Widescreen Laptops

Written by James McLean
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There is good news and bad news for folks looking to get into widescreen laptops. The good news is that the best on the market today boast refresh rates on the order of 50ms or less, blazing video cards and gorgeous full-screen playback. The bad news is that most manufacturers won't even tell you their benchmarks when they sell the items.

Thankfully there are a variety of resources available to computer users who want to know what they're getting in a widescreen. From low-quality SVGA all the way up to the highest UXGA+ screens, you can check out the specs at any number of dedicated testing sites. That means you can be sure you're getting a widescreen laptop that looks as impressive open as it does closed.

Size v. Resolution

Put a magnifying glass in front of the screen you're now using and you may begin to get a sense of the difference between size and resolution. If the pixels get larger as the screen does, you aren't getting much bang for your buck. In fact, mostly what you are doing is looking at the same screen you've always owned, just closer.

Pixel size matters, as do contrast ratio and separation. All these statistics influence the sharpness of the screen, its maximum resolution and how fast it can change colors to keep up with the very latest action DVDs played full-screen. If you want a widescreen laptop that actually gives you more light, clarity and picture for your dollar, you may want to look at the smaller manufacturers for the best of the best.


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