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I'm in the market for a new, lightweight laptop primarily for video playback. What graphics cards should I be looking for? I have a good idea how to interpret desktop graphic SKUs, but no idea how to interpret mobile GPU SKUs.

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You don't need a dedicated GPU for video playback thumb.gif Most of the new systems have Intel CPUs with built in GPU's anyway, just like the desktop CPUs.
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Laptops can do 1080p or better playback without dedicated GPUs now? I've been wary of Intel's iGPUs (gave me trouble in the past with an HTPC, namely with jitter / stutter and frame dropping / tearing).

If so that's awesome, because that means I can aim for a lightweight, budget-friendly (< $500) solution to replace my faithful ol' Dell Inspiron 6000. Was great in its day but it's seriously long in the tooth and feeling it when trying to play DVDs and stream HD movies.

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My phone does 1080p playback easily. Any ultrabook will tear it up no problem. An HD4000 can run BF3, video playback is the least of your worries.
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What form factor do you want the mobile solution to be? Are we talking like a 12" ultra portable or like 17" desktop replacement? Like TheLawIX said, most new laptops (if not all) can easily decode 1080p videos with an app like VLC. Also, if it's only going to be decoding video, not really heavy processing, you should take a look at some AMD APU based laptops, since you could easily save some cash that way.
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Form factor would definitely be in the ultrabook category - maximum 14" screen, max 4.5 lbs, at least 7hr battery life. The prettier the screen the better, but I'm not looking for or expecting IPS screens at the price range I'm aiming for.

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Sounds like your expectations are stuck in the past biggrin.gif

How about a 3 lb, ips touch screen display notebook for under $500

http://ultrabooknews.com/database/Acer/Aspire%20V5-122
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Ah, the one deal-breaker on that one is the battery life. 4 hours (best case scenario) isn't going to be enough for me and an external battery pack removes the whole slim / lightweight feature

Still, good to see nice displays coming to sub-15" form factors for good prices. That bodes well for a Q3-ish purchase..

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Ah, the one deal-breaker on that one is the battery life. 4 hours (best case scenario) isn't going to be enough for me and an external battery pack removes the whole slim / lightweight feature

Still, good to see nice displays coming to sub-15" form factors for good prices. That bodes well for a Q3-ish purchase..

That's odd considering I get around 6 hours on my U2442N with higher specs and a higher reso. Oh well, you still have quite a few options to choose from. If you find one that interests you feel free to post it with any question. I can almost 100% guarantee it will dominate video playback at 1080p, though.
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