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Marco C Posted: Tue, Dec 2 2008 9:42 PM

OK everyone, I have another question from the Toshiba Laptop Experts website that I want your opinion on.  Reader Pliq asked, "Which laptop has the best screen resolution?"

I answered and said, "This is a harder question to answer than you may think. Typically, high-end desktop replacement notebooks with 17″ screens have the highest resolution (usually 1920×1200). But many smaller notebooks with 13.3 - 15.4″ screens have resolutions of 1440×900 or 1680×1050, which produce excellent imagery because the pixel density (pixels per inch) is so high.

Your best bet would be to pick a notebook form factor that works best for your needs, and to then buy the notebook with the highest resolution screen."

What do you all think?  Go for the highest resolution, regardless of size, or consider the mobility factor of the machine and get the best avaialble?  What about getting a lower-resolution screen to keep things easy to read?

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3vi1 replied on Tue, Dec 2 2008 9:49 PM

I think you hit the nail on the head.  It's all about DPI.  Without knowing what form-factor he/she wants, you couldn't have answered any better.

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I agree with choosing form factor first, and a resolution to meet your needs.

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I will third the size / form factor, resolution can be dealt with by the user. if they want a higher resolution they could always look into a PC monitor while they are at home.

I still konw people who use 800x600 but that is another story...lol

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yeah DPI is your best bet. Pick out the size you want then find a good screen. Also Like The Master said A good monitor to plug into at home can't hurt.

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shanewu replied on Wed, Dec 3 2008 11:02 AM

I think one of the best pieces of advice you can give someone who is looking for a new laptop and who isn't familiar with the screen sizes and resolutions is to go to a brick and mortar store to actually check them out. Actually, this is good advice for the form factor part of the equation too.

Take your time, check the size/weight, check the screens/resolutions/glare and figure out what you like the most.

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