Most people build there own HTPC with silent parts and stuff and probably end up paying more than 1000$ for an HTPC and that made me wonder, wouldn't a laptop with an HD video card and HDMI output be just as good?
I saw some laptops sold under 1000$ that have a Blu-Ray drive, a decent ATI HD card, 4 gigs of RAM, 320 gigs HD
Laptops are silent as well and you can move them to watch stuff away from home. The only downside I see is the small HD, which would require an external USB or eSata drive to make it a nice storage solution.
I might be wrong regarding the pricing of regular HTPC setups though, it may be cheaper than I think it is
what do you think, are laptops fine for that?