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Old 02-05-2012, 04:58 PM   #31
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Move the screen. ;-)
Ha ha. But actually I guess that will be easier with the minitower gone.

   
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Old 02-05-2012, 04:59 PM   #32
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No games here, either ... guess I won't worry about it.

   
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Old 02-05-2012, 06:43 PM   #33
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Simply buying a higher resolution screen while using the same size laptop won't solve the problem. Higher res means the type and icons will get even smaller. Some people have good eyes; I don't. From past experience, I knew that anything smaller than 17" would be unreadable (by me).
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Old 02-05-2012, 10:37 PM   #34
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My eyes are still quite good (with my computer/reading glasses); I just want the option to fit more onto whatever size screen I have. I'm assuming (perhaps incorrectly?) that 1600 x 900 is merely the maximum resolution, as on a desktop, and not the only resolution.

I've been surviving with my husband's teensy netbook screen so anything 14" or larger will seem rather luxurious in a portable computer! I haven't had a problem with the text and icon size but have loathed all of the scrolling and window management I've had to do; it severely cramps my style, LOL!

I like the 17" laptop screens but most of my friends who have them do not also have an external monitor. I will have the external monitor and am not sure I want to carry around a heavy laptop on those occasions when I must travel with one. 15.6" might be a good compromise. But I guess that's another reason to stop by a computer store and check them all out.

   
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Thanks, Judy, I wondered about the 1366 x 768. I think I'll add 1600 x 900 to my list of improvements.

While a 17" screen would be lovely, I'm wondering if that would just be too big and heavy for when I do travel. And fitting it on my desk along with the external monitor could be an issue as well.
I got a 17" for my first MacBook Pro and went to a 15" for my second. The 17" was a huge weight to carry around, and with the external monitor, I didn't need the extra screen real estate. I've never regretted dropping back.

   
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Thanks, Ann, that's encouraging!

   
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Having bought a Toshiba whose hard drive failed in 6 months, I can only say that build quality of what used to be reputable brands is very much down to a price. Next time, I intend to spend a bit more and see if I can get a business class model.
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The T-series Thinkpads only go up to 15.6, not 17, so that's a non-issue (unless you want to change models/vendors)

>> I'm assuming (perhaps incorrectly?) that 1600 x 900 is merely the maximum resolution, as on a desktop, and not the only resolution.

That would be the maximum resolution for the laptop's own screen, not for the external monitor, but you'll want to run it at that resolution; unlike video tubes, LCDs only look good at one resolution. Windows will let you run at different resolutions ... if you don't mind blurry type.

If you're like me, you'll be looking for all the *vertical* pixels you can get, especially now that everybody's doing the "I wanna be just like Bill" dance, snarfing up vertical space with these ribbon interfaces. Lots of pixels left to right is nice, but I'll take my 1400x1050 over a 1600x900 any day. A 768-pixel-deep display is ok on a really small laptop where you're willing to sacrifice convenience for portability. Otherwise, it's far too shallow.

   
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The monitor on my main desktop is 4:3, 1600x1200, and I like it far better than any widescreen I've seen.
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Will this be your only computer? I could use my laptop with an external monitor, but I notice you think you'll be mostly at your desk. In fact I *never* use the laptop at a desk. The great thing about a laptop is that you can sit in the most comfy chair in your house and work with your feet up and not imprisoned in your computer room.

I'm surprised more people have not brought this up.
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