Just about to buy a new latop and decided to go for a 15.4" widescreen. I am settled on all the specs, with one exception - do I go for 1280x800 resolution or 1680x1050. The higher resolution costs an extra £50 or so.
The laptop will be mostly used for generaly business use, although playing dvd's and games till certainly be on the cards as well.
I generally dont like text to be too small (better for my eyes), so I am tending towards 1280x800.
I agree with Folken, lower res for text is a definite, but if your going to watch movies or play any games, consider the higher resolution, it makes a big difference. Remember, you can always set the res down when your working with text if you have the better system!