Quote:Taste is a factor, but that isn't all of it. It's not like some 50/50 thing where for half of people 1366x768 is better and for the other half 1920x1080 is better. Not that you're portraying it like that, but I've known many people who do attempt to portray the issue as if 15.6" 1366x768 and 15.6" 1920x1080 are "equally good" options-- which isn't true.
1366x768 screen is not "a problem", but it's little low for 15.6" screen. However, it's a matter of taste + in this resolution, your games will run faster and you'll be able to use higher settings and filters (although personally I'd prefer higher resolution).
An important issue other than the resolution difference itself is quality: 15.6" 1366x768 displays, like many low-end laptop displays, tend to have very poor image quality due to low contrast. But on the contrary, most 15.6" 1920x1080 displays tend to have excellent contrast. They're two completely different classes of displays. There are exceptions to this, but the majority of 15.6" 1366x768 and 1920x1080 displays support this theory.
And the fairly common notion that you should choose a lower resolution in order to improve game performance is a myth, and is one of the worst misconceptions in computer purchasing. Game performance should not be a reason to choose a 15.6" 1366x768 display instead of a 15.6" 1920x1080 display. For one thing, you can always make up for drops in performance associated with higher resolutions by lowering to a non-native resolution, but you cannot as easily make up for the limits imposed on multitasking by a lower resolution. In addition, despite the fact that running in a non-native resolution causes blur, games will still tend to look better running in a non-native resolution on a 15.6" 1920x1080 display than they would look running in native resolution on a 15.6" 1366x768 display, because of the sheer difference between the image quality that typically exists between these two types of displays.
The same thing applies between 17.3" 1600x900 and 17.3" 1920x1080 displays.
For $693, you can get the HP DV6z-7000 with the Radeon 7730M and the 1920x1080 display. This is one of the best values available for under $800 that will allow you to get a decent GPU and a decent display.
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- Don't downgrade the GPU to Integrated graphics if game performance is important to you.
- Don't downgrade the display to 1366x768 for reasons unrelated to eyesight. The HP DV6 generally should not be bought in any configuration that includes the default 1366x768 display. 1366x768 resolution in a 15.6" display makes things onscreen large, and 15.6" displays that have 1366x768 resolution tend to have very poor image quality due to low contrast.
- Some worthwhile upgrades: Larger or faster HDD, Backlit keyboard.
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