When choosing the best laptop for watching movies and tv series, we first need to consider what parts of a laptop are important and which not that much for the best experience and without breaking the bank.

Nowadays it’s more and more popular watching movies and TV shows via video on demand (VOD) services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and such. Most of them (if not all) use H.264 or VP9 codec for streaming. For decoding this data stream we really don’t need a powerful processor. Also, 4 gigs of system memory are more than enough for the job. So RAM and processor power are not the main factors when choosing the right laptop for watching movies and series.

What laptop specs are important for watching movies?

  • DISPLAY: For the most enjoyable experience of watching movies and TV shows on a laptop, the most important is the quality and resolution of a laptop’s display. The resolution must be at least Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels). Most of the VOD services offer content in Full HD, some even in 4K resolution. Also the type of display matters. The laptop must have at least an IPS LCD matrix for the best colors. Now more and more OLED (Organic Led) displays are being found not only in mobile phones but in laptops (and TVs) as well.
    In a nutshell, LED LCD screens use a backlight to illuminate their pixels, while OLED’s pixels actually produce their own light. This way black color is really black because pixels presenting black color is completely shut off, not emitting any light. This way the OLED displays achieve great contrast and rich colors.
  • SOUND: Sound is also important, so it is recommended to choose a laptop with great speakers. Of course, laptop speakers cannot match with desktop ones due to their size limit. But there are laptops out there with quite a decent sound quality to really enjoy watching movies if not using headphones.
  • BATTERY: Of course it is recommended a laptop to be able to run on battery as long as possible if you watch movies on a plane, train, bus… No brainer… 🙂

Notice also that all the laptops I listed here have at least one system SSD drive. Big advice to you all: traditional HDDs are becoming obsolete. They are just slow and unreliable nowadays and can be served only as a second disk for larger storage space. Absolutely not for your system partition. Period.

What is the best laptop for watching movies?

Acer Aspire E 15 Laptop, 15.6" Full HD, 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U, GeForce MX150, 8GB...
New 2018 Lenovo Yoga 730 2-in-1 15.6" FHD IPS Touch-Screen Laptop, Intel i5-8250U, 8GB...
ASUS VivoBook Pro 17 17.3” Thin and Portable FHD Laptop, 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550U...
Samsung Galaxy Book 12” Windows 2-in-1 PC (Wi-Fi) Silver, 8GB RAM/256GB SSD,...
Apple MacBook Air (13-Inch, Previous Model, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage, 1.6GHz Intel Core i5)...
Processor
i5-8250U
i5-8250U
i7-8550U
i5-7200U
1.6GHz Intel Core i5
GPU
GeForce MX150
Intel UHD Graphics 620
GeForce MX150
Intel HD 620 Graphics
Intel UHD Graphics 617
RAM
8GB DDR4
8GB DDR4
8GB DDR4
8GB
8GB DDR4
Disk
256GB SSD
256GB PCIe SSD
256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
256GB SSD
128GB SSD
Display
15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080)
15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS, Touch-Screen
17.3" Full HD (1920 x 1080)
12" 2160 x 1440 Super AMOLED
13.3" 2560 x 1600, Retina IPS
Price not available
$978.00
Price not available
$1,999.77
Price not available
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BEST BUDGET
Acer Aspire E 15 Laptop, 15.6" Full HD, 8th Gen Intel Core i5-8250U, GeForce MX150, 8GB...
Processor
i5-8250U
GPU
GeForce MX150
RAM
8GB DDR4
Disk
256GB SSD
Display
15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080)
Price not available
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New 2018 Lenovo Yoga 730 2-in-1 15.6" FHD IPS Touch-Screen Laptop, Intel i5-8250U, 8GB...
Processor
i5-8250U
GPU
Intel UHD Graphics 620
RAM
8GB DDR4
Disk
256GB PCIe SSD
Display
15.6" Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS, Touch-Screen
$978.00
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BEST 17 INCH
ASUS VivoBook Pro 17 17.3” Thin and Portable FHD Laptop, 8th Gen Intel Core i7-8550U...
Processor
i7-8550U
GPU
GeForce MX150
RAM
8GB DDR4
Disk
256GB SSD + 1TB HDD
Display
17.3" Full HD (1920 x 1080)
Price not available
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BEST OLED
Samsung Galaxy Book 12” Windows 2-in-1 PC (Wi-Fi) Silver, 8GB RAM/256GB SSD,...
Processor
i5-7200U
GPU
Intel HD 620 Graphics
RAM
8GB
Disk
256GB SSD
Display
12" 2160 x 1440 Super AMOLED
$1,999.77
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BEST MAC
Apple MacBook Air (13-Inch, Previous Model, 8GB RAM, 128GB Storage, 1.6GHz Intel Core i5)...
Processor
1.6GHz Intel Core i5
GPU
Intel UHD Graphics 617
RAM
8GB DDR4
Disk
128GB SSD
Display
13.3" 2560 x 1600, Retina IPS
Price not available
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Last update on 2021-05-18.

 

1. Acer Aspire E 15

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CPU: Intel Core i5-8250U  GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce MX150  |  SCREEN: 15.6″ FHD (1920 x 1080) RAM: 8GB DDR4  STORAGE: 256GB SSD

Last update on 2021-05-18.


 

2. Lenovo Yoga 730 2-in-1

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CPU: Intel Core i5-8250U  GRAPHICS: Intel UHD Graphics 620  |  SCREEN: 15.6″ Full HD (1920 x 1080), IPS, Touch-Screen  |  RAM: 8GB DDR4  STORAGE: 256GB PCIe SSD

Last update on 2021-05-18.


 

3. ASUS VivoBook Pro 17

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CPU: Intel Core i7-8550U  GRAPHICS: NVIDIA GeForce MX150  |  SCREEN: 17.3″ Full HD (1920 x 1080)  |  RAM: 8GB DDR4  STORAGE: 256GB SSD + 1TB HDD

Last update on 2021-05-18.


 

4. Samsung Galaxy Book 12

Photo: microsofters.com

CPU: i5-7200U  GRAPHICS: Intel HD 620 Graphics  |  SCREEN: 12″ 2160 x 1440 Super AMOLED  |  RAM: 8GB  STORAGE: 256GB SSD

Last update on 2021-05-18.


 

5. Apple MacBook Air

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CPU: 1.6GHz Intel Core i5  GRAPHICS: Intel UHD Graphics 617  |  SCREEN: 13.3″ 2560 x 1600, Retina IPS  |  RAM: 8GB DDR4  STORAGE: 128GB SSD

Last update on 2021-05-18.

 

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