5 Best Laptops for Watching Movies – Streaming or Downloading The Reviews Got You Covered

Getting the best laptop for watching movies is simple enough if you know what to look for.

You don’t need a high-end laptop in order to enjoy quality movie time but getting the right high-end laptop features, could significantly improve your experience.

What am I trying to say here? Do you need to sell your house for a laptop?

No. You don’t need to spend a ton.

The most important thing is that you focus on the specific things, the laptop need to have, in order to provide an excellent movie experience.

You don’t want to experience buyer’s remorse by either spending too much money or by getting a laptop that doesn’t excel in these areas:

  • Display. Obviously the better the resolution, illumination and colors are the better experience you will have.
  • Sound system. You want to get a laptop with good sound quality. Those are not easily found.
  • Good CPU and GPU. GPU doesn’t have to be dedicated but it’s a good bonus for other activities like gaming if you plan on doing it too. CPU for watching movies doesn’t need to be overly strong.
  • RAM memory shouldn’t be under 8GB. Not just because of movies but because it is time to move forward. 4GB RAM is not good enough for most things nowadays and if you will be streaming movies then you don’t want to be worried about how many chrome tabs you can keep open.
  • Storage. When it comes to watching movies you would do fine with an HDD but SSD is always preferred nowadays. However, HDD configurations are cheaper.
  • Durable battery. If you will be using a laptop for watching movies on the go then you will need something that has a good battery and is properly optimized for low power consumption.

These are the most important things you need to pay attention to. If you get a laptop that has fulfilled the above criteria in a way that satisfies you and your budget then you did a great job.

5 Best Laptops For Watching Movies Reviews

I decided to go with the top 5 laptops for movie watchers because that way I can provide you with the in depth analysis of these machines.

That way you will easily make an informed decision.

Unlike many articles on the internet I prefer to write more detailed reviews and to keep the number of recommendations low.

Because I want to give the best options for various budgets and needs, without going overboard and overwhelming you. If you wanted to be overwhelmed you would just go to Amazon and see hundreds of options. Which is not a way to go. That way you will not get your money’s worth.

1. ASUS ZenBook 15 UX534FTC-AS77 – Best All Things Considered

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This laptop from ASUS is going to be one of the most expensive options on the list while also being quite affordable. This is really a great deal money-wise considering everything that is packed in it. If you want it all then please consider this one.

// It has an excellent 4k display with a really great color gamut and good illumination of 350 nits, a really powerful core i7 10th Gen CPU from Intel and a great NVIDIA GTX 1650 Max Q graphics card. To top it off it is light, portable and it allows you to still use your laptop while watching a movie thanks to a special secondary display.

CPU and GPU

The Intel Core i7-10510U is a powerful CPU that is obviously going to handle any sort of entertainment use. The NVIDIA GTX 1650 is a really good mid range graphic card that can handle new demanding games on the lower settings and anything a bit older will run on medium to high settings.

This laptop is for those of you who are also planning to do gaming or use this laptop for serious work besides watching movies. Whatever you toss at this laptop it will be handled. Except for the extreme stuff, you would need a PC for anyway.

The Displays

image of the ASUS zenbook 15 laptop

Now comes the fun part.

This laptop has two displays. This is a huge benefit and I will get to it in a second. Lets first talk about the main display.

The main display is well illuminated with its 350nits, has a great color gamut sRGB of 100% and a 4k resolution. This means that your movies will be streamed on a high quality display and your experience will be awesome.

Less eye strain, more details of the movie and proper color calibration means that you get your money’s worth.

The secondary display is located on the trackpad and duals as a display and a trackpad. It is a touch display that is meant to make this laptop a productivity killer.

Asus has a whole range of apps that will improve your workflow but let’s stick to the benefits for the movie watchers.

While you watch your movie on the top display you could keep an email app open on the trackpad or have anything else in a standby mode which is related to your work.

That way you don’t have to worry that you will miss something important. Perfect for people who love their entertainment but whose jobs require them to be on alert. Or you could just keep a social media open there if you would like to. Expecting a message from someone? Either way a really good feature.

Oh and you could also watch a movie on the smaller screen in case you are working on the main display. Win win, right?

The Audio

This laptop will provide you with a pretty good audio experience. The speakers are loud and the sound is decently clear without any distortion. I won’t say that it’s the best audio system out there because it isn’t but I don’t think that you will need anything more than what it has to offer.

Storage, RAM and finishing words

This ZenBook 15 comes with 512Gb of ultra fast PCIe SSD which is pretty good. I wish it has 1TB for multimedia but at least it has great speed. 16GB of RAM is more than enough for any tv series/movie experience.

When it comes to the battery life you could expect somewhere around 9h of battery use depending on your screen brightness, if you are connected to the internet and overall what you are using it for.

Specifications:

ProcessorIntel 10th generation i7-10510U. 4 cores, 8 threads. Base frequency 1.8 GHz , Turbo frequency 4.9GHz
GPUNVIDIA GeForce GTX 1650. 4GB GDDR5 with Max-Q design
Storage512 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
RAM16 GB LPDDR3 on board
Display15.6″ diagonal 4K UHD, IPS, wide-view 4-way NanoEdge bezel display with 92% screen to body ratio
ScreenPad5.65″ display, FHD+ (2160 x 1080) IPS-level Panel
Battery8-cell, 71 Wh
PortsHDMI port, USB Type C with display support, USB 3, Card Reader 4.0, Audio jack
Dimensions13.94 x 7.87 x 0.74 in , 3.64lb

2. Apple MacBook Pro M1 – Best Display and Battery Life

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If you are specifically focused on the quality of the display for watching movies and the battery life then look no further than the new Apple MacBook Pro with the M1 chip.

Generally speaking, Apple devices offer an incredible multimedia entertainment experience. I really don’t see how anyone would be disappointed with the new MacBook Pro. The only issues you could find is not having some app on the macOS that is important for your work or if you generally avoid Apple devices or their OS.

The CPU and GPU

This laptop features the new Apple Designed M1 chip that boasts an incredible amount of CPU and GPU power. If you plan on using this machine only for entertainment purposes then I got nothing else to say than that this machine won’t break a sweat.

It is meant for heavy work. Let alone streaming movies. So you are covered, easily.

The Display

// This little machine has an absolutely beautiful Retina display with incredible colors and sharpness. It offers stunning 500 nits of brightness and allows for an incredible level of detail. Bright LED backlights bring the deep black and bright whites while P3 wide color provides a much wider color gamut than the sRGB.

image of the Apple MacBook Pro a best laptop for watching movies and listening to music

Everyone will agree that the MacBook Pro offers one of the best displays on the market as usual.

This is an expensive choice as a laptop for entertainment but it is easily the best if you like macOS. This display quality is hard to beat and if the machine was weaker in other areas like CPU then it could have been cheaper but it is what it is.

The Audio

The sound quality of these Apple devices is really good which easily makes this the best laptop for watching movies and listening to music. This laptop has stereo speakers with wide sound, high dynamic range and Dolby Atmosphere playback. To translate, that means that the sound will be clear and pretty loud if you want it to be.

Storage and RAM

On Amazon, you can get the version with 256gb of SSD or 512. You will probably want the latter if you plan on downloading movies. However, if you plan strictly on streaming movies then the 256GB will do. The SSD is incredibly fast. Everything will open in a flash. The laptop comes with 8GB of ultra fast RAM memory which will satisfy all of your entertainment needs and then some.

Battery and final words

To put the icing on the cake let’s speak of its battery.

You will easily get the whole day of use. Easily.

I don’t know if I should talk details here but the whole thing revolves around its M1 chip which is incredibly efficient in power consumption. It blows every other CPU out of the water.

This is also the best laptop for downloading movies and music thanks to its incredibly fast Wi-Fi speeds. The Apple boasts up to 1.2Gb/s throughput on it’s Wi-Fi 6 card. The only con if you love to download is the limited SSD storage.

Specifications:

ProcessorApple M1 Chip, 8 Core CPU
GPUIntegrated with M1 Chip, 8 Core
Storage256GB or 512GB SSD Storage
RAM8 GB Onboard Unified memory
Display13.3″ diagonal 2560 x 1600 resolution, Retina Display. P3 wide color gamut. 16:10 aspect ratio, 500 nits brightness
Battery58.2 Wh, up to 20h
PortsTwo Thunderbolt / USB 4, headphone jack
Dimensions11.97 x 8.36 x 0.61 in , 3lb

3. LG Gram Laptop – Best 17 inch laptop for Movies

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If you are someone who wants a bigger screen to comfortably watch your movie or a TV show then this one is for you. The reason why I chose this option from LG is that it is extremely lightweight. That way you get the best of both worlds. Big screen real estate and portability.

This laptop has it all for movie watchers except the audio. The audio is just decent. Nothing really special but not horrible either. But keep in mind that it is not very expensive when compared with other laptops of its size that have similar specs. It still has the best quality to price ratio for movie watchers looking at 17” laptops.

In a nutshell, it will give you a strong CPU, good graphics, huge storage, great screen, portability and very durable battery.

CPU and GPU

It uses Intel’s 10th Gen i7-1065G7 CPU that has integrated Iris Plus graphics. The CPU is going to handle everything you throw at it from the entertainment world. Movies, music, streaming and etc. will not make it break a sweat.

The Iris Plus graphics are the new integrated graphics from Intel that are much better than those found in the previous intel chips. That means that you can do some more graphically intensive things like photo editing, video editing or playing some games. But don’t expect it to perform as if you had a dedicated graphics card. It is good but not that good.

The Image and Sound Quality

LG Gram offers a big 17” display with a WQXGA resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels on an IPS LCD screen. The display looks very good. The colors are accurate, the picture looks very sharp and it is also well illuminated. The only con is that it is way too glossy. This means that it will reflect light quite a lot so it may not be a good choice if you will be using it near a window all the time.

When it comes to the sound you should expect a decent sound quality with clear and non-distorted output. I don’t think that it really excels at this aspect but it is what it is. Instead, I could have chosen to review a much more expensive 17 inch laptop that would cover what LG covers and it would also cover the sound part. But I don’t think that you would like to pay much more just for a bit better audio.

image of the LG Gram 2020 version

Storage and RAM quality

This laptop is great storage wise as you get 1TB of high quality NMVE M2 SSD. It is really fast which means fast access to your multimedia and you get to store a ton of it easily. If you are looking for a laptop for downloading movies then this might suit you.

To top it off, it has 16GB of DDR4 RAM. More than enough to stream movies, keep a ton of tabs open in your browser and to handle your work.

Battery, portability and a few more words

The whole point of this laptop is to bring you a great experience with a huge screen while weighting as a 13” laptop on the low end weight spectrum. An extremely portable unit.

The battery will easily last a whole day of use with this laptop because it is huge. That’s probably the main reason it lasts that long. The big chassis of the laptop allows for a big battery in it.

When it comes to the design the laptop looks very sleek and thin. The laptop’s body is made from a special magnesium alloy which is a reason for reduced weight. The laptop also has Military-Grade durability according to LG as it passed their tests on dropping, dust, temperature and etc.

Specifications:

CPUIntel 10th generation i7 1065G7. 4 cores, 8 threads. Base clock frequency 1.3 GHz, Turbo 3.9 GHz
GPUIntel Iris Plus Graphics Integrated
Storage1 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD
RAM16 GB DDR4, 3200MHz
Display17″ diagonal WQXGA (2560 x 1600) IPS LCD Screen
Battery2-cell, 80 Wh
PortsHDMI, USB 3, USB Type C, Micro SD, Headphone jack
Dimensions15.0 x 10.3 x 0.7 in , 2.98lb

4. HP Envy X360, 15.6″ 2 in 1

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For the next laptop, I chose this 15.6” convertible from the HP Envy lineup. It is a cheaper option than the laptops above but it still ticks off most of the boxes. It is a step down in the quality but also in price.

The display is Full HD resolution and with decent quality, audio as well, it has a pretty powerful CPU, an integrated GPU, good RAM size and a smaller SSD of 256GB. The portability is good, the battery is decent and it is also a touchscreen.

Overall, not a bad choice for people looking to go a cheaper route.

CPU and GPU

It has a 10th Gen Intel Core i5-1035G1 CPU which is a power efficient quad-core processor for laptops with 8 threads. It is powerful enough for any multimedia use and it will also do well for internet browsing or being used for work.

It has the integrated UHD Graphics G1 chip from Intel which is good enough for multimedia. Watching movies will not be an issue. However any heaver graphically intensive tasks like video editing or similar are not going to be handled well.

image of the HP Envy x360 laptop

The Display and Audio Quality

The display of this HP Envy is of pretty good quality for its price. The colors look nice, it has a Full HD resolution which is not a given at its price range, it is also a multi-touch capable IPS level display.

Display brightness is lower than expected with its 250 nits. I wish it had at least 300.

The audio is actually better than expected for its price. HP works with the audio firm Bang & Olufsen to create quality laptop speakers for their mid-range and premium lineups. The sound is loud, clear and the speakers also offer a good amount of bass.

RAM and Storage

This model comes with the 256GB of PCIe SSD storage and 8GB of RAM memory. The RAM is just fine while the storage is quite small. You will need some sort of an external drive if you are planning on storing big multimedia like movies.

Portability and Battery

This laptop is heavier than those above so it is more difficult to carry it with you. Also being 2 in 1 means that you can use it as a tablet which can be quite handy when watching a movie. Still, you won’t really be able to hold in your hand all the time considering its weight of 4.53 lb.

The battery life is very good for the price. You should be able to get about 9-10h of video playback time.

Overall this is a very good entertainment laptop for a lower price than the premium models. It has its drawbacks but streaming Netflix, listening to music or watching downloaded movies will be an enjoyable experience.

Specifications:

CPUIntel 10th generation i5-1035G1. 4 cores, 8 threads. Base clock 1.00 Ghz, turbo 3.6GHz
GPUIntel UHD Graphics
Storage256 GB PCIe SSD
RAM8 GB DDR4, 2666 MHz
Display15.6″ diagonal FHD 1920 x 1080p IPS multitouch screen, 250 nits brightness
Battery4-cell, 55.67 Wh
PortsUSB 3, USB Type C, HDMI, Headphone jack
Dimensions14.13 x 9.68 x 0.67 in , 4.53lb

5. Lenovo IdeaPad 3 14″ – Ultra budget option

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The Lenovo IdeaPad 3 is the best laptop for streaming movies if you are really trying to buy something as affordable as possible. Don’t expect a stunning movie watching experience with it. However, this is the only option in my opinion that ticks as many boxes as possible in the ultra-budget bracket.

It offers Full HD screen, a very good CPU and GPU from AMD Ryzen, it is portable and has a decent battery life.

CPU and GPU

It features an AMD Ryzen 5 3500U processor that has 4 CPU cores and 8 threads. It is very power efficient and overall good CPU. It will handle all of the media like movies, music and online streaming.

The integrated Radeon Vega 8 Graphics are pretty good and will handle things like movies without any issues. You will also be able to do light visually intensive tasks like photo editing, video editing or playing lighter video games.

The Display and Speaker Quality

image of the Lenovo IdeapPad 3

The display quality is on par with what you would expect from a budget model. It is just that, a budget display. The only thing that stands out is the Full HD resolution. I don’t think that you can find a laptop with FHD in this price range with other features of this laptop like a good CPU and portability.

The display has about 220 nits of brightness which is low but at least it is anti-glare and an IPS panel. The color gamut is decent and the viewing angles are pretty good as well.

The sound quality is really thin. Yes, you will hear the movie but don’t expect any memorable experience. It is probably best to use some good headphones when listening to TV shows, movies or other media.

RAM and Storage

It comes with the 8GB DDR4 ram which will suffice any multimedia use and will also be good for internet surfing or for any non intensive work.

The storage is again slim with its 256GB SSD. However, for this price, it is very good that the SSD is of M.2 NVMe connectivity and speed. Much faster than standard SATA III SSDs.

Battery, portability and a few other things

The laptop is portable and lightweight. An excellent choice if you need something cheap for occasional movie time on the go if you will not be watching outside due to the low brightness.

When it comes to the battery it will hold up for about 4-6h of play time depending on many factors. If you are streaming then expect less than if you were playing local media with the wi-fi off.

It has three USB ports and an HDMI but no thunderbolt or USB type C support. But that is expected at its price. This is a cheap laptop that can handle multimedia better than other cheap laptops in its price range, in my humble opinion. It is a good option if you are after something like this because this laptop has provided very good results to people that knew what they were buying.

Conclusion

In the end, I would like to say that you should buy according to your budget. I presented the options like Apple MacBook Pro and ASUS ZenBook 15 if you are after the highest of quality that still sits at a reasonable price.

But if you are on a tighter budget then HP Envy X360 will still be a good option and the Lenovo IdeaPad 3 will be your last bet at getting something that can be used well.

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