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"I want an ultralight laptop"

For myself (and the kids). MacBook vs. Sony Vaio vs. Dell? Desktop replacement for kitchen. Want to connect to HDTV/surround sound system to play videos, music, photos. What do I need to get TV to play on the laptop (over the air or basic Comcast cable)?

wanted by: flipper (9) in Denver, CO 80201 +
updated on: Aug. 19, 2011, 10:20 a.m. (8 years, 6 months ago)
posted on: Dec. 3, 2010, 12:46 p.m. (9 years, 2 months ago)
tags: computer laptop netbook office work
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Ultraportable Laptop: Advice and Comparison

I just went through this process myself and decided on the highly rated Apple 13.3" MacBook Air (NEWEST VERSION) (with the 4 GB RAM and 128 GB Flash Storage) plus the optional external Apple Macbook Air SuperDrive.

Cost came out to about $1,377 on Black Friday (costs around $100 more normally). If you go this way, the $100 upgrade from 2GB of RAM to 4GB of RAM is very much worth it.

I really hated my Sony Vaio (VGN-SZ440, FWIW), mostly because it came pre-installed with a buggy and bloated Windows Vista, but also because the hardware quality and engineering was exceptionally poor:
  • tons of dead pixels on the screen

  • super hot and the loud fan always running

  • fan has worn out and is now even louder

  • fingerprint sensor never worked right, etc, etc...

I have, however, always had pretty good luck with Dells. Nonetheless, I'm done with Windows for a while and am giving the MacOS another chance after a decade-plus hiatus.

Ultimately, I chose the MacBook Air because of the super cool form factor, the featherweight size and my love of Apple's hardware and software design (I love you, iPhone. I really do!)
comment PS: I didn't spring for the 258GB HD version because I store most of my "big" content (music/photos/videos) on a networked backup drive. - mitch 9 years, 2 months ago
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How to Watch TV on your Laptop (or your Laptop on your TV)

You can do corded video out from the MacBook with the Mini DisplayPort to DVI Adapter (Price $29).

If you have an Apple TV connected to your "regular" TV you can stream music, video and photo content from your laptop to TV (Price $99).

As far as watching TV on your laptop, I've found the Slingbox to be an excellent solution. You connected it to your "regular" TV and add it to your home network. Then you download a client on your laptop which connects to the Slingbox.

Sling Media Slingbox SOLO (Price $159).

If you only want to stream the video from your cable box or satellite feed to your computer, then the Solo is all you need. If you want to stream multiple devices (Roku, DVD player plus your main feed, then you should get the Sling Media Slingbox PRO-HD SB300-100)

Good luck!
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