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Old 08-27-13, 05:13 PM
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Is 1080p too much for a 15.6" laptop?

I am looking to upgrade my current laptop since its getting pretty old, and I was wondering if 1080p is too much for a 15.6" screen. By that I mean is text really tiny and difficult to read if you don't have the eyesight of a hawk? I know tablets have much smaller screens with much higher resolutions, but you also tend to hold a tablet much closer to your face than you do with a laptop.
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Old 08-27-13, 05:34 PM
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Re: Is 1080p too much for a 15.6" laptop?

I have a 15.6" laptop and it's just fine. You are talking widescreen right? I can't imagine it even being questioned that there would be a problem.

Here's a link to the one I own:

http://www.amazon.com/HP-2000-2b19wm...hp+blue+laptop
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Old 08-27-13, 05:36 PM
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Re: Is 1080p too much for a 15.6" laptop?

Actually, Tablets scale their text size so you don't need to be eagle eyed to read it. You can scale text in Windows as well but I haven't done so in a long time so I can't formally comment, I just know that 1080p on a 15.6" was fine the last time I used it - for me - I didn't try to scale the text up though.
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Old 08-27-13, 05:42 PM
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Re: Is 1080p too much for a 15.6" laptop?

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I have a 15.6" laptop and it's just fine. You are talking widescreen right? I can't imagine it even being questioned that there would be a problem.

Here's a link to the one I own:

http://www.amazon.com/HP-2000-2b19wm...hp+blue+laptop
Yes, I mean widescreen. Do they even make fullscreen anymore?

That link is a 768p laptop, not 1080p.

I questioned it because I know that given the same screen size but two different resolutions, the higher resolution will result in smaller text. The standard 15.6" laptop is 1366x768 resolution, but "gaming" laptops typically come with a 1920x1080 screen.


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Actually, Tablets scale their text size so you don't need to be eagle eyed to read it. You can scale text in Windows as well but I haven't done so in a long time so I can't formally comment, I just know that 1080p on a 15.6" was fine the last time I used it - for me - I didn't try to scale the text up though.
I forgot you can scale the text size. I have never actually used that feature.
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Old 08-27-13, 05:56 PM
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Re: Is 1080p too much for a 15.6" laptop?

Windows scaling kind of sucks; it does the job ok, but you do occasionally run into oddities with some applications running, at least from my experience.

As for whether the resolution is too small, it really depends on your own eyes. I think it will be a bit small at native resolution. Might be worth it to find a store that has a laptop at 1080P that you can check out.
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Old 08-28-13, 05:38 AM
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Re: Is 1080p too much for a 15.6" laptop?

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Might be worth it to find a store that has a laptop at 1080P that you can check out.
The disadvantage of living in a small podunk town is that there isn't a Best Buy or any other electronics store. Wal-Mart is basically the only place around here that displays laptops for public viewing, and I looked there but they don't have any 1080p 15.6" laptops.
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Old 09-03-13, 02:02 PM
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Re: Is 1080p too much for a 15.6" laptop?

1080p is about double the resolution of 766p, so without scaling everything will look half the size on the 1080p screen.

I use this site for TV comparisons mainly, but it also works for monitors/laptop screens:
http://tvcalculator.com/index.html?3...c97c52852c0df9


As for what is "too much," as others have said, it depends on the person. For gaming, you could always hook up the laptop to a larger monitor with better resolution at home (presuming the graphics adapter can handle it), so I wouldn't necessarily max out the laptop screen's resolution.
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Re: Is 1080p too much for a 15.6" laptop?

Unless you have 20/10 vision, I think 1080p in a 15.6" screen is going to be an eyestrain. Really, the minimum I would even entertain for a 1920x1080 display is 24". It is a marketing gimmick to think that all 2 million pixels can be displayed on that 15.6" screen, anyway. Exception may be for Apple's Retina display, with its 300+ PPI density.
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Old 09-03-13, 05:12 PM
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It is a marketing gimmick to think that all 2 million pixels can be displayed on that 15.6" screen, anyway. Exception may be for Apple's Retina display, with its 300+ PPI density.
They can all be displayed, the problem is whether they're discernible to the average viewer.

Apple's MacBook with Retina cheats a bit in that while it has a 2880x1800 resolution, an awful lot of programs display in 1440x900 resolution, with each program pixel effectively taking 4 screen pixels, for effective scaling.
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Old 09-03-13, 05:14 PM
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Re: Is 1080p too much for a 15.6" laptop?

Its not a marketing gimmick at all. Why would you even think that? Of course all 2 million pixels are there. They are just much much smaller.

The iPad retina screen is 260 ppi (double the 130 ppi of the iPad 1 and 2). Its the Google Nexus that has the 300 ppi. There are many tablets with a ppi close to the iPad's retina screen.

There's your marketing gimmick right there, believing that there is something special about the retina or that its the one and only of its kind. The retina just happened to be the first with a screen with that high of a ppi, but others have quickly caught up.

Doing a quick calculation of a 1080p 15.6" screen, it would be about 140 ppi. It would be just above the iPad 1 and 2.
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Old 09-03-13, 05:29 PM
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Re: Is 1080p too much for a 15.6" laptop?

it really isn't difficult to get 1080p on a 15.6" screen, at all. I also don't think it's too small.
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Old 09-04-13, 08:47 PM
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Wow, I stand corrected. I just did the math myself and it does only work out to be ~138 PPI for 1920x1080 on a 15.6" display. I guess I must have bad eyes, but they say my vision is 20/20. I'd still demand 24" or higher for 1080p native display.
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Wow, I stand corrected. I just did the math myself and it does only work out to be ~138 PPI for 1920x1080 on a 15.6" display. I guess I must have bad eyes, but they say my vision is 20/20. I'd still demand 24" or higher for 1080p native display.
It's not just the ppi, but what the OS is designed for, and the distance from the display. Windows was designed for displaying on monitors with ppi of 72.
http://blogs.msdn.com/b/fontblog/arc...08/490490.aspx

Computer monitors are typically viewed from further away than a phone or tablet, so the relative pixel density doesn't have to be as high. Laptop screens are probably typically viewed more closely than a desktop monitor, so they can probably be a bit denser displays, but not too much before everything looks small.

iPhones increased their pixel density by having all graphics and text in the UI become 4x larger, resolution wise; same with iPads and the MacBook Pro.
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Old 09-05-13, 02:33 AM
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Re: Is 1080p too much for a 15.6" laptop?

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Windows was designed for displaying on monitors with ppi of 72.
Really? That seems a bit low.

Doing some calculations, my old 1440x900 19" monitor has a ppi of 89. A 1920x1080 24" monitor has a ppi of 91. So it would seem to average around 90 ppi more or less.

A 1366x768 15.6" laptop has a ppi of 100. A 1600x900 17.3" laptop has a ppi of 106. So most laptops seem to be right around 100 ppi.
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Really? That seems a bit low.
Well, remember that Windows originally came out in the 1980s, when resolutions like 640x480 were the norm. The link i provided gave examples of some 80s display stats.
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Old 09-05-13, 07:04 AM
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Re: Is 1080p too much for a 15.6" laptop?

Well yeah but nobody today still uses those early Window OS's. Modern Windows isn't the same as those, and I can't imagine Windows 7 or 8 are designed around a lowly 72 ppi. Heck Windows 8 is primarily intended for tablets which have much higher ppi.
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Well yeah but nobody today still uses those early Window OS's. Modern Windows isn't the same as those, and I can't imagine Windows 7 or 8 are designed around a lowly 72 ppi.
Well, technically, Windows set its ppi at 96, which made everything a bit bigger on the 72ppi screens (this was intentional). But yes, Windows has been stuck at 96ppi since the 80s. Microsoft has built in a scaling feature since Win95, and Windows 8 and 8.1 featured some enhancements of that for the desktop, but the results aren't great:
http://techreport.com/review/23631/h...h-ppi-displays
http://arstechnica.com/information-t...still-lacking/

This is the problem of an OS that has to support legacy software. For the new Metro (aka "Modern") interface, MS was able to build in effective scaling from the start:
http://www.extremetech.com/computing...for-metro-only
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Re: Is 1080p too much for a 15.6" laptop?

I don't think so that laptop screen depends upon the pixels.
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Old 09-21-17, 08:17 AM
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Re: Is 1080p too much for a 15.6" laptop?

I wonder what link I posted (it no longer exists)? I think I read the original post wrong back in 2013 lol, sorry.
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Re: Is 1080p too much for a 15.6" laptop?

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I wonder what link I posted (it no longer exists)?
Based on the description included in the link (HP-2000-2b19wm-15-6-Inch-Laptop-Winter), it was a link to a HP 2000-2b19WM 15.6" laptop in Winter Blue.

Some still-existing links about that laptop:
https://support.hp.com/us-en/document/c03619178
https://www.cnet.com/products/hp-200...-series/specs/

Based on the specs, that laptop had a 1366x768 resolution display, so not 1080p.
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Lol thanks!! I still have that bad boy - runs good too.
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Re: Is 1080p too much for a 15.6" laptop?

I'd hate having anything less than 1080p
my work laptop is that horrible 13xx by 7xx resolution and I can't stand itMost of the time it's docked and using real monitors so it's ok but then I undock to take it to a meeting and all my windows resize and move around and i have not enough vertical resolution to work with

you can always lower resolution or use zoom functions when reading a lot of text if needed
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Old 10-03-17, 03:10 PM
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Yeah, 1366 x 768 is a super shitty resolution on any screen size, it just isn't enough workable pixels.

I want 4K on a 13.3, but shizz is expensive.
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Re: Is 1080p too much for a 15.6" laptop?

1080p is the sweet spot for me, Windows scaling still isn't very great for a lot of apps that I use so using say... the 3000x2000 resolution of my Surface Book screws with some things. The 1080p on my work Dell XPS 15 is fine.
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