Question about Screen Resolution Capability

I'm getting ready to buy a new laptop and I'm concerned slightly about the screen or graphics.

I currently have a Sony Vaio SVE14A35CXH that has a 1600 X 900 resolution which supposedly is one of it's best features. I have it hooked up to an external monitor ASUS VS228 set to a resolution of 1920 X 1080, and it works perfectly.

I bought a new monitor @ a year ago and there was something about the monitor and the Sony laptop that didn't match up. I had to go back to the old monitor.

So now I am cautious about buying a new laptop? Is a new laptop not going to be able to connect with the 22 inch external? Am I going to have to buy a new monitor just because I bought a new laptop?

What am I supposed to be looking at in the the new laptop? For example, are cheaper laptops not capable of connecting to a 22 inch monitor? Do I have to buy a expensive laptop with superior specifications just because I intend to have an external monitor?

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Clarification Request
How conversant and familiar are you with.....

I've yet to find this to be a problem UNLESS folks are MIRRORING the laptop screen. If you do that the only good match is the same pixel count as the laptop screen.

Here I've been using a second monitor for decades. But I know not to mirror but to extend.

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I do know about extending the screen and mirroring and those variables. There was something else going on in the situation I had.

I guess I will try to hope that it was an isolated incident and try not to worry about the next laptop and my current screen.

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