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Is 1400x1050 too smal for a 15" lcd?

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November 21, 2002 10:48:02 PM

I'll buy a laptop soon, and I'll mainly do development on it
(Java, C++, .Net, running Linux or Windows)
I have been primarily looking for a screen capable of doing 1400x1050 (wich I tought was the LCD resolution that comes after the 1024x768), but now I've talked to a friend that says it thinks 1400x1050 in a 15" lcd gets everything too small, that will eventually be unconfortable for the eyes.

I would like to see opinion on this (is 1400x1050 too much? is 1024x768 enough?).

Besides, is there any 1280x1024 resolution for LCD's? If 1400x1050 is too much, maybe this is adequable (if exists)?

Thank you

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November 23, 2002 9:28:24 AM

I got a 1600x1200 LCD, and I'm never going back. I program VB fo school (uck), and it looks beautiful. You can increase the DPI which will make it easier on the eyes if the default at high res is too high.

Dell Inspiron 8200
Intel Pentium 4-m 1.7GHz
ATI Mobility Radeon 9000 64MB
8x DVD
24x CD-R/RW

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November 23, 2002 6:12:04 PM

When you say "DPI" it's not "dots per inch" is it?
I think you mean something like using larger fonts, am I right?

Thank you for your comment. As I'll be using my laptop over 8 hours per day, the opinion of a fellow programmer is a great thing to have.
Thanks again.

Btw, I liked your specs, but I dont know of a laptop here in Portugal sold with Radeon 9000 that weights less than +- 3.5 Kg, and I was looking for something lighter, less than 3Kg. We dont have Inspiron here.
As I'm going to develop in Java and .Net, Linux or Windows, I am thinking of getting something with 512 Mb DDR, and a P4-m 1.7 to 2.0 Ghz.

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November 24, 2002 5:51:26 PM

it is Dots per inch, i don't mean changing the font size, I can't really explain it though - it makes the text look bigger without changing the fonts or resolution.

I definitely use my notebook more than 8hrs a day sometimes, and it is SO much easier to look at than a CRT, although i do have slightly better than 20/20 vision. I sit with the LCD about 40-50cms away from my face, and it is fine.

I live in South Africa, thats where i bought my notebook. The Dell Latittude notebooks are almost identical to the inspirons, so if you get those there...

I love my notebook, and it is quite a powerhouse, but it ways about 4,5kgs, so i think thats over your limit. Compaq use the M9000 too, and they have lighter laptops, but other than that, i dont know.

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November 25, 2002 2:14:46 PM

Thanks again. I asked a friend for his Asus L3S (wich has a 15" 1400x1050 lcd) for a few days for trying it out.
I'm definitibly looking for something under 3Kg.
Do you think the R9000 is that important for someone that plays games at most 2 times a year?
I mainly develop,web browse, and use shells to connect to linux machines. I am looking for something with dedicated memory because I think that laptops with shared memory graphics are genericaly "slowed down" by it (the concurrent memory acess will slow down the processing)
Do you think that, in that sense, my user experience (or "developer experience") will be degraded when using a R7500 instead of a R9000? Or even a GeForce2Go?
You see, I've seen some laptops with 2.6 Kg, but they have a 32Mb GeForce2Go 200, and some with 32Mb R7500, but these weight 2.92Kg...
I've seen tomshardware reviews and R9000>R7500>GeForce2, but this is always in terms of 3D/gaming power. Will the graphics card influence the CPU/others results? I somehow doubt it, and the price diference is some $300 (or 300EUR) and that value would give me an extra 512Mb DDR...

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November 25, 2002 2:45:01 PM

The Graphics Card wont make a scrap of difference, except its nifty features. If you only play games twice a year, I would recommend a GeForce4GO or a ATI Mobility Radeon 7500, but not a GeForce2GO. They both have similar features, and perform about the same, but the M7 is a lot cheaper than the GF4Go. They both support multiple displays etc.

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