Netflix has started to roll out 4K video on the Windows 10 platform. Unfortunately, streaming it requires the latest seventh-generation Kaby Lake Intel processor, and not many devices possess both this CPU and the ability to stream 4K in the first place. What to do?
If you're one of the few who has a 4K display Windows 10 laptop embedded with the limited-availability Kaby Lake chip, you're in luck. All you need to do is hop on Microsoft's new browser, Edge, and stream away. Desktop users of Windows 10 will have to keep waiting — the Kaby Lake chips for home PCs aren't expected to arrive until sometime next year.
There are only a handful of compatible laptops. Those desperate for ultra-high-definition playback are better off investing in a streaming stick such as the Chromecast Ultra, Roku Premiere+ or Amazon Fire TV. Instead of purchasing a brand new laptop, you can stream 4K video with a significantly cheaper device directly onto a compatible 4K TV — which are much easier to find at the moment.
Going forward, 4K devices with Intel's new processor should become standard. Here's a complete list of laptops that are equipped with a Kaby Lake processor, though you'll have to ensure the device also comes with a 4K display. If so, it may be time to take advantage of Black Friday deals around the corner.