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Wannabe Geek

#27190 16-Oct-2008 23:50
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Hello ^.^

I'm looking at buying a new laptop soon and I've found two places that sell the same one, but one with HDMI and one that desn't I assume. Even if it does, thats not the point. lol

I want to know what exactly are the advantages of having HDMI on my laptop and I've read a few other threads about HDMI here. From what I understand it's a port on the laptop for HDMI capable things, when retailers say it has HDMI.

In one of the posts I saw, I read this:

"It also allows playback of Blu-Ray or HD-DVD discs which have HDCP copy protection which cannot be played back using any other type of output."

Could someone explain this to me? I'm just trying to sum up what HDMI is capable of and whether I need it =P

Thank youuuuu =]

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  #171743 17-Oct-2008 09:03
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It will depend on the model of laptop, but unless you are spending a lot of money then I doubt it will have a blu-ray player and even less likely HD-DVD player.

Basically the HDMI output will allow you to take one cable with both your high resolution video signal and surround sound signal to a LCD/Plasma TV or a AMP/AV switcher.

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  #171768 17-Oct-2008 11:09
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For example, I have an HDMI port on my laptop and I use an HDMI -> DVI cable to use a 22" montior as an extra "extended desktop" monitor. This provides better picture than using a standard VGA cable.

The same applies when I plug my laptop into our LCD TV.


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  #171825 17-Oct-2008 15:54
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Oh ok thanks =]

So the HDMI output is useful for playing Blu-Ray / HD-DVD discs on your laptop and sending to another peripheral? And no other output can send the Blu-Ray / HD-DVD data? If a laptop were to be capable of playing these discs and had other outputs, you couldnt send the data to any other equipment except on the actual screen of the laptop because HDMI is the only way for it.
Is this all correct?

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