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Cheap laptop as HTPC

Fallen Kell

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I don't think it will be able to decode HD video with that graphics card smoothly. It is based on the Intel HD 2500 graphics chip, but with 1/2 the frequency and no advanced features like quick-sync. Anandtech had a semi review of the HD 2500:

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5871/intel-core-i5-3470-review-hd-2500-graphics-tested

The speed of the graphics processing in that laptop is only 350MHz vs the 650-1050MHz in the review, so judge accordingly.
 

Maximilian

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I'm thinking about getting this laptop to use as a cheap HTPC, running XMBC client to a NPVR server installation on my wife's desktop. I know very little about Intel integrated graphics, and I'm not sure if this would do the job at HD 1080. Does anyone have experience with this? Thanks.

http://www.microcenter.com/product/427914/Inspiron_15_156_Laptop_Computer_-_Black
It will work, HD graphics and up can do 1080P just fine. HD4500 which came before HD graphics can do it so...
 

sf101

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Should work for you but might be a bit bulky that way.
Id probably go the NUC or BRXX route myself personally for that budget area.
 

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