The best

Lenovo Yoga 920

Lenovo practically invented the multimode laptop, and the latest Yoga 920 is very much the best yet. You can still prop it up in tent mode which is perfect for consuming video, but it's also a very slim, light and well-equipped laptop.

Throw in a stunning display and audio from JBL with Dolby Atmos tuning, and you've got a highly portable multimedia powerhouse that's also perfect for any kind of work you might need to do. Prices start at $1,200.

Bottom line: It is a tremendous laptop for both work and play.

One more thing: In the latest model, Lenovo fixed the location of the webcam. Hurrah!

Why the Lenovo Yoga 920 is the best

The creator of the multimode laptop is still the best.

The assumption when you're looking for a killer laptop for multimedia is that you also want a killer laptop. The Yoga 920 from Lenovo is just that. It takes the tried and tested convertible formula the PC maker knows so well and refines it to the best it's been. And it's impossible to ignore the exquisite "watchband" hinge that all the action centers around.

The Yoga 920 is your perfect movie-watching 'tent.'

The beauty of the Yoga is that it's a full-time, full laptop, but it can behave like a tablet. Or a "tent," as Lenovo calls it, too. That makes it superb for watching videos because the keyboard gets out of the way and you're left to focus on the stunning 4K display.

Despite the speakers not being front-facing, they're packing technology from JBL and tuning from Dolby, so you're sure of an aural treat. Lenovo has put some amazing speakers into some of its products over the years, and the Yoga 920 is no exception. In tent mode, the best for watching a movie, they're at least not facing against the desk, so you'll still hear them loud and proud.

Optical drive

ASUS GL553

Multimedia isn't limited to just the digital-streaming era; many still enjoy discs (which, to be fair, store digital media). If you have a large CD and DVD collection you want to be able to consume, you'll need a great laptop with an optical drive. And the ASUS GL553 is just that.

It's well made, has a great display, loud, quality sounding speakers. and above all, it's a great laptop. You get a quad-core i7 processor, lots and lots of storage and NVIDIA graphics mean you're ready for pretty much anything for around $1,200.

Bottom line: It's a great laptop and one of the very best you'll find with an optical drive.

One more thing: As it's a gaming laptop, battery life isn't the greatest, so pack the charger if you're on the road.

Best 2-in-1

Microsoft Surface Pro

It's always been unfair to call the Surface Pro as a tablet — it's much more than that. It's one of the finest 2-in-1 PCs you can buy, and it's perfect for the on-the-go media aficionado, mostly because you can use it like a tablet by taking off the keyboard cover and propping it up on the kickstand.

With the laptop-class internals, stunning display and fairly powerful speakers, the Surface Pro is capable and highly portable, and prices start at a reasonable $679 for the Core m version.

Bottom line: It's a laptop in tablet form, and the Surface Pro is a go-anywhere machine.

One more thing: For less intensive work and media consumption purposes, even the base Core m model should suffice.

Conclusion

When shopping for a laptop that's going to be used heavily to consume media, you want to get the most versatile option you can. It's hard not to recommend the Lenovo Yoga 920, because it's the perfect choice for home and on-the-go media consumption.

If you'd prefer a removable keyboard, Microsoft's Surface Pro is a great choice, and while optical drives in laptops are going away, there are still some top choices out there like the ASUS GL553.

The best

Lenovo Yoga 920

Lenovo practically invented the multimode laptop, and the latest Yoga 920 is very much the best yet. You can still prop it up in tent mode which is perfect for consuming video, but it's also a very slim, light and well-equipped laptop.

Throw in a stunning display and audio from JBL with Dolby Atmos tuning, and you've got a highly portable multimedia powerhouse that's also perfect for any kind of work you might need to do. Prices start at $1,200.

Bottom line: It is a tremendous laptop for both work and play.

One more thing: In the latest model, Lenovo fixed the location of the webcam. Hurrah!

Updated May 10, 2018: There's an all-new lineup of multimedia laptops for 2018.