Most of the new models, Extra-Brite or True-Brite etc are all very bright screen .. so I guess the only way you can deal with them is just to make the screen dimmer. Just by making the screen dimmer should not change your resolution. You might want to find out why that is happening.
I myself am on the verge of buying a laptop and I was looking into sony FS series .. but it may be just a little bit more expensive for me and I was thinking about going with Toshiba M45-S331 .. lets see where my fate leads me to :o)
Got it last night and been working since then with some sleep and a breakfast in between. I was pleased with the ability to pull 200 page documents and do lookups and mods. Also, the internet surfing is much quicker - thanks to 1GB main memory
But boy do I have a headache ...
The display is just way too sharp for me. It looked good on the store shelf, but working for it for an
extended period of time is looking problematic.
I adjusted the brightness and that was some relief. But when trying to take the resolution down, it just reduces the screen area. So I am working at 1280x768
I have a couple of other laptops at home including an ancient Dell and a Toshiba M35X of the Celeron variety. The resolution on the Toshiba is 1024x768 and its much easier on the eyes. The Toshiba also has more screen area (though it is also a 15.4 W)
The Vaio keyboard is also a little slippery, but that may be a matter of getting used to.
The question is: If I want a Pentium-M or Pentium-4
platform, am I stuck with such high res screens. I need to work on CPU/Memory intensive tasks for extended periods of time, but cannot handle this level of eye strain.
Will appreciate your advice