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FHD (1920x1080) or HD+ (1600x900) for a 14" laptop
      #46400 - 05/04/14 09:10 AM

Hello, I'm about to purchase a 14" laptop (a ThinkPad T440s). I'm having difficulty deciding which screen resolution to choose (1920x1080 or 1600x900).

I exclusively use Windows desktop applications, and a number of my applications are older applications that I won't be upgrading either because the cost to do so is too high (e.g. in the case of Adobe Illustrator) or because development has ceased on some niche applications that I use and there are no equivalent applications to switch to.

I've heard that high resolution screens on laptops can create problems with Windows desktop applications (particularly older ones) with the elements and text either appearing too small when run at native resolution with no scaling, or the UI not scaling properly with the Windows display scaling settings.

However, I've mainly seen this problem described in the context of 13.3" 3200x1800 screens (e.g. Lenovo Yoga Pro 2) or smaller 1920x1080 screens. So I don't know how much of a problem it would be with a 1920x1080 resolution on a 14" display.

I have looked at some 14" 1920x1080 displays in store and the size of the elements look ok to me, but I have not been able to check what my old applications will look like on these displays.

Is anyone able to give any advice?

Thanks


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Re: FHD (1920x1080) or HD+ (1600x900) for a 14" laptop [Re: ozaz]
      #46401 - 05/04/14 08:19 PM

In part it depends on your eyesight and what you're accustomed to. I find full HD just fine on a 14" display and even a 13.3" display, though some folks find 13.3" FHD a bit small. 1600 x 900 is pretty easy on the eyes. But full HD doesn't create the scaling headaches that those 3200 x 1800 and 2560 x 1440 displays do.

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Re: FHD (1920x1080) or HD+ (1600x900) for a 14" laptop [Re: LisaG]
      #46416 - 05/07/14 04:04 AM

Thanks for the reply. I think my eyesight is fairly good. On my 12.5" 1366x768 and my 23" 1920x1080 screen I set the scaling and size of desktop items to be as small as possible.

What scaling setting do you use on 13.3-14" FHD screens? The scaling setting is something I forgot to try in store so I guess I just viewed the screen at the default setting, whatever that is.

When you say FHD does not create the scaling headaches of higher res displays is there some technical reason for this (perhaps older applications all perfectly scale up to FHD resolutions) or is it because in spite of the same issues being present at FHD they are negligible at this resolution?


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Re: FHD (1920x1080) or HD+ (1600x900) for a 14" laptop [Re: ozaz]
      #46423 - 05/08/14 10:54 PM

I use 100% (or no special scaling) on 12.5" and larger laptops with full HD displays. I too like things sharp and small, and appreciate the additional screen real estate vs. 1366 x 768. In general, Windows programs are designed to work well up to to FHD, since that's been the highest common resolution for the past few years. That's why they don't need help in terms of scaling correction on FHD displays.

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