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Optimize Your Tablet For Movies on The Go

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[ This sponsored article was written by IDG Creative Lab, a partner of PCWorld, and not by PCWorld's editorial staff. ]

Your tablet isn’t just a way to be productive on the go, it’s also a portable portal for watching movies and other video entertainment. Upgrade the viewing experience for maximum satisfaction on any Intel-powered tablet with these seven tips.

1. Pack the Right Apps

Many videos can be watched in a web browser or played directly from your hard drive, but having a good resource for fresh content can help make sure you don’t get stuck with the same old stuff. There are plenty of apps out there that cumulatively give you access to a massive video library right from your tablet. On Android devices, check out Netflix, Crackle, and Hubi. The Windows store also features Netflix and Crackle, plus reliable apps like Hulu Plus and Vevo. Your cable provider may have a proprietary app too, which may let you stream content or download it for offline viewing.

2. Analyze the Angles

While most tablet screens look great from a wide range of viewing angles, you’ll get the best results if your tablet is positioned directly in front of your face, with your neck and head in a comfortable position. With a slate-style tablet like the Acer Iconia A1-830, this is best achieved by adding a separate stand that can adjust to a variety of angles. (You’ll find a wide range of stands available from your favorite electronics retailer, or on Amazon.) A convertible tablet device like the 2 in 1 HP Pavilion x360 also lets you adjust the screen to any angle by rotating the keyboard backward and using it as a stand. Either way, the powerful Intel processors are designed to deliver super-smooth video, even at full HD quality. 

3. Choose the Right Resolution

When selecting the resolution of your video, match it as closely as you can to that of your tablet’s screen for the best results. Watch out – because screen resolution can vary greatly for every source (online, DVD, smartphone) and from device to device. For example, the Toshiba Encore 8 tablet features a resolution of 1280x800 pixels, while the portable All-in-One Dell XPS 18 offers a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. Choosing the proper video resolution will help to eliminate video artifacts, including jagged and blocky images.

4. Reduce Glare

Your best bet for keeping screen glare to a minimum is to carefully choose where you position yourself in relation to bright light sources. Try to keep windows to your side, rather than behind you (which will create lots of glare) or directly in front of you (which will wash out your tablet and leave you squinting). If you’re watching video outside, make sure you’re positioned in the shade. Also, a screen protector with a matte surface (as opposed to glossy) will help keep some of that sunlight from bouncing back into your eyes.

5. Upgrade Your Audio

Audio is half the picture. If you’re not hearing all the sound, you’re not going to enjoy the movie as much as you could. Many tablets feature impressive sound, like the Dolby Home Theater surround sound speakers on the portable All-in-One Lenovo IdeaCentre Flex 20, but you’ll get an even better experience if you plug in a set of quality earphones, simply to help block out other sounds around you.

6. Improve Streaming Quality

Streaming a movie from the web? Certain tablets let you stream video over a cellular data connection, but connecting over Wi-Fi will offer much faster service. Make sure you’re positioned where you have a strong Wi-Fi signal to ensure the highest quality video is delivered to your tablet and to avoid dropouts and buffering – which always seems to hit right before the big action scene arrives. A quick ping at a site like speedtest.net can show you how well your network is performing.

7. Keep Distractions at Bay

It’s finally movie time – so how do you keep life’s various distractions from interrupting the fun? If possible, orient yourself to face away from walkways and other thoroughfares so the constant flow of passing people doesn’t interrupt your viewing. Your headphones are also a signal to the outside world that you’re otherwise engaged. The bigger and more noticeable they are, the better. Finally, don’t forget: Mute your cell phone. That rule isn’t just for movie theaters; it’s for anyone who wants to give every movie an opportunity to become their next favorite.

Any Intel-powered tablet or 2 in 1 device can be your portal to a world of entertainment. Just pick your favorite content and follow these simple guidelines to optimize your experience.

[ This sponsored article was written by IDG Creative Lab, a partner of PCWorld, and not by PCWorld's editorial staff. ]

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