The move from traditional 16:10 laptop displays to 16:9 ones that mirror HDTV screens is shift that's here to stay, judging by the mini-flood of new 18-inch and 16-inch systems that have crossed our desk. What's a little odder is that we've also run into a couple of systems that have 15-inch 16:9 displays (making them 15.6-inches, diagonally, to be precise).
This is a good illustration of how to be a smart laptop comparison shopper, because one of these two 15-inch 16:9 laptops is a much better deal than the other (and both are part of our ).
Meanwhile, the other 15-inch 16:9 we reviewed, the
Paying less and getting more is always a win for consumers, but this example is for illustrative purposes only. In the short time since we published these two reviews, the Acer has been sold out at retail stores, and, more interestingly, Best Buy is suddenly offering a deep discount on the HP G60, knocking it down from $729 to a more reasonable $549, saving you $180.