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    I am planning to get a NoteBook (I don't have a notebook before in my life). My main concern come to the screen width and resolution.

    I have a desktop 19" LCD Monitor at 1280 x 1024 resolution. The font and icons are so small that I need to increase my DPI to 125% of normal size. Although it is ok for most cases, but some web pages lock the font size with px as units (such as 11px) which will not enlarged even after I change my DPI! My eyes hurt

    I am checking Dell 8600 and the screen is 15.4". I have 3 options on resolution.

    WXGA - 1280 x 800
    WSXGA - 1680 x 1080
    WUXGA - 1920 x 1200

    This is making me crazy for such a high resultion on 15.4"!!!

    How SMALL the TEXT ON SCREEN can BE?!?!?!?! I am working with the net all the time, and I can't imagine how small a 88 x 31 banner will look in a web site at 1920 x 1200 in a 15.4" screen!

    Comments for a notebook newbie PLEASE!

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    yah, I don't understand that either.
    I have a laptop with a standard 1400something resolution, thats too smal too read.
    I lower the resolutions if I really have to read a lot, or even do a little work, but the screen gets a little "blurry" then.

    For other thing the hiress looks great (?)

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    I am guilty of locking the font size, I haven't got around to working out proper em or % sizes for my h1,h2,h3 tags.. so it was easier

    although it is locked at 14 point verdana so it's not tooo bad.

    perhaps a different laptop other than the 8600. Have you seen the gateway m505? very nice starting price and has some better features than the dell 8600 IMO. (centrino, radeon 9600)

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    I use a HP Pavilion ze4547 wm-b with 15" screen and a choice of 1024x768 or 800x600 res. The 800x600 works very nicely for me.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by TCS:


    I use a HP Pavilion ze4547 wm-b with 15" screen and a choice of 1024x768 or 800x600 res. The 800x600 works very nicely for me.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    Just FYI, if you have a "native resolution" of 1024x768 and you bump it down to 800x600, your display will appear blurred to some extent. LCD screens only have one native resolution that they work at, and any other resolution (unless exactly half of the native resolution) will appear blurred.

    Myself, I work on a Dell Latitude C640 running at 1024x768 on a 14" screen. I'd suggest looking at the Dell Latitude D600 series. Nice, nice machines.

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    I have a Dell Inspiron 8600 Notebook (15,4" Widescreen) and use the recommended resolution of 1920x1200.

    I use the resoltion 1280x1024 when I connect the Laptop to regular Monitor.

    It took me a while to get used to it, because I was used to a screen resolution of 1024x768.

    Now I love it.

    Carsten

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    Carsten C, you have a 8600!!! Tell me more about it!!!

    How does that 1920x1200 affect you? How small yahoo.com now looks at in your notebook?!?! How small is the Yahoo LOGO, or even the icons beside the Yahoo LOGO?! Do you have problem viewing websites? Do you need to set the TEXT SIZE in IE to Largest (I am using Smaller)?! What's your DPI settings in display properties (under advace)? Is it normal 100% or 125% or higher?!?!

    I just have so much I want to ASK!

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    I have a Dell Inspiron 8200 15.1" with native resolution of 1600x1200. It's too small for me, so I use 1280x1024 and put up with the blur. I tried setting the DPI setting higher, but there are just too many things that just don't look right that way.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by MichaelColey:
    I tried setting the DPI setting higher, but there are just too many things that just don't look right that way.
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    including my web sites which I use a lot of text at size 11px and 10px , which will not enlarge even if you have higher DPI.

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    I just bought the Inspiron 5100 with a 15inch SXGA screen. The default resolution is 1024x768 and the highest resolution is 1400x1050. 1024x768 is perfect for me, I can view my pages just as my visitors would, anything higher makes reading too too hard.

    One other piece of advice is to buy the laptop with the lowest ammount of memory available. A Dell upgrade to "1024MB 266MHz 2 DIMMS" costs an extra $500. You can order the same ammount of memory at Crucial.com for just $231.98, plus if you buy from your own affiliate link its much cheaper.

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    I just got a Toshiba satellite 2450, when I figure out how to use it I will let you know what I think of it

    I do know the resolution is 1024x 768 though

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Originally posted by JJJay:
    SXGA screen. The default resolution is 1024x768 and the highest resolution is 1400x1050. <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

    I think the screen do go blur on 1024x768 since it is not the native resolution. Hmmm, do native resolution applies to notebooks? Or maybe the technology today is too good and LCD won't go blur even not at native resolution?

    Ok, after a marathon research for me, the best one in my mind now is Tecra S1 Series!

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    yes notebooks have native resolutions, xga, sxga etc all refer to a specific resolution except for the wxga models(depends on screen size)

    lowering the resolution below the native resolution may cause distortion or blurriness.

    if you're really into dvd movies and photo stuff then a high res sxga or higher may be nice to have. if you're a big gamer or just want easy readability then try finding a notebook with xga(1024x768... most laptops don't have the power to run games decently at 1600x1200 uxga etc)

    it also depends on screen size, text on a sxga+ or uxga 16" screen will be easier to read than an sxga+ or uxga 14" or 15" screen

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