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Good resolution for office apps?

by barkal_l / May 12, 2009 9:09 AM PDT

I'm torn between the various resolution options available for 14-16", 5-6Lb. laptops. It seems like the new 16:9 1366x768 is becoming pretty popular, but my concern is whether I will have to do too much scrolling when reading documents and web pages. On the other end, putting 1680x1050 on a 15.4" screen seems like it might be a bit hard on the eyes, or am I wrong? Most of my work is reading PDFs and Word docs, and some use of spreadsheets and such (where I am willing to tolerate some side scrolling if necessary, since I do less of this work).

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Just sharing.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / May 12, 2009 10:31 AM PDT

The bulk of my work is now on 15.4 inch screens at 1280x800. This is a very personal choice and I find display quality to vary quite a bit. Your eyesight and your requirements should make this decision for you and not what others use.

The reason I gifted my 17 inch laptop to my brother was simple. I found it too big to carry around. The weight was fine, just the sheer size was annoying.

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The higher resolution is
by orlbuckeye / May 15, 2009 1:30 AM PDT

better for viewing multiple documents or screens at the same time.

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Good thoughts
by Renegade Knight / May 15, 2009 7:18 AM PDT

Your concerns hit the nail on the head. Smaller rez = bigger icons and such. Easier on the eyes. More scrolling. Higher rez = dinky icons and menu fonts, but more screen real estate.

PDF and word files adjust fairly nicely to screens though so having to choose between the two I'd get higher rez. Vista handles this better than XP so don't be afraid of Vista. You will have more flexablity adjusting your screen settings.

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