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XGA or SXGA; does it make a difference?

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December 25, 2002 6:37:55 PM

I'm about to purchase a laptop, and I've found a nice one in Compaq's 920ca (Canadian version, 920us in the States?). It's got all I want, AMD2000, 512MB DDR, CD-RW/DVD, etc., but only an XGA display (15"). This means that the max. resolution is 1024x768, right? The screen one step up is the SXGA, with a max resolution of 1400x1050 (that's enough, I think; don't usually exceed that on my desktop).

Question: will I eventually get annoyed at the low XGA resolution and wished that I went for a higher end laptop with an SXGA screen, perhaps an IBM or a Dell? I'm quite fond of desktop real-estate, being used to Linux and multiple desktops...

Thanks for your input!

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December 26, 2002 2:14:18 AM

I'm not an expert, but I think once you go higher resolution, each of the icons, well everything, becomes smaller. If you try it on your desktop you'll see what i mean.

For laptops, it depends on what you like. Go to some stores and ask them to show you the different resolutions: XGA, SXGA, UltraXGA and such. I found out that the XGA, which is 1024x768 (for a 14.4" screen) offered an aesthetically pleasing visual environment. I have the compaq 700us (united states, ca is Canadian like you said).

All i can say is ask and take some notes. Usually the UXGA is too much for some people, and 1024x768 is just right for them, but don't take my word for it. But remember, take into consideration the size of the screen. If your getting a big screen, go for a higher resolution. As for getting annoyed, unless your switching from a higher resolution (desktop) to lower resolution (laptop) frequency, there shouldn't be any annoyance. Buf if you do, you'll most certainly be thinking the 1024x768 is blurry while higher resolution is clearer. Happened to me, got used to it.

Good luck on your laptop purchase. Try to find out as much information as you can because laptops aren't really easily upgradeable and you want something that suits you right. I use mine for general office work and some simple programming.

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December 26, 2002 3:13:57 PM

I think the native resolution for a 15" SXGA display is 1280 X 1024.
My notebook has a 15" SXGA display and its native resolution is 1280 X 1024.
My last notebook had a 14.1" XGA display and its native resolution was 1024 X 768.

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December 28, 2002 1:44:06 PM

no, SXGA+ is 1400x1050.

I would go for SXGA. I got a UXGA when I purchased my notebook, and I have NEVER regreted it. In fact I can't go back now, I look at other notebook screens at 1024x768 and it almost makes me ill the difference is so great.

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December 28, 2002 2:00:46 PM

Check your facts.
Then tell me the difference between SXGA and SXGA+.

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December 28, 2002 2:30:08 PM

I don't know what SXGA "should" be, all that I know is that all current notebooks with "SXGA" TFT LCD's run at a resolution 1400x1050 -And that is what matters.

Some manufacturers like Dell use the term SXGA+, others like Compaq use SXGA, others like Toshiba make typos and say "SXGA at 1600x1200 resolution".

Who's General Failure and why's he reading my disk?
December 28, 2002 7:39:12 PM


XGA - This started out as IBM's term for a computer monitor resolution standard of 1024 x 768 pixels and 16-bit color. IBM released XGA monitors and graphics cards for their PS/2 computers, but unfortunately, the standard was interlaced and ran on 14" monitors. Nowadays, XGA just means 1024 x 768. Laptop makers often mention that their screens are XGA, meaning that they support that resolution.

Super XGA (SXGA) - This term describes a display with 1280x1024 pixel resolution.

Super XGA+ (SXGA+) - This term describes a display with 1400x1050 pixel resolution. It is a hybrid resolution between SXGA and UXGA found on some LCD screens in laptop PCs.

Ultra XGA (UXGA) - This term describes a display with 1600x1200 pixel resolution.

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December 29, 2002 9:23:27 AM

Well, there you have it. Were it not for the ignorance of pc manufacturers, a lot of confusion could've been avoided.

To answer your question, no-one can give you a recommendation on a notebook monitor, you will just have to see the difference with your own eyes and make up your own mind.

Who's General Failure and why's he reading my disk?