Video Power: These Slim and Light Laptops Are High-Def Champs
Evolved graphics processing makes laptops HD-friendly
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The trend: Slim, light laptops that can play back high-definition video—and edit it—30 percent faster than before.
Video is becoming harder to manage. The popularity of Blu-ray discs, 3-D video, and high-def camcorders and cellphones means PC users need portable power. So Intel and AMD are cramming graphics processors into the space that normally houses only the CPU. Each 1.5-inch chip can hold nearly a billion transistors, which move and render video data quickly, while a dedicated area handles more demanding tasks, such as editing high-def footage.
How You’ll Benefit
Without a graphics processor hogging space and battery power, low-cost laptops, netbooks, all-in-one desktops and even tablets can process high-def video and 3-D while still clocking up to 10 hours of battery life.
Click to launch three of the best HD-chugging laptops
Acer Aspire 7745G: Media Mogul
Asus K53W: Text Twister
HP Pavilion dm1: Portable Powerhouse