A laptop opens up your world in ways you had never imagined before, as a theater substitute, the laptop is so personal that only the shutdown button should come between you and your absent-minded self.
Decision or should we say laptop times do come, our recommendation, and you will thank us for this, is; never go slow on the specs. We are not in any way implying you should mess your beautiful credit score, we are just saying that the screens you peep into should be able open up the extremes of human imagination.
Things to watch out when buying laptop for watching movies
Performance and Expandability
Basically, what you’re looking for is a computer with high processor power (AMD or Intel Processor), lots of operating memory (RAM), and a sizable (preferably extendable) internal storage capacity (HDD or SDD) to stockpile as many videos and movies as you’d like. You also want a laptop that allows you to hook up newer fast USB devices (3.0, or type C 3.1 USB) in case you need to play your multimedia data from an external device. A headphone jack is also an important feature for when you want to watch your movies without being a nuisance to everyone else. This can also be solved by having Bluetooth features that allow you to connect external BT speakers or BT headphones. Still on the issue of connectivity, a strong and stable Wi-Fi connection and an Ethernet/LAN port (for RJ45 wired internet connection) can really come in handy when streaming movies, tv series, or music videos from online sources.
Picture and Sound Quality
Do you know why die-hard movie fans find “poor cam-recorded movie downloads” really annoying? Two things… poor resolution and bad audio quality. The same reaction can also be expected if clear copy movies are watched using a laptop that has both poor picture quality and sound. The movie watcher’s laptop should, as a rule of thumb, have high screen resolution (HD, HD+, Full-HD, 4K Ultra HD, Quad HD, QHD+, or Mac’s Retina display…), a screen that’s large enough (15″, 17″, 18″ or above) and crisp sound quality; preferably from front facing speakers. If you watch movies all day long, then you probably want a laptop that does not heat excessively or that becomes extremely slow after hours of continuous use. Other things to consider here include the graphics card and viewing angles.
The perfect movie watcher’s laptop should deliver on more than clear pictures and fast computing or sound quality. You should also pay attention to useful features such as long battery life or time to full battery charge, keyboard and trackpad design, sensitivity, as well as positioning, compact construction, brand, price range to performance ratio, a HDMI port to hook up your large TV (or monitor) for better viewing experiences, and maybe a DVD/CD drive; sometimes our favorite movies are only available on original DVDs or Blue-Ray Discs. You also want to consider whether you prefer a hybrid (2-in-1) laptop that transforms into a tablet, or just a simple claim. Either way, the two choices must also include the portability factor. You definitely want something that you can carry around the house with ease or when traveling. Lastly, you can look at the preferred operating system(s) or what your laptop of choice can accept (Chrome, Windows, Mac…).
Here are some of the greatest choices of laptops highly recommended for veteran movie watchers or Netflix binge watching.
15″ Laptops for Watching Movies
Acer Aspire E15 Notebook
Pro: Upgradeable RAM and HDD
Con: Battery not removable
Acer Theater Experience: The Acer Aspire E 15 is part of Acer’s top of the line E series. One thing you notice about the Acer E15 at first glance is the excellent finish and fit. All features are solid and the Acer laptop is practically the unicorn of laptops, specifically for movie fanatics. The 1 TB internal storage capacity will hold all the videos, movies and music files you could possibly want. Some geeky movie enthusiasts may argue that the 4GB of RAM (DDR4) may need upgrading or the 7th gen Core i3 (7100U) processor is average but in truth, these are more than enough even for heavy movie watchers (including those doubling as light gamers…). The good news, however, is that the additional M2 SSD hard drive slot is open for easy internal storage expansion and you can expand the RAM (also 2 slots) up to a whopping 32GB! It is, however, important to note that the 4GB of RAM is also enough for regular multitasking like streaming movies (from the internet, storage device, or Disc) while downloading more media from the internet using the new Dual-Band wireless MU-MIMO 802.11ac technology or Ethernet/LAN wired connection in the background.
The Aspire E15 comes with a Full-HD (1080p) LED-lit 15.6-inch glossy widescreen (16:9 aspect ratio – ComfyView) driven by an Intel HD 620 graphics card and powered by Acer’s ColorBlast tech to deliver rich colors for the ultimate movie watching experience and crystal clarity when enjoying movies. Movie lovers will be glad to know that you can get between 7 and 10 hours of playback time on full charge.
The keyboard is back-lit meaning you won’t have struggle finding the space-bar in case you need to pause your movie for a quick bathroom break or popcorn refill.
Additionally, Acer included their signature TrueHarmony audio technology to ensure fuller sound reproduction which enhances audibility. Add the newest type C 3.1 and 3.0 USB ports, plus Bluetooth 4.1, and you can enjoy faster bit rate transfers when watching movies from external devices, copying files, or establishing stable links when connecting external BT speakers. The inbuilt 8x DVD drive (Multi Double-Layer) allows you to play movies from Blue Ray discs or DVDswith super flawlessness.
Pro: Fun touchscreen operation
Con: Pretty abysmal battery life
Tricky Trade-Off: Let’s face it… a laptop with touchscreen, just like our smartphones, swiping and tapping and pinching and swirling…. all for under $300… who doesn’t want that?! However, the HP 15-F222WM was purely designed for entertainment. The specs are only feasible for light computing tasks such as watching movies or music videos and listening to music or viewing photos. This 15-inch HP laptop is basically a “family computer”… not the kind that you send your kid to college with, though…
In addition to the cool touchscreen feature and the price tag, other key selling points of the HP 15-F222WM include; quick initial set-up, DVD drive to play media from discs, a HDMI port to connect larger monitors or HDTV, Intel graphic card (HD) with 1, 792 Megabytes of graphics memory for smoother video streaming and enhanced picture quality, 3 USB ports (two 3.0 ports & one 2.0 port) to enable you to hook up more than one USB device (smartphone, external HDD, and thumb-drive), fast and steady wireless (and wired)connections (Ethernet 10/100/1000, Wi-Fi 802.11a, or Bluetooth 4.0) that come in handy when streaming online media or linking BT devices, 4GB of RAM (DDR3-SDRAM) for fluid operation, and 500GB internal storage to hoard loads of movies and other multimedia data.
The 2.16GHz Intel Pentium N3540 Quad-Core processor is not what you’d call strong processing power, but it’s sufficient for watching movies or running small programs like MS Office and accessing the internet (including sending emails and streaming from Netflix).
Some of the negatives pointed out by reliable online reviewers include, a flimsy keyboard, a trackpad that’s always in the way and affecting your overall UX especially when typing on the keyboard, and lame battery life which is about 3 hours; and even less for video playback.
Acer Aspire ES-15
Pro: Stylish yet practical
Con: Slow booting despite InstantGo technology
Simplified Copy-Cat: The Acer Aspire ES 15 is just a downgraded version of the E15 but with most of the same features. Although the Acer Aspire ES15 – B01J42JPL4 has the same (expandable) 4GB RAM capacity (SDRAM, DDR3), and 1 TB internal storage, as with the E15, it runs on the lesser 6th gen Core i3 series (6100U) processor and the RAM is only expandable up to 16GB which is not bad for a movie watching laptop. On the upside, this means the processor uses less power when at work thus there’s little heat generation or emission (no overheating in general…). The 15.6-inch LCD display (LED-lit) only matches that of the E15 in terms of size but it’s quite lower in performance with a resolution of 1366 x 768p (HD) powered by Acer’s CineCrystal technology. This can, however, be solved by connecting your laptop to your HDTV through the HDMI port for better movie viewing experience; or when friends and family have to join in on the weekend movie marathon.
The battery life is disappointing with only 6 hours of playback time. The USB ports also include the 2.0 and 3.0 older USB connections, plus the Bluetooth function comes in version 4.0; Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity is just as explained in the Acer E15 review above.
The Acer Aspire ES15 is generally a good choice for movie watchers looking for a laptop that’s just “good enough” to handle a weekend of non-stop movies without too much fuss or major downtime. Audio quality is also great for immersive “movie binging”.
17″ Laptops for Watching Movies
2017 Lenovo 17.3″ HD+ Premium Laptop
Pro: Bigger, bolder, better
Con: Less than ideal graphics
Simply More: With the 17.3-inch Lenovo IdeaPad high-performance laptop comes more screen, more processing power, more operating memory, more storage capacity, more keyboard (includes separate Numpad), more expansion slots (includes VGA port), more fun movie watching experiences… more everything!
The Lenovo Premium laptop runs on a 6th gen Core i5 (2.3GHz) 6200U processor which is quite fast. This coupled with the 8GB of RAM (DDR3L-SDRAM) makes this Lenovo a super fast movie watchers companion. Add the 1 TB internal storage capacity and you have a tower-sized vault for all your information and multimedia data. Although it’s hunky-dory in the processing power and local storage department, it still leaves more to be desired in picture display quality. For such high specs, you’d expect Lenovo to match that with an equally high graphics engine and screen resolution, but no, 1600 x 900 of resolution driven by Intel’s HD 520 Graphics card is all you get.
It’s definitely not something to brag about but it gets the job done. Most movie watchers don’t seem to mind this little shortcoming at all… and truth be told, the difference is somewhat negligible, even to the discerning eye. The battery life is also crappy (4 hours or less). For expansion, you get two USB 2.0 ports to hook up your regular devices and one USB 3.0 for your newer faster USB devices. You also get an HDMI port to expand your viewing to larger modern HDTV screens, a VGA port to connect to a regular desktop monitor (or Telly), one 4-in-1 multimedia card reader slot (SD, SDXC, SDHC), 1 Ethernet/LAN port, and of course, a DVD drive (DVD-RW) to play your movies from discs (or burn them to a disc). Other key features include Wi-Fi (wireless AC) and Bluetooth (4.0) connectivity. There’s never a dull moment with the Lenovo 17.3″ IdeaPad…
FYI: RAM can be expanded up to 16GB.
Toshiba Satellite 17.3-Inch FHD
Pro: Outstanding everyday performance
Con: A bit hefty to carry around
Sleek Bulk: Toshiba really outdid themselves with the Satellite 17.3″ FHD laptop. This is definitely the “Rolls Royce Dawn” of movie watching laptops! Hats off!! If there’s anything missing in the 17.3-inch Toshiba Satellite, trust me, you don’t need it.
Maybe you can switch to a preferable version of Windows (for those who have trouble navigating Windows 10), but that’s it… everything else is intact, especially for movie fans. You DO NOT need to upgrade or downgrade anything on the Toshiba Satellite (S75-B7121) FHD laptop; unless you’re switching your passion from watching movies to producing them, then why on earth would a movie fan need more than 16GB of RAM (SDRAM-DDR3), 1 TB of internal storage, and a 4th gen Core i7 – 4720HQ (2.6GHz Quad Core) processor? There are serious gamers and graphic designers out there who would “literally kill” to get their hands on specs like these.
Toshiba have really perfected their “Tru” technology through the 17.3″ Toshiba Satellite with the inclusion of TruBrite technology that powers the 17.3″ TFT display and supports 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080 screen resolution) for crystal clear picture clarity, TruType technology for the backlit keyboard, and TruTalk for the inbuilt microphone in case you need to chat or share with friends and family about newly released blockbusters over Skype. The Harmon-Kardon Stereo speakers are just a plus… and there’s an HDMI port to hook up your monster HDTV when 17 inches will not give you the viewing experience you want. Movie fans who choose the Toshiba Satellite S75-B7121 also get 4 USB ports (two USB 2.0 slots and two USB 3.0 slots), RJ45 port for Ethernet/LAN connection, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. The only thing missing on the 17.3″ Toshiba Satellite is you!
HP Black 17.3– Inch
Basic Features: If you go over the board for comfortable computing, big screens, and spacious keyboards over portability, this laptop is yours for the taking. It is quite back breaking at 6.2 pounds but would nevertheless do just fine over a desk. The processor is painfully, and we repeat painfully, slow but would give you the basic functionalities of web surfing, movie watching, media consumption and some light casual gaming.
Dell Inspiron 17.3-Inch
Basic Build: This Dell laptop finish do it justice, it can easily fit in any office or learning environment. It feels smooth to touch and does a great job of repelling fingerprints. With a big keyboard, the keys are widely spaced thus you end up doing very little errors. The speakers are however not loud even for, at high sound, it also comes with light bundled software.
Lenovo Z70 17.3-Inch
Basic Features: The Z70 boasts a new integrated graphics engine, superb performance, and multiple connectivity ports. It comes with up to 4 hours’ battery life, and although the trackpad is a bit to the left due to the numeric pad, the speakers are of good quality, it overheats on use, and has a cheap construction.