I just changes jobs and was given a nice shiny new laptop. Was immediately disappointed I couldn't get as good a resolution (!600x1200) as my previous laptop built in 2007. 1920x1080 is just horrible for anything other than DVD viewing. Doing some searches shows very few 15" laptops with anything better than this. I'd haev to go 17" which is bigger than I want for a portable PC.
My question is, whats going on to drive all the manufacturers in this direction? 1600x1200 is a great resolution for all kinds of business and design work. I really can't beleive that the business world want's it's employees to be able to watch DVD's.
Is it that the panel manufacturers are just no gearing up for the smaller forms anymore?
My 2004 Laptop had 15" and 1600x1200 resolution.
I'll take 1920x1200, but still want 15".
Sorry if I'm ranting, but this laptop (HP 8540W) is so disapointing.
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April 16, 2010 11:04:00 PM
No, you're quite right. Everyone goes, hey widescreen, that must be better.
In reality you need a larger screen to make up for the lost picture height.
I see where you're coming here. WR2 is right- they're cheaper to produce this way. Not to mention, the manufacturers get all of the marketing hype when they can slap the "HD" word in advertising. Basically, HD = smaller work area compared to older LCDs.
Even my ThinkPad SL510 that is optimized for the business enviornment has an "HD". Although most of the time I don't mind it, sometimes I miss my desktop's 25-inch when I'm working on a project on the laptop. My company would have had to pay Lenovo a lot more then they did to get models with a better resolution, however, they do still have them available.
Basically, if you want actual useable workspace on your LCD, be prepared to pay out the nose for it. It's obnoxious, but think about it- you could be stuck with 1366x768. Eek!
Haha... this is why I'll never give up on a good old desktop. Love the portability, but I've got a lot of work to get done in the day...
LCD Panels are a funny thing. When you start cutting them one way, your costs potentially go down when you keep cutting them that way. 1080p is the "rage" right now. I struggled to find a 1920*1200 monitor even a couple years ago. Hey, you get black bars when you watch a 1080p DVD.
I do agree, I just bought a laptop, 15.6 inch screen with 1080p resolution. I would love to have it be 1920*1200, but they generally don't come that way. Instead, "FULL HD" is the label. WUXGA doesn't quite sound as sexy, I admit.
In all of HP's inventory I found ONE monitor under 24" that did Nx1200. A 20" LP2065 for a whopping $390. Others sell it for about $370, if you can find it in stock. Seems to me like this one is on it's way out.
And why would you bother when you can get a decent 24" Samsung that will do 1920x1600 for less?
Used to get 21" for $225 or so. I so don't care about watching movies on my PC.