I use a simple refurbed lenovo y530. It was just under 500 bucks but 1080p has been (so far) not a problem with any HDMI equipped laptop I've tried.
HOWEVER using a laptop for blu ray play is another matter entirely. Let's just say the most are unhappy with that and you'll find a blu ray player to be best.
Hi, I'm looking to buy a laptop that will connect to my HDTV via HDMI cable. I want it to have 1080p out thru the HDMI port. Are there any smaller laptops (12-13" screens) that have 1080p capability thru the HDMI port?