Can you help my little sister find a laptop?
August 12, 2012 3:37 PM Subscribe
I'm looking for a laptop recommendation on behalf of my little sister. She has a budget of $700 and is looking for something in the 15" class that plays Blu-Ray movies.
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My little sister is getting a new laptop for her birthday and is trying to figure out what exactly she should get. Her requirements are fairly standard -- word proccessing, web browsing, nothing fancy -- with the exception that she wants to be able to watch her Blu-Ray movies on it. She wants something in the 15" size, and the budget is $700.
The main consideration that I had was that most of the 15" laptops with Blu-Ray drives in her price range seem to have screens with only 1363x768 resolution which isn't enough to display 1080p video. She says that she's not terribly concerned about getting the maximum resolution out of her movies as long as they play, but I feel like 1363x768 would probably be a bit cramped on a 15.6" screen even in day-to-day use and that a higher resolution such as 1600x900 would be desirable if it could be managed. (I know that even a 1600x900 screen can't quite display 1080p, but higher resolutions are probably out of her price range.)
Is this a reasonable assessment? Are there other considerations that we should bear in mind? (For instance, I assume that pretty much any laptop out there nowadays can handle the processing load of HD video, but if I'm wrong then that would be good to know.) Does anybody have any specific recommendations for a 15" laptop with a blu-ray drive and a good screen for around $700 or under? Any advice that you can give would be appreciated.