But my laptop that plays hulu and more in 1080p is a lowly Lenovo y530 with old core 2 duo and integrated Intel 4500MHD video.
I wonder if you are asking if a dedicated GPU and Video RAM is required so my answer to that is no.
The i3 series with 4500 or similar GPU should compare well with my y530.
As to what model? Please use the Laptop pickers at the top of this forum.
I've been doing research on laptops, but am bogged down by so much information. I hope someone here can help.
I need a laptop for home use that will initially be used to stream video (Hulu), and run itunes while playing games/surfing. If my desktop dies, this laptop will have to fill the gap for a few years, and additionally run Office, Sketch-up, old versions of Photoshop, Autocad, and play casual games online.
I currently have an 8-year-old Dell Dimension 4600: XPpro/512mb RAM/75gb HDD(48GB used)/Intel 82865G graphics/Intel Pentium 4 3.06GHz, which may be old, but courageously carries on doing all of the above (albeit slowly).
There are too many CPU options for a 2GB DDR3 RAM/250GB HDD (or better) combination for me to get a handle on. I've been to notebookcheck's processor ranking site (http://www.notebookcheck.net/Mobile-Processors-Benchmarklist.2436.0.html), and finally understand, for example, that an Athlon II P320 isn't as powerful as an Intel i-3-370M. This was helpful, but I don't know how to apply such rankings to my needs.
In short, what's the lowest-ranking CPU series (both AMD and Intel) that I should even be considering? I know GPUs come into play here, so if integrated graphics won't work for me, please let me know.
When I've narrowed down my list of laptops I'll be back for advice--Thanks!