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Gaming laptops have some pretty impressive specs. They usually have a large screen, a high-end graphics card, and a lot of RAM. But can you use a gaming laptop to watch movies?
The short answer is yes, you can use a gaming laptop to watch movies. However, asking if they are “any good” for this specific purpose is a different question.
There are a few things you need to keep in mind, which we will discuss in this article today.
Let’s get started.
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What Kind of Laptop is the Best for Watching Movies?
Watching movies doesn’t require a heavy-duty machine: an entry-level laptop with basic specifications will run any HD movie.
However, to take your experience to the next level, get something with an excellent display and immersive audio experience.
For display, if you want to watch the movies directly on the laptop and don’t want to connect it to an external monitor, I recommend a 15” or 17”, Full High Definition (FHD) resolution of minimum 1920×1080 and an IPS or OLED panel at least.
Most laptops nowadays come with an IPS panel, but when it comes to gaming laptops, only a few have good color accuracy. Will this bother you when watching a movie? I find that unlikely, but if you’re also a photo editor or 3D modeler, the lack of color accuracy becomes a big deal.
If you want to go to the next level with the display, you can look into laptops with a 4K display. These higher-quality displays come with a high price tag though – laptops with 4K typically start at around $1,000.
As for sound, you could go for a Razer Blade or Dell XPS, which have some of the best speakers on the market. Of course, newer MacBooks are a no-brainer if you like macOS. The speakers are clear, loud and beautifully balanced.
You can also go with a pair of headphones or get at least a JBL Flip 6 if you are looking for something portable.
We enjoy watching Apple TV+ on a MacBook Air M2 | Photo by Sandor Fagyal | Not Just Laptops
What is the Difference Between a Gaming Laptop and a Regular Laptop?
Gaming and regular laptops differ both externally and internally. On the outside, gaming laptops are bulkier, usually have RGB lighting, and are typically heavy. Whereas regular laptops are for the average user and are slim, lightweight, and portable.
I think that not a lot of people consider the aggressive RGB backlight in gaming laptops. Of course, it’s gorgeous and attractive, but I often find it annoying when watching a movie, since I can’t fully focus on the display (just imagine ROG Zephyrus’ dancing lights around the screen). Luckily, for the most part, you can turn these off, dim them, or change colors in settings.
Internally, gaming laptops are packed with powerful hardware. This is because video games are resource-intensive (that is, they require a lot of power to run smoothly).
In contrast, regular laptops have mostly average specifications and longer battery life because again, they are for the average office and household use. This becomes important if you plan on, say, watching the movie on a long flight or bus ride.
Let’s take a look at the differences from a movie-watching perspective.
Benefits of a Gaming Laptop for Watching Movies
- Great viewing experience, thanks to a large display and high-quality graphics card.
- Can handle demanding video playback without lag or stuttering.
- Usually better audio quality than regular laptops.
Drawbacks of a Gaming Laptop for Watching Movies
- Can be expensive.
- Battery life isn’t as good as a regular laptop.
- They are usually heavy and bulky: size and weight can be a bit cumbersome.
- Cooling systems can be noisy.
Is it Better to Get a Gaming Laptop or a Regular Laptop for Watching Movies?
It really depends on what you value most in a laptop. If you are looking for a laptop primarily for gaming, then you will want to look for a gaming laptop that has high-end specs like a powerful processor, a large amount of RAM, and a high-quality graphics card.
Any gaming laptop can easily handle movies.
On the other hand, if you are looking for a laptop primarily for watching movies, and not planning to play AAA games, then it makes sense to go for a regular laptop that has a good screen and excellent speakers.
Let’s take a look at the benefits and drawbacks of gaming laptops from a movie-watching perspective:
- Large display
- High-quality graphics card
- Can handle demanding video playback
- Usually better audio quality than regular laptops
- Can be expensive
- Battery life
- Heavy and bulky
- Cooling systems can be noisy
Which Are the Best Laptops for Watching Movies?
We put together a list of laptops that you can use to watch movies.