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1920x1080 Too Small for 15.6" Screen?

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July 17, 2012 10:23:59 PM

Hey guys, I've been to stores all over the area and haven't been able to see a 1920x1080 resolution screen in the past week or so.

Do you guys think that is too high a resolution for such a small screen? My concern is that the text will end up too small to read easily, but I'm going to use it for multitasking (multiple pages of Word and/or Excel for example) so the extra screen space may be worth the trade-off.


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a b D Laptop
July 17, 2012 11:47:42 PM

Keep in mind that, while you can sometimes upgrade a 15.6" 1366x768 laptop with a higher resolution display, many laptops that come with 1366x768 displays come with single-channel LVDS cables. A dual-channel LVDS cable is necessary to run a higher resolution, and there isn't always one available that is compatible with the laptop. With so many laptop models and so few people willing to try things like this, there is almost no information available on this for a given laptop though.
a c 571 D Laptop
July 17, 2012 11:55:28 PM

1920x1080 on a 15" screen is a problem for me. 1600x900 on a 14" or 15" notebook works a lot better for me.

But I know 1920x1080 on 15" is not a problem for many. And the extra screen real estate makes multi-tasking a whole lot easier.
My normal workspace is a pair of 24" 1920x1200 monitors.

Some even manage to handle 1920x1080 on 11" & 13" screens without a problem.

I'm not too keen on doing a shade tree LCD screen upgrade.
Among other issues you're paying for two LCD screens.
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July 18, 2012 2:01:34 AM

My laptop has a 1920x1080 screen, I have no problems with the size of text etc. The extra screen space is definitely useful for multi-tasking.

If that is a problem, there is an option to make (most) of the text related to the operating system about 50% bigger which should definitely be suitable for everyone.

On a side note, the higher resolution does require a more powerful GPU, so try not to skimp on that side of things.
a b D Laptop
July 18, 2012 2:52:03 AM

the higher resolution does require a more powerful GPU

You can always run games in non-native resolution. And games running in non-native resolution on a 15.6" 1920x1080 display will often tend to look better than games running in native resolution on a 15.6" 1366x768 display, due to the sheer difference in quality that typically exists between these two types of displays.
July 25, 2012 10:31:13 PM

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