We are spoilt for choice when it comes to video content. Between Disney+, Netflix, YouTube, and other streaming services, there's so much content that I'm unlikely to finish my watchlist anytime soon.
While I prefer to watch movies on a large-screen TV, there are times when I want to binge in bed. That's when a laptop or a tablet comes into the picture. Not only are they portable, the more expensive models often come with lovely screens that are ideal for watching movies. With some newer notebooks sporting HDR-capable 4K OLED screens and Dolby Atmos speakers, they may even outperform some TVs. Here are five laptops for watching movies.
Lenovo Yoga 9i
The Lenovo Yoga 9i may have a relatively modest 14-inch display, but this is an OLED screen with up to a 4K resolution. This display is bright (600 nits), supports Dolby Vision, and is VESA DisplayHDR certified. In addition, this 2-in-1 convertible has two Bowers & Wilkins tweeters in its flexible 360-degree hinge that remain unobstructed, and produce immersive sound, regardless of the Yoga's mode (tent, tablet or clamshell). In short, the Lenovo Yoga 9i is tailor-made for entertainment, and it's very good at it.
Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition
While the customisable 3.5-inch mini OLED screen on its lid will undoubtedly draw all the attention, the Asus Zenbook 14X OLED Space Edition actually has a very good OLED screen that's ideal for Netflix viewing. You'll get a bright, and vibrant 4K OLED touchscreen with ultra-slim bezels at the sides. The speakers also support Dolby Atmos for an extra dash of immersion.
Acer Swift Edge
With its large 16-inch 4K OLED screen, the Acer Swift Edge already checks one box in our requirements. It helps that this 500-nit display is also rated for HDR content. Battery uptime for video playback is surprisingly better than expected at around 7 hours. And while some laptops get uncomfortably warm when running, the Swift Edge remained cool and quiet during my Netflix binges.
HP Spectre x360 16
If you prefer a 2-in-1 convertible with a larger screen than the Yoga 9i, the HP Spectre x360 16 should be on your shortlist. This premium convertible doesn't come cheap, but its 16-inch 4K OLED touchscreen is excellent for movies. You can also play most games (at medium setting) on it, thanks to its Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 graphics chip.
LG Gram 16
Despite having the largest display in this roundup, the LG Gram 16 is also one of the lightest laptops (together with the Acer Swift Edge) at around 1.2kg. What it doesn't have is a OLED screen, though its IPS display is no slouch when it comes to viewing angles and brightness. But the Gram makes up for that with its excellent battery life. You can probably finish entire movie trilogies on a single charge, which typically lasts over 10 hours.
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