HD at 720p is considered full HD so this means almost any laptop with blu ray will do.
The problem is when we hit that Sims 3. Many are confused and think that it doesn't require a high end video card/solution. Having seen this title you'll want the usual 1GB Video RAM and video 3D chipset.
It appears you are willing to live with a shorter life span machine. This has been discussed why it is shorter when we cram what is normally a desktop into such a small form. You shouldn't be surprised that taking the top end CPU, the high power video to run the game will get you a laptop with short battery run times, more weight and shorter life and a higher price tag.
I am looking into getting a new laptop this year. My old laptop (Dell Inspiron 8000), which I haul around on work trips from time to time, is nearing 9 years old, and it has trouble running some of the programs I use for work, not to mention for fun. My priorities are 1) work 2)and source of entertainment if I have to stay overnight for work. I've been looking around with a few things on my wish list:
- bluray + full hd screen
- a 7200 RPM hard drive -size not so much a factor so long as I can swap it out later
- a good - great graphics card -one that can play Sims 2 or 3 nicely (anything more "hardcore" can be left to the desktop or console)
- DDR3 ram
- 15 - 17 inch screen size
-Intel Core i7
Which have led me to the Qosmio X805-875 and a customized Sony F-series to comparable specs when possible (i7-720 QM processor, 320 GB HDD @ 7200 rpm, 6 GB RAM, bluray). They have some big spec difference, I'd have to decide on, but I'm not really familiar with how well these two brands hold up, as most people I know use Dells, Hp or Mac. My concern, and reason for seeking advice is more on reliability and future upgrade potential. Seems like both are pretty reliable right now, based on other posts I've found. Neither manufacturer covers upgrading beyond the RAM in the documentations for the two models, unlike Dell. Its probably beyond hope to find a laptop that I could upgrade more than the RAM and Hard drive, but does anyone know how proprietary the rest of the components are? Or if I can't upgrade the hard drive with any standard laptop hard drive from Newegg?
Thanks in advance for any suggestions