*You might not like Brown. I'm sure they have a different colour.
I don't know if there is a hardware video decoder in the Intel graphics or not. If there is, try using K-Lite's latest Codec pack and the included MPC-HC video player. DXVA should be enabled for AVC if it is supported. Again, not sure. Otherwise it's up to the CPU which is likely fast enough.
Don't forget to look for BIOS, software and driver updates from the laptop site.