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February 16, 2011 11:23:40 PM

two laptop monitors, both are 15.6 inches, but one of them is 1920 x 1080 and the other is 1366 x 768. I mean, that's a pretty big difference, or is it? It will be used often to play games and watch HD movies, the higher res seems better but is it worth the price?

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February 17, 2011 2:49:27 AM

It is a big difference. Text on an 1920 x 1080 15.6" screen will look noticeably smaller than 1366 x 768 on a 15.6" screen. I recommend you go to a computer store and check it out yourself. However, a computer may not have a laptop with 1920 x 1080 resolution.

HD movies will look better on a 1920 x 1080 because that is the resolution HD movies are in. Well... almost... Movies in 16:9 aspect ratio will be 1920 x 1080. Movies shot in 2.35:1 aspect ratio will be 1920 x 816 which means you'll have black bars on top and bottom. Shrinking a HD movie down to 1366 x 768 will result in less sharp video, but you have to be pretty close to be able to note the difference in most cases. On such a small screen it shouldn't be much of an issue.

Gaming wise, there will be a huge difference in performance. The higher the resolution the lower the performance. So if you want to play games at 1920 x 1080, then you better get a powerful video card unless you don't mind lowering the resolution. For a 1920 x 1080 screen I would personally go for a Mobility HD 5850 (I don't know the nVidia equivalent) which is roughly the equivalent of the desktop HD 5770 in terms of performance. Therefore, not only will you need to spend more money on a higher resolution screen, you also need to spend money on a more powerful video card.
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February 17, 2011 4:28:43 AM

jaguarskx said:
It is a big difference. Text on an 1920 x 1080 15.6" screen will look noticeably smaller than 1366 x 768 on a 15.6" screen. I recommend you go to a computer store and check it out yourself. However, a computer may not have a laptop with 1920 x 1080 resolution.

HD movies will look better on a 1920 x 1080 because that is the resolution HD movies are in. Well... almost... Movies in 16:9 aspect ratio will be 1920 x 1080. Movies shot in 2.35:1 aspect ratio will be 1920 x 816 which means you'll have black bars on top and bottom. Shrinking a HD movie down to 1366 x 768 will result in less sharp video, but you have to be pretty close to be able to note the difference in most cases. On such a small screen it shouldn't be much of an issue.

Gaming wise, there will be a huge difference in performance. The higher the resolution the lower the performance. So if you want to play games at 1920 x 1080, then you better get a powerful video card unless you don't mind lowering the resolution. For a 1920 x 1080 screen I would personally go for a Mobility HD 5850 (I don't know the nVidia equivalent) which is roughly the equivalent of the desktop HD 5770 in terms of performance. Therefore, not only will you need to spend more money on a higher resolution screen, you also need to spend money on a more powerful video card.


the laptop with higher res is GTX 460M, which I believe is a lot better than HD 5850
the laptop with lower res is GTX 285M, its power is close to the power of 460M, which is why I think it is kinda stupid and a waste to use that GPU on a low res monitor...
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February 17, 2011 5:14:31 AM

Okay, then it boils down to...

Will the text on a 1920 x 1080 resolution 15.6" screen be large enough for you to read comfortably?
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February 17, 2011 1:44:41 PM

Text should not be an issue as you can change the size of text in browsers or in the OS.

But you should check it out in a store and try changing these sizes first to be sure they are still legible at their increased sizes.

(personally i would go with the higher resolution) but its your call.
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