

cabbac 48 10 November 22, 2012 at 10:08 AM
I'm looking for a laptop deal ($800's prob my max) geared toward someone who wants to watch the best quality HD video/movies, live streaming, clearity, speed, and no slowdown no matter how many tabs i have open.

Problem is everytime i read someone helping someone w/a laptop selection it's always "well unless ur a series gamer just about anything is fine for watching movies/browsing"... well my last laptop was "just about any" and was horrific w/video quality. I'd like to be able to watch movies with the best HD clearity, stream like im watching live HD television w/no slowdown or quality issues, nothing choppy while watching games, and have slowdown never be an issue while surfing. good size laptop screen as well. im not a gamer, but clearity/quality is my thing with movies/streams.

What is it i should be looking for?

What is more and less important in terms of specs for me? thanks

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you are looking for a 1080p screen and I don't think you'll find one below your budget range.
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you are looking for a 1080p screen and I don't think you'll find one below your budget range.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Pro...6834127831 strickly going by 1080p, there was a quick one i found over 100 under my max. do others agree that 1080p is 1 prerequisite for a laptop that offers great HD video /streaming?
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can anyone else help on this? am i rly going to need the x1080p number regardless of screen size(14-17.3)?

if so how much more than 800 do you think would put me in the range to access the decent 1080ps?

do you think i'll still catch great deals 24hr from now on(when i might have 100-200 more)? thanks to anyone.
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firstly im up for a desktop now if necessary. w/laptops if there is one with resolution and proccessor sufficiant for my taste but a subpar video card, can you just replace it with a up to par card any time for just a couple hundred or less?
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FHD panels are brighter and show a wider range of colors and darker blacks. They also have better viewing angles and fewer defects on average. 95% of FHD panels are decent while 95% of HD panels are bad.

Deals on laptops are constant. Nothing has come up for Black Friday which hasn't come up before.

The Dell Inspiron 17R SE or Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 are reasonably priced.

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firstly im up for a desktop now if necessary. w/laptops if there is one with resolution and proccessor sufficiant for my taste but a subpar video card, can you just replace it with a up to par card any time for just a couple hundred or less?
For a desktop, several XPS 8500s can be found for great prices right now.

The video card for a laptop can't be upgraded for the most part. Some high end mobile workstations and gaming DTRs have this option. These systems and cards are very expensive.
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I'm looking for a laptop deal ($800's prob my max) geared toward someone who wants to watch the best quality HD video/movies, live streaming, clearity, speed, and no slowdown no matter how many tabs i have open.

Problem is everytime i read someone helping someone w/a laptop selection it's always "well unless ur a series gamer just about anything is fine for watching movies/browsing"... well my last laptop was "just about any" and was horrific w/video quality. I'd like to be able to watch movies with the best HD clearity, stream like im watching live HD television w/no slowdown or quality issues, nothing choppy while watching games, and have slowdown never be an issue while surfing. good size laptop screen as well. im not a gamer, but clearity/quality is my thing with movies/streams.

What is it i should be looking for?

What is more and less important in terms of specs for me? thanks
Unless your gaming/reencoding alot an i7 is total kill. There are other things causing the slowdown. Throwing money at it won't solve much.


What laptop cpu are you using right now and which web browser/video service are you using? How fast is your internet?


I have a laptop 2x more powerful than a weak netbook atom, mutlitasking and 720p playback with ZERO choppy video. If you have a dated dual core cpu, its likely the software your using that creating a the choppy video.


If your pc is dated this below is fine for under $350
Newegg.com - Acer Aspire V3-551G-8454 Notebook AMD A-Series A8-4500M(1.90GHz) 15.6" 4GB Memory 500GB HDD 5400rpm DVD Super Multi AMD Radeon HD 7670M [newegg.com]


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What laptop cpu are you using right now and which web browser/video service are you using? How fast is your internet?

I just ran a few test on the xfinity website #s were DL speed from 15mbps-70mbps and the peak dl speed all the way over 1000mbps. it was an old celron 430 with 1.5gb ram. used standard firefox/IE. HD movie DLs would hardly run fullscreen, usually too choppy ect. sports streams were the biggest joke. streaming of standard netflix wasn't a disaster, but sometimes dicey and certainly not great quality.

i know the comp was a joke, point is not to improve, but step into another universe. to go from live streams that weren't discernible to as close as one can come to like live cable tv. rational is if a $750-900 is clearly going to be better picture, speed, streams than say a $400-600, why not spend 200-400 more for something that won't need upgrading anytime soon?

maybe im picky... but when im in walmart looking at the TVs most if not all of them have unimpressive pic quality, i see the flaws. if i don't need to spend 800 for a comp that will fly w/HD and be as close to flawless on the streams as comps will allow, then im thrilled to pay 400 or so. i also would like ideal picture squality from the display(colors, lack of blurying or chop), the y580 descrip talks a good game on this, but i still need advice from the willing/able.
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What laptop cpu are you using right now and which web browser/video service are you using? How fast is your internet?

I just ran a few test on the xfinity website #s were DL speed from 15mbps-70mbps and the peak dl speed all the way over 1000mbps. it was an old celron 430 with 1.5gb ram. used standard firefox/IE. HD movie DLs would hardly run fullscreen, usually too choppy ect. sports streams were the biggest joke. streaming of standard netflix wasn't a disaster, but sometimes dicey and certainly not great quality.

i know the comp was a joke, point is not to improve, but step into another universe. to go from live streams that weren't discernible to as close as one can come to like live cable tv. rational is if a $750-900 is clearly going to be better picture, speed, streams than say a $400-600, why not spend 200-400 more for something that won't need upgrading anytime soon?

maybe im picky... but when im in walmart looking at the TVs most if not all of them have unimpressive pic quality, i see the flaws. if i don't need to spend 800 for a comp that will fly w/HD and be as close to flawless on the streams as comps will allow, then im thrilled to pay 400 or so. i also would like ideal picture squality from the display(colors, lack of blurying or chop), the y580 descrip talks a good game on this, but i still need advice from the willing/able.
A dual core i3/i5 or a6/a8 will do you fine streaming netflixs. You should spend your money on ips or sony screen laptop if you want true upgrade in video quality. Try running some video on a few laptops and ips tablets in store. Watching movies on an ips screen is a true joy since its hd clearity for around 799.99 lenovo outlet.
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thanks for helping FAL, i've spent every second i've had since wed night (other than work/very little sleep) trying to find a the right computer. i decided to research the IPS a bit and found some concerning info...

Slower Screen Response Time and Refresh Rate If you're into gaming and movie watching then the rate at which a screen refreshes and pixels can change color matters. The faster the pixel response time the less ghosting and more fluid motion on the screen will appear. If an IPS panel has a slow response time it's possible that you'll get ghosting and blurring when watching movies or playing games.Furthermore, those that simply want the fastest response screen available for gaming and movie watching will find that TN panels are the best option. http://www.dailygadgets.net/disad...tops/2109/

that's concerning info. one of the biggest turnoffs is the blur/pic issues i see in HDTVs on display in the store everytime the motion increases or screen changes. the page also mentioned More Power Required for Backlight, otherwise Dimmer Screen.

from what im gathering with IPS the draw is the colors tend to be the correct ones and there aren't the same issues with having to look at the display from a particular angle. Both draws i'd like, but the most important things start with clear, crisp, quick, consistant PQ that doesn't blur up, lag, or get choppy. true and bright colors are ideal as well. I need to figure out what comp optimizes these as much as possible with movies, sports streams ect.
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thanks for helping FAL, i've spent every second i've had since wed night (other than work/very little sleep) trying to find a the right computer. i decided to research the IPS a bit and found some concerning info...

Slower Screen Response Time and Refresh Rate If you're into gaming and movie watching then the rate at which a screen refreshes and pixels can change color matters. The faster the pixel response time the less ghosting and more fluid motion on the screen will appear. If an IPS panel has a slow response time it's possible that you'll get ghosting and blurring when watching movies or playing games.Furthermore, those that simply want the fastest response screen available for gaming and movie watching will find that TN panels are the best option. http://www.dailygadgets.net/disad...tops/2109/

that's concerning info. one of the biggest turnoffs is the blur/pic issues i see in HDTVs on display in the store everytime the motion increases or screen changes. the page also mentioned More Power Required for Backlight, otherwise Dimmer Screen.

from what im gathering with IPS the draw is the colors tend to be the correct ones and there aren't the same issues with having to look at the display from a particular angle. Both draws i'd like, but the most important things start with clear, crisp, quick, consistant PQ that doesn't blur up, lag, or get choppy. true and bright colors are ideal as well. I need to figure out what comp optimizes these as much as possible with movies, sports streams ect.
Ips in reality is the best display and nearly perfect. See them with your own eyes that what matters the most.
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