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Old 06-20-2007, 05:22 PM   #1
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Any opinions on the best laptop for viewing online HD video?
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Old 06-20-2007, 09:36 PM   #2
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Well... googlin' about for HD Laptop found me this:

Toshiba's Qosmio G35-AV660

I've looked about and it appears to be quite the winner.

The specs on it are very good. Nice video, cpu, etc. If you don't like the Toshibas, then at least use their specs for what you need.
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Old 06-26-2007, 06:17 PM   #3
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My new Sony VAIO VGN-AR370 is coming tomorrow. I'll tell you if it's a winner then.(It better be! )
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Old 06-29-2007, 01:44 PM   #4
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The VAIO does not do HD and the Toshiba is way too much.

A new Mac Book Pro with 17" 1920x1200 is about $2900. Seems to be a better deal than non Mac right now.
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Old 07-06-2007, 10:34 PM   #5
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The VAIO does not do HD and the Toshiba is way too much.

A new Mac Book Pro with 17" 1920x1200 is about $2900. Seems to be a better deal than non Mac right now.
Umm...the VAIO DOES do HD. Do some research before posting. It's awesome with very smooth playback.
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Old 07-07-2007, 08:55 PM   #6
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Umm...the VAIO DOES do HD. Do some research before posting. It's awesome with very smooth playback.
I was unclear. The VAIO does 1440x900 and is certainly capable of displaying HD very well. The Toshiba and the Mac have native 1900x1200 screens and can do pixel - pixel reproduction of 1080 material.

My current favorite and probable buy is this puppy:

http://www.avadirect.com/product_det....asp?PRID=3620

An absolute monster! With a WUXGA or 1900x1200 screen option, PCIe with ExpressCard, 3 hard drives with RAID and a CoreDuo up to 2.9G. I intend to put three Samsung 64G solid state drives in it and use it for video capture from an HD camera. RAID0 should write at 135MB/s to that array. I believe I can get a forth in and that will give me full HD SDI of 1.5Gb/s or 180MB/s.
The 3 drives are enough to capture uncompressed from a Blackmagic Intensity card through HDMI or Component.

This allows you, for instance, to take HDMI or Component out from a variety of camcorders including the Canon HV20. A fairly cheap camera that does very nice stuff to the HDV tape but amazing quality to the HDMI or Component uncompressed output.
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Old 07-08-2007, 04:39 PM   #7
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I recently bought an Acer 9410z laptop. It plays HD clips just fine. $599 AR at compusa.com.

Want to test a laptop for HD play before you buy? Here's a way to burn a DVD to autoplay an HD clip. The Vista Home Premium on my new laptop asks if I want to autoplay the DVD. I think this is the default behavior for XP also.

In the root of the DVD have an Autorun.inf file with
[autorun]
open=mplayerc.exe mpc_Playlist.m3u
icon=autorun.ico
Have Media Player Classic, mplayerc.exe, in the root of the DVD. It will play most types of HD clips. Put the mplayerc.ini file with it.

The playlist just has a list of the clip file names, one per line. These were from movies I recorded OTA.
X-Men vs police.tp
T-Rex in SanDiego.tp
Jen_meets_Dark_Cloud.tp
Put the playlist in the root of the DVD. The icon file, autorun.ico, can be any icon file. Put it in the root of the DVD.

Put the HD clips in the root of the DVD also.

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Old 07-13-2007, 12:57 PM   #8
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My current favorite and probable buy is this puppy:

http://www.avadirect.com/product_det....asp?PRID=3620
Holy crap, now theres something you dont see everyday, a 12 pound laptop!
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My Laptop, TOSHIBA A100-847 - - - > HDtogo - - -> Mobile High Definition

Technology
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type : Intel® Centrino® Duo Mobile Technology featuring Intel® Core™2 Duo Processor T7200, Intel® PRO/Wireless 3945ABG network connection and Intel® 945PM Express chipset
clock speed : 2.0 GHz
Front Side Bus : 667 MHz
2nd level cache : 4 MB

Graphics adapter
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manufacturer : NVIDIA®
type : NVIDIA® GeForce™ Go 7600
memory amount : 256 MB
memory type : DDR Video RAM
connected bus : 16x PCI Express

Display
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size : 15.4 "
type : Toshiba TruBrite® WXGA TFT display
internal resolution : 1,280 x 800

Internal video modes
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resolution : 1,280 x 800
maximum number of colours : 16.7 million

Max. external video modes
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max. resolution : 2,048 x 1,536
max. colours : 4.3 billion
max. refresh rate : 100 Hz
non-interlaced resolution with max. refresh rate : 1,600 x 1,200

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Old 07-28-2007, 11:32 PM   #10
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I was unclear. The VAIO does 1440x900 and is certainly capable of displaying HD very well. The Toshiba and the Mac have native 1900x1200 screens and can do pixel - pixel reproduction of 1080 material.
Again...do some research. My VAIO has a 17" 1920x1200 display. HD is amazing. Blu-Ray movies are awesome. Playback is perfectly smooth. It can certainly compete with anything on the market today, except maybe a custom Alienware notebook or something similar.
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Old 07-29-2007, 01:38 AM   #11
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Again...do some research. My VAIO has a 17" 1920x1200 display. HD is amazing. Blu-Ray movies are awesome. Playback is perfectly smooth. It can certainly compete with anything on the market today, except maybe a custom Alienware notebook or something similar.
It's a Sony VAIO VGN-AR370 right? All the googled pages I've looked at ... 2 ... so far claim 1440x900:

http://www.alibaba.com/catalog/12046...ew_Sealed.html

for one.

If you have a true 1920x1080 it will be called WUXGA. They are rare.
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It's a Sony VAIO VGN-AR370 right? All the googled pages I've looked at ... 2 ... so far claim 1440x900:

http://www.alibaba.com/catalog/12046...ew_Sealed.html

for one.

If you have a true 1920x1080 it will be called WUXGA. They are rare.
If you go to SonyStyle, and select the AR Series VAIOs, and look at the third model shown, in the first description given:
"This luxuriously designed PC is the ultimate performer-with a 17" WUXGA display, HDMI™ output, optional Windows Vista™ Home Premium..."

If you click Customize, then More Info at the screen section, you'll see:
"The AR370 notebook features a 17" WUXGA or WXGA+ display with XBRITE HiColor™ technology, with a maximum resolution of 1920 horizontal pixels by 1200 vertical pixels for the WUXGA and a maximum resolution of 1440 horizontal pixels by 900 vertical pixels for the WXGA."

SonyStyle isn't offering the WXGA+ on the AR370. I don't even know why you would get one with such low resolution.
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Cool I'm glad you got the nicer screen ... have a blast with it.
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The laptop on the right has a HD DVD ROM drive and is $1600

http://www.toshibadirect.com/td/b2c/...-33917&seg=HHO

Amazon sells this at $1600 and there is a $100 rebate = $1500:

http://www.amazon.com/Toshiba-F45-AV.../dp/B000RN5UJ6
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Old 07-29-2007, 01:58 PM   #15
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PS3 is $550 now in Canada. Runs Linux and will do nearly everything the laptop will.

No screen but that's about it. It has nearly everything else.

I dunno .
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