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Laptops with better than 1280x800 displays?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by Genso, Sep 20, 2008.

  1. Genso

    Genso Millennium Member

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    I've noticed that virtually all laptops sold in the retail stores have crappy 1280x800 resolution displays. Any suggestions on models that have better displays? I miss the days when screen real estate meant something. It seems now if it is "wide screen," that is all that matters. Give me a 1600x1200 or 1440x1050 old school lappy any day over this current junk.
    Enough complaining... I'd like to find a laptop less than a $1000 with a better display, if it exists.
     
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    Genso Millennium Member

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    Oh yeah, I'm not looking for a Mac. Nice stuff, just not my style. I'd be using Linux anyway.
     

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    You can get a Dell Vostro 1510 with 1440x900 or 1920 x 1200 screens.

    I have the previous version Vostro 1500 with a 1680x1050 TruLife screen, and I'm happy with it.
     
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    There are some HP's like the 17" model that you can get higher resolution if you customize it from HP when ordering it. I had a sony years ago that had 1250x1050 or something like that and it was nice.
     
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    +1 on that. I have the Vostro 1500 with 1440x900 and the NVidia 8600M GT graphics card. It runs all the games I have tried (Call of Duty 4, Oblivion etc) without a problem. The image quality is exceptional. I got a screaming deal on mine last January. T7500 2.2GHz Core 2 Duo processor, 2GB Ram, 160 GB HD, NVidia GPU, BlueTooth plus a spare battery for $844 including delivery and tax.

    My wife liked it so much I ended up getting her the exact same laptop.

    They have both been flawless so far. The only thing we use our tower PC for is as a print server.
     
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    BTW everybody, I bought a Lenovo SL500 Thinkpad with a 1680x1050 screen and NVidea 9300M graphics chipset. Thanks for all the advice. The screen is very nice. :)
     
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    I have found that generally speaking, when people want a laptop they want something that is portable. Screen dimensions above 1280x800 usually necessitate a bigger-sized laptop, to the point where it becomes unwieldy for most people to carry around, hence the larger laptops being marketed as "desktop replacements." Like you I also felt constrained by my 1280 screen (the compiz cube in Linux helped with that a little), so I eventually got a 1680x1050 monitor and a desktop, and now all is well :supergrin: