Top 5 home entertainment notebooks

Desktop replacement notebooks for your lounge room

  • 2. Acer Aspire Gemstone Blue (8920G) Forget about plugging this notebook into a big-screen TV — its built-in 18.4in screen is massive and it's also the first 16:9 widescreen we've seen on a notebook. More than that though, the Gemstone has a very good speaker system, a Blu-ray player and HDMI, as well as a digital TV tuner. There's also space to add a second internal hard drive. Read the full review here.
  • 1. ASUS M70SA Grabbing the number one spot is the ASUS M70SA. This notebook stands out due to its 1TB of internal hard drive space — the most we've seen from a notebook to date. Like the others, it has a Blu-ray player, HDMI and a digital TV tuner, but it also adds TV input ports. Again, its features still need some refinement, but overall, we think it's a winner. Read the full review here.
  • 5. Alienware Area-51 m15x-R1 Okay, so it's very expensive. However, this Alienware unit is the most powerful notebook you'll find for playing games and watching high-definition movies. It's got all the necessary ports for connecting to a TV and home theatre system, but the stand-out features are its Blu-ray recorder and 512MB NVIDIA GeForce 8800M GTX graphics adapter. Read the full review here.
  • 4. Lenovo IdeaPad Y710-200 This Lenovo has some shortcomings: it doesn't have a digital TV tuner installed, digital audio output or Gigabit Ethernet. However, it does have HDMI, an ATI HD 2600 graphics card and a Blu-ray player, so it can be used for high-definition viewing on a big-screen TV. Read the full review here.
  • 3. NEC Versa P9120 (2401DR) While this unit isn't perfect, it's still a decent choice for a home entertainment notebook: you'll get a digital TV tuner, a Blu-ray player and HDMI, and it also has pretty good speakers. However, it could use more storage space and it could also use a built-in receiver for its remote control. As it stands, the receiver has to be plugged in to a USB port, which can be unsightly. Read the full review here.
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