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Laptop for 1080p HDMI output

Discussion in 'What Notebook Should I Buy?' started by dtzihe, Oct 29, 2007.

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  1. dtzihe

    dtzihe Newbie

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    Hello all,
    My name is David and I signed up on these forums just to ask this question! I have recently bought a 1080p HDTV that I would like to basically use as a computer monitor. So, I know that I need a laptop with HDMI output. However, my question concerns the resolution. What laptop will allow me to output the best resolution (I assume the best is 1080p)?

    I have looked at the HP 8510p (http://h10010.www1.hp.com/wwpc/us/en/sm/WF06a/321957-321957-64295-321838-3329741-3355678.html) and the Dell XPS1330 (http://www.dell.com/content/products/productdetails.aspx/xpsnb_m1330?c=us&cs=19&l=en&s=dhs). However, both do not specify if they can output 1080p.

    So, which laptop should I buy? Size, battery life, etc are not issues - only the 1080p output matters!

    Thank you.
     
  2. Johnny T

    Johnny T Forum Moderator Super Moderator

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    1080p or not i think depends on the graphics card....

    But can you please fill in the FAQ?:)

    Thanks
     
  3. dtzihe

    dtzihe Newbie

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    General Questions

    1) What is your budget?
    Under $2000

    2) What size notebook would you prefer?
    Any

    3) Please select your country's flag as a post icon and tell us what country are you buying this in.
    USA

    4) Are there any brands that you prefer or any you really don't like?
    No

    5) What tasks will you be performing with the notebook?
    Surfing the web and watching movies.

    6) Will you be taking the notebook with you to different places or leaving it on your desk?
    Leave it on a desk.

    7) Will you be playing games on it; if so, which games?
    No games.

    8) How many hours of battery life do you need?
    Basically, it will always be plugged in.

    9) Do you mind buying online without seeing the notebook in person?
    No I do not mind.

    10) What OS do you prefer? Windows (XP or Vista), Mac OS, Linux, etc.
    Windows XP or Vista

    Screen Specifics

    11) Would you prefer standard or widescreen?
    Any.

    12) From the choices below, what screen resolutions would you prefer?
    Any.

    Widescreen
    Any.


    13) Do you want a glossy/reflective screen or a matte/non-glossy screen?
    Any.

    Build Quality and Design

    14) Are the notebook's looks and stylishness important to you?
    No.

    15) When are you buying this laptop and how long do you want this laptop to last?
    Around 5 years.

    Notebook Components

    16) How much hard drive space do you want; 40GB to 200GB?
    100GB+

    17) Do you need an optical drive? If yes, a DVD, Blu-Ray or HD-DVD drive?
    Yes, a DVD/CD RW would be nice.
     
  4. dtzihe

    dtzihe Newbie

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    So what notebook graphics cards are capable of 1080p HDMI output?
     
  5. Raphie

    Raphie Notebook Consultant

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    to be short, if playing Bluray rips is what your after, you should buy a Dell XPS-M1330 with Nvidia 8400m, via PowerDVD this plays BluRay and HD-DVD images perfectly. (or original disks if you buy external BluRay or HD-DVD drive) all on 1080p (1920 *1080 24fps) no need for a higher card than the 8400m
     
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    Johnny T Forum Moderator Super Moderator

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    Yup i will agree with that!
     
  7. Raphie

    Raphie Notebook Consultant

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    and a an added bonus you get a nice handy Pcard remote which works with powerDVD
     
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    RovingCalypso Notebook Consultant

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    You can get an HP Pavillion with 8400GS which comes with an HDMI, and that'll suffice too.
     
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    dtzihe Newbie

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    Awesome I will start looking into that laptop. Thanks for your help!
     
  10. dtzihe

    dtzihe Newbie

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    Oh yea are there any other choices? What is the cheapest one?
     
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    appleby Newbie

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    I'm a complete newbie here, but I have almost the same question as the original poster here. I'm looking for any updates or details on the previous advice.

    Early January, I'll be buying a desktop replacement, for not much more than $1000 (so basically dell outlet). No games, mostly for watching downloaded movies, connected to HDTV. Don't need BR/HDDVD drive.

    Want to connect video to HDTV, but audio to a good receiver, for movies and for music-only. So do I need both HDMI and S/PDIF?

    Do the HDMI and remote come with the minimum config, or do I have to add the video card?

    Thanks for any help!
     
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