Buying a new Laptop for TV out movies. Graphics card and processor important?

Discussion in 'Which Laptop should I buy?' started by gontrand, Oct 15, 2013.

  1. gontrand


    Oct 15, 2013
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    whats up tech gangsters, im about to drop a few bills on a new laptop for pretty much only 2 uses: browsing the web and watching high def movies (.mp4 .mkv 1080p blue rays etc....) on a TV out display (about 42 inches LG i think)

    im not gonna be playing games at all because i have a desktop for that.

    my question is: for the purpose of watching high def movies on decently large TV, how important are the processor and the graphics card? can a decent integrated graphics card do the trick? im going to use HDMI i guess, because ive heard that it is better than the old VGA cable i was using.

    i was thinking of buying something like a cheap Dell i5 with integrated graphics card for like $400. is it powerful enough? how futureproof? etc.. can an i3 be enough?

    thanks guys.
    gontrand, Oct 15, 2013
  2. gontrand


    Jun 9, 2012
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    If you are thinking about the possibility of streaming to your TV using a Google Chromecast via the Chrome browser, you will need an i5 or equivalent for HD quality video. For standard video, a i3 processor or equivalent will work. So, the Dell laptop you mention should work fine.
    Nestone50, Oct 23, 2013
  3. gontrand


    Mar 1, 2014
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    Of course it is important. Having a great graphics card will make it possible to render most video files with no hanging. But of course it will not be as high as when you want a laptop for gaming. Any normal laptop with average graphics will be fine.
    mikelouis, Mar 2, 2014
  4. gontrand


    Feb 20, 2014
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    Probably you would want a cheap laptop, if it is just for web browsing and watching movies. I think that the Dell you were looking at for $500 will do perfectly fine.
    bobthemuffinman, Mar 16, 2014
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