The Best Netbook for Movies

What is The best netbook for watching movies ? Hmm… It’s actually hard to decide, because there are dozens of different types netbooks, tablets and laptops for movie watching and streaming out there. All of them are, to a certain degree, good for watching films but there are differences between them as well obviously.

Best Netbooks for Movies

Acer Aspire 3935

The Acer Aspire 3935 might not have the best graphics car in the world but it can handle movies well and is ultraportable. The 13.3-inch LED back-lit screen produces great picture quality with no shadowing in fast action.
This netbook has a bronze colored casing which doesn’t look that good but the case itself is sturdy and well built. The Aspire 3935 is priced at $899 and comes with a Intel Core 2 Duo processor.
Here are the specs on this computer along with my rating at the bottom.
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium  
  • Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 / 2GHz
  • 3 GB DDR3 SDRAM – 1066 MHz
  • 250 GB hard drive 5400RPM
  • 8X DVD±RW DL
  • 13.3 inches LED back lit screen at 1366 x 768 resolution
  • 5 in 1 card reader
  • DirectSound , Dolby Home Theater
  • Integrated camera
  • 802.11a/g/draft-n
  • Bluetooth 2.0
  • Intel GMA 4500MHD
  • 3 USB ports
  • Ethernet
  • Headphone and Microphone jacks
  • VGA
  • Weighs 4.1 pounds
My Rating
With this netbook lacking an HDMI port its score in the entertainment laptop category takes a hit. The weakness of the graphics card doesn’t help either but it explain the reason why there is no HDMI port, this graphics card probably couldn’t handle it.
I give this machine 3 out of 5 stars because you can still watch movies and with the device top only weight about 4 pounds its easy too carry around.

Dell Studio 1737

The 4GB of RAM in this Dell Studio 1737 will allow you to watch films, play games and browse the internet with ease. The colors this Dell comes in allows you to pick which one best suits you.
This Dell is powerd by a Intel Core 2 Duo processor and has a decent graphics card and a large 320GB hard drive.
This device is priced well too prices starting at $$$.
Performance wise this netbook doesn’t have the greatest specs its competition has better processors and graphics cards on paper. If you uses the 1737 and its competition (HP dv7 -2173cl) you won’t notice a difference. The 1737 can do most multimedia task like watching movies and light gaming.
Here are the specs on the 1737 and my rating is at the bottom.
  • Microsoft Windows Vista Home Premium  
  • Intel Core 2 Duo T6500  2.1GHz
  • Stereo speakers , Wireless LAN antenna
  • 6 pounds
  • 802.11 b,g,n wireless
  • 4GB DDR2 SDRAM (upgradable to 8GB)
  • 500 GB at 5400 rpm
  • 8 in 1 card reader
  • 17-inch Widescreen ( WXGA+ )  resolution :1440 x 900
  • 9-cell Lithium ion battery
  • Integrated webcam 2.0 mega-pixels
  • (1) VGA, HDMI, eSATA, Microphone
  • (4) USB ports
  • (2) Headphone jacks
  • DVD±RW
  • Intel Graphics Media Accelerator 4500MHD 256MB
  • High Definition Audio
My Rating
This machine has many choices for colors that look really cool. The power in this machine can’t really compare, but for the price this is a great netbook. You can watch movies, listen to music and play games with little problem.
I give this computer 3.5 stars out of 5 because its still a capable netbook for entertainment even if it doesn’t have the best graphics card and processor. The upgrade ability of this computer is great and easily customizable through Dell.

Sony Vaio NW180J/S.

This Sony Vaio has a very sleek design and lots of power for watching movies, listening too music and playing games. The combination of the great 15-inch screen and a blu-ray player is there really any better? The price is also very pleasing at only $999 you are definitely getting a good deal with this machine.
The Sony Vaio NW180J/S is powered by a Intel Core 2 Duo P7350 processor. All the components in this entertainment netbook are great from the hard drive space to the graphics card there are every little cons too owning this device.
Here are the specifications for this Sony Vaio and at the bottom is my rating.
  • Windows Vista Home Premium
  • 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo P7350
  • 4GB DDR2 SDRAM (upgradable to 8GB)
  • 400GB at 5400 rpm
  • 6 pounds
  • Blu-ray reader/DVD±RW combo
  • HDMI (1) and VGA (1)
  • 15.5 inches (1,366×768 native resolution)
  •  5-in-1 card reader
  • ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4570 512 MB
  • Intel High Definition Audio
  • 3 – USB2.0
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • Wireless LAN : Intel WiFi Link 5100AGN (802.11a/b/g/n)
My rating
Whether playing blue-ray movies or just surfing the internet this machine doesn’t disappoint. However it wouldn’t have hurt Sony to put in a longer lasting battery and throw in a remote for the blu-ray player.
I give this computer 4.5 out of 5 stars in the category of entertainment netbooks. The ability to connect this machine to a Hi-def television to use blu-ray player is simply awesome. This Sony Vaio is also pretty easy on the wallet considering all that you get. It is priced at $999.

Best Netbooks for Movie Watching

A mini notebook computer is considered a small laptop with 10″ to 12″ screen size and almost funny 2.5 pounds weight. They’re really easy to carry around and compared to a regular 15″ notebook they’re almost delicate. When I first took a look around on the netbook market a few months ago it was a lot easier to pick one because all netbooks had the default same old boring ingredients.

1.6GHz Intel Atom processor, 10″ glossy or matte screen, 160GB or 250GB hard disk drive and a battery. That’s it, all brands made the same one in a different casing. The only thing they differed in was the price and the battery. I went for an Asus 1005HA-M because it cost me less than $400 new, and it had a matte screen which I value more than the glossy version. It probably has worse colors, but when direct sunlight hits it, the case becomes completely different.

I like this netbook to watch movies, but there are better solutions on the market now. This one is a little slower than what you’d probably want for watching 720p or 1080p, but it definitely plays normal DVD quality videos like a charm.

Nvidia late last year introduced its ION platform and it revolutionized the market. Netbooks with 12″ screens started to bloom and they’re everywhere now. Four months ago when I checked, only Lenovo had something in the pipe, the Lenovo S12 with ION, but now almost all makers do it.

Asus 1201N is a great example as it has 1366×768 screen to play 720p right on the mouse cinema 12″, but a more important thing was introduced. HDMI port. Before this only analogue D-SUB was fitted on the case of these netbooks and that’s hard to hook up with a HD-TV, if even possible.

However HDMI is on all of the LCD TVs and you will be able to watch 1080p playing on your netbook right on the 42″ big screen, without stutter or frame loss.

Nvidia really put ION together when they sat down to do it, because even with the joke of a processor Intel Atom they managed to give smooth HD video playback on the screen and through the digital port.

I’d say the best mini notebook with HDMI port right now is the Asus 1201N. It’s fairly cheap, comes with a dual core atom 1.6GHz processor, 2GB ram and an unbelievable 11 hours battery. It features the 9400m graphics chip that will even make playing World of Warcraft on netbook entirely possible. Even I’m tempted to change this netbook for a 1201N.

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