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1600x900 vs 1020x1080

by SHIROIRAKUEN / February 12, 2013 10:32 PM PST

Hi all. Gonna prob buy a gaming laptop. Already know which one thx. But I have a few questions I would like to resolve before buying it. One of them is :

Is it true that for laptop screens, it doesn't make a big difference to have 1020x1080 resolution instead of the regular 1600x900. Is this true?

My screen is going to be 17.3 inches.

PS : Sorry for n00b question :\ If I do buy it with the 1080p option, will I be able to change to 1600x900 at any point by simply going to the resolution menu?


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One of YOUR CHOICE areas.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 12, 2013 10:38 PM PST
In reply to: 1600x900 vs 1020x1080

I've yet to find anyone change it later due to the cost involved.

As to the 17 inch screen, I take this is not going to travel much? Big screens sound nice until folk discover they don't travel well.

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Your numbers are off
by ChuckT / February 13, 2013 3:53 AM PST
In reply to: 1600x900 vs 1020x1080

Your numbers are off, I doubt there are any 1020x1080 screens out there. That is a nearly square screen, in fact you have a width smaller than the height. (Assuming you are listing the WxH, as you have with the other, 1600x900 resolution).
You may have meant 1920x1080.

I am also going to assume that these are both the native resolutions of either laptop. (Native is where that is the fixed numbers of the display pixels). If you are considering using the Windows adjustment to change one to the other, I don't recommend that. For one thing adjusting the screen resolution, via some control, may not be allowed within the gaming program. And even if you can change the display resolution, any resolution not the native resolution will result in a less than perfectly clear image. At least, not as clear as can be done with that screen.

The aspect ratio of both (1920x1080, and 1600x900) are the same, at 16:9.
The number of pixels to move around the higher resolution (1920x1080) is about 33% more than the number of pixels on the 1600x900. Having more pixels to "push around" can slow down some display rates. But that also depends upon the hardware and the drivers. Since you are saying this is going to be a gaming laptop, you may care about how fast the screen display is.

Being a laptop, you will have little chance to upgrade the video hardware (not impossible, depends upon the manufacturer... read that as can be very expensive). You will have times where you can upgrade the video driver, and while most video updates usually are made to improve the video performance (usually), but sometimes an updated driver might slow the performance down too. That might happen to resolve some reliability issues.

I'd say, if you like the lower resolution 1600x900 display, go with that.

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