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Are widescreen laptops a good thing?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ic198, Feb 1, 2005.

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  1. ic198

    ic198 Thread Starter

    Dec 9, 2004
    I am looking to buy a laptop and have found one with the spec I want for a price I can afford- an Acer Aspire 1362WLMi. However, it comes with a 15.4" WXGA screen. I realise this is great for watching DVDs but are they so useful for everything else? I guess most Windows-based programmes adapt readily, but how about games, particularly older ones? Do you end up with black strips down either side of the game-playing area or does a part of the viewable area get cut off, possibly obscuring important controls?

    If anyone has any experience of WXGA, positive or negative, I would be glad to hear it.

    Thanks in advance
  2. Arcadion


    Sep 1, 2004
    A bit off-topic I know, but I would not recommend buying an Acer laptop, they're the cheapest around and the poorest quality. A customer brought in an Acer Aspire with a huge 17" screen that had faulty RAM, it was brand new. Toshiba and IBM make the best quality laptops, HP/Compaq aren't too bad either. As for widescreen, Windows programs will all work fine but as for older games, that depends on the laptop, some will stretch the display to fit and others won't. Personally I think wide screens are great.
  3. winbob


    Aug 2, 2004

    I just bought an HP with a 15" WXGA screen. I thought the 17" was overboard. It looks fine for web browsing, and using this Forum.

    For Video viewing it is superb.

    My actual concern was the "Bright Screen", and reflections. THis is not a problem when there is anything on the screen. A dark screen is like a mirror.
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