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what happened to portable / luggable / ultra-large?

by MuleHeadJoe / December 6, 2010 8:21 AM PST

A few years back, HP came out with a 20-something inch "laptop" ... and then IIRC Dell struck back with their own 24 inch "portable" computer. I immediately began to lust after those (and similar from other manufacturers) devices, but at the time they were way hecka out of my price range.

Now I can afford one (based on their price of 3 or 5 years ago) but they don't seem to exist any longer as far as I can see.

Does anybody know of any current large-screen (greater than 20 inches diagonal) "laptop" computers?

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The way of the Hummer?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 6, 2010 8:53 AM PST

Today you can find 18.4 inch displays. Start with the Toshiba i3 powered P500 line.

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Figures ...
by MuleHeadJoe / December 6, 2010 9:08 AM PST
In reply to: The way of the Hummer?

I finally achieve the middle class just to find they've raised the bar again.

I know the 22" HP and 24" Dell were not actually laptops; portable computer is the best description really, but surely someone could make something similar in scope but cheaper and lighter nowadays?!?!

But seriously ... HP was offering several 18+ inch models earlier this year, now all they have are 17's. I'm getting older, my eyesight ain't getting any sharper ... I've really gotten used to the 24" monitor attached to my home (desktop) pc, and I seriously wish I could get an ultra-large-display portable. Does HP read these forums? If so, I'm talkin bout you, y'hear? Wink

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At that size we have
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 6, 2010 9:20 AM PST
In reply to: Figures ...

Those all in one models and we have the FINE APPLE iMACs.

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Apple? They make computers too?
by MuleHeadJoe / December 6, 2010 11:31 AM PST
In reply to: At that size we have
Wink ... but seriously tho ... you're looking at about 2 Grand for a Mac Book with the same size and performance characteristics as a $800 name-brand winders laptop. And I don't use my pc for movies or do video editing, so the much vaunted superiority of the Mac in those particulars just doesn't come into consideration for me. Macs don't do spreadsheets any better than Windows, nor the interwebs, nor any PC game. I'd gladly take a Mac if it were given to me gratis, but I won't pay the extraordinary 'Apple Tax' just to be 'Apple Cool'.
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Sorry but we are not.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / December 6, 2010 12:13 PM PST

If you count all your time lost scanning for malware, viruses and more rather than using the machine you come to admire that it's actually a great value.

That's no tax. It's a dividend.


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They were all actually 20" laptops.
by orlbuckeye / December 6, 2010 10:48 PM PST

I have an Acer 9810 with a 20" screen and I love it. Hp even sold a case for which I purchased. What happened with those laptops is wide screen display took over the market. You can find the HP 20" HDX on ebay do a google search if interested. The resolution went for 1920 x 1280 to 1920 x 1080 to comform to the high definiton displays in resolution and aspect ratios from 16 x 10 to 16 x 9. When i look at a video today i use VLC because it allows me to do full screen which actually doesn't do full screen but when i change VLC to aspect ratio 16 x 10 the video goes full screen.

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