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Best laptop for home theatre and home studio use

by heehee62 / November 28, 2009 9:50 AM PST

What laptop would you recommend for me given the following info.

I use the laptop for:

1. watching tv shows and movies, from online streaming sources as well as blue rays/regular dvds. Unless I'm flying, I usually connect my laptop to a high quality projector that projects the output onto a 100" screen and a sound receiver.

2. editing and storing home videos/photos

3. karaoke using the karafun program

4. Home studio - with cubase Ai4, Sibelius 6, and a connection via firewire to my yamaha motif xs8 keyboard.

5. downloading music files.

6. internet/email

7. watch movies on a plane about once a year

Because of the above, I was thinking (though if I'm wrong about this given my uses, feel free to correct me) I would want a laptop that played blue ray DVDs and had an HDMI connection. Preferred one with a firewire connection (needed for motif keyboard connection) and a slot for a camera card, but neither are absolutely necessary so long as I can insert an firewire card into the laptop. I would prefer a small/light laptop cause I will rarely use its screen all that much but it needs to be able to send an extremely high resolution image to a secondary monitor (my projector). Want good sound output as well as I'll primarily be using it for home theatre purposes.

Was hoping to spend $1000 or less but if you don't think I can get a decent laptop to meet the above needs, feel free to mention more expensive products.


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Well the best for viewing movies is
by orlbuckeye / November 28, 2009 11:35 PM PST

going to be one that has a true 1080P screen. That will also be a bigger screen like 16" to 18.4" (Although Asus has a couple of 15.6" screens with true 1080p 1920x1080 res).

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Re: Well the best for viewing movies is
by heehee62 / November 29, 2009 1:13 AM PST

Thanks. Can you name some specific model names?

I couldn't even find the ASUS brands you were referring to cause most spec summaries I saw seemed to just give the laptop display resolution and not what it would look like on a second monitor/projector screen. Blue ray is a must (or at least I need to be able to upgrade to it).

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by orlbuckeye / November 29, 2009 7:42 PM PST

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