Will the 11.6" Play YouTube 1080p HD Full Screen Smoothly?

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  1. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

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    absolutely. my ultimate test for 1080P playback is to play a 1080P movie trailer via quicktime. the 320M GPU is an extremely capable GPU and should handle pretty much any video you throw at it.
     
  2. Sneakz macrumors 65816

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    That not an even comparison. 1080p YouTube is way heavier than 1080p h.264.
     
  3. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

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    Should be fine too. Core 2 Duo isn't exactly a slow processor. I was playing 1080P youtube videos with an Asus 1215N, which has a dual core atom CPU.
     
  4. re2st thread starter macrumors regular

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    Did you test it on the actual machine? Or just based on past experiences?

    Thanks for making it more clear. I need to know YouTube 1080p HD, or any flash-based 1080p HD movie, NOT HTML5.
     
  5. re2st thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the info. But I need to know how it is on this very machine. I know for sure (I tried it at an Apple Store) the older MacBook Air can't handle YouTube 1080p HD full screen.
     
  6. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, I used to own a 2010 13" MBP and an Asus 1215N (Atom CPU). Both played 1080P youtube just fine, which shows that GPU is more important in video playback.
     
  7. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

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    well i guess you'll have to wait for someone to run them on the actual units, but from the specs, it should be just fine. Here's a thread on the GPU differences:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=896637
     
  8. cleric macrumors 6502a

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    Depends how much the 320M helps because the current 9400m + 1.86ghz macbook air can't play 'Big Buck Bunny animation' 1080p HD on Youtube with the newest flash beta. Plays 720p fine though.
     
  9. pepto macrumors member

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    I have an Asus 1201N hackintosh and dual core or not it really struggles with 1080 youtube. It has the Nvidia ion graphics too, which is supposed to be equivalent to the old intel integrated gpu.
     
  10. Maven1975 macrumors 6502a

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    Apple is known for throttling the Air. If the thernal issues have not been addressed, expect it to choke out soon after playback.

    Id wait for further testing.
     
  11. pepto macrumors member

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    The 1201N pumps out a load of heat, especially for something labelled as a netbook. When watching youtube in SD it will overheat and shut down unless it has great ventilation. If it is on blanket or even on your chest it will sometimes do that and the only place it seems fine is on the kitchen table or desk.

    Unfortunately, Asus do not research or test their products anywhere near as much as apple and instead of throttling, it just shuts down.
     
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    Maybe I don't understand the techie comments but I would say no - the screen res is 1440x768 so it can't display 1080p. Just view the 720 version
     
  13. re2st thread starter macrumors regular

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    One of the reasons I asked because I want to hook it up to a an external display (which has higher res.).

    Well I guess no Apple Retail Store has a demo unit yet?
     
  14. bloodycape macrumors 65816

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    I have a Vaio TT with the same specs, except for the gpu(intel 4500HD vs 320m) and I am able to pump out 1080p youtube video fine even when connected to my tv via HDMI. The dual core cpu is really going to help, plus with the newest version of flash gpu acceleration should be even more of a help.
     
  15. re2st thread starter macrumors regular

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    It doesn't say whether it's a flash-based 1080p HD clips (i.e. YouTube) or an actual movie file. I believe Intel Atom has been able to play 1080p movie file fine since 2 years ago. Flash is another different story.
     
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    I did actually.. ;) No response as of yet (I have asked the same on his YouTube video as well). Guess gonna have to go to an Apple Store to figure this out.
     
  18. iKennett macrumors 6502

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    Did I not? there was two i tried and one of them was ever so slightly laggy in the wide openviews when zooming in... only just btw.
     
  19. patsfan83 macrumors regular

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    Why on earth would you want to watch 1080p on an 11" screen? You guys are nuts. Save your lap the third degree burn and watch movies in 720p.
     
  20. idonotliketostu macrumors 6502

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    That PC mag review website is ****. Too much ads, and it started to play some audio without options to stop.
     
  21. vanc macrumors 6502

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    Only if you have a good GPU. I have a ASUS netbook with Atom and integrated graphics, it chokes on even 720p movies.
     
  22. mknawabi macrumors 6502

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    It's a good benchmark. Besides, what if he wants to hook it up to his 55" HDTV?
     
  23. re2st thread starter macrumors regular

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    I don't mean to be testy or anything but, why on earth would you even bother to question my question? If you have the answer, answer it. If you don't, please move on.

    Thank you! I did mention earlier, that's one of the reasons why I asked.
     

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