HolidayBuyer's Guide

Laptops forum

General discussion

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 http://www.karafun.com/karaokeplayer/system-req.html

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.

thanks.

Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: Best laptop for home theatre and home studio use
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: Best laptop for home theatre and home studio use
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
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).

Collapse -
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).

Collapse -
Go to newegg.com
by orlbuckeye / November 29, 2009 7:42 PM PST

they have multiple brands of laptops.

Popular Forums
icon
Computer Newbies 10,686 discussions
icon
Computer Help 54,365 discussions
icon
Laptops 21,181 discussions
icon
Networking & Wireless 16,313 discussions
icon
Phones 17,137 discussions
icon
Security 31,287 discussions
icon
TVs & Home Theaters 22,101 discussions
icon
Windows 7 8,164 discussions
icon
Windows 10 2,657 discussions

The Samsung RF23M8090SG

One of the best French door fridges we've tested

A good-looking fridge with useful features like an auto-filling water pitcher and a temperature-adjustable "FlexZone" drawer. It was a near-flawless performer in our cooling tests.