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With panel makers pushing 16:9 ratio panels in 2008, Acer has decided to open up all its notebook product lines to be based on the ratio, while other notebook vendors are readying to push at least 14- and 15.6-inch lines in the third quarter this year. Notebook makers predict the proportion of 16:9 models will increase 10% per quarter during in the second half of 2008.

In addition to 14- and 15.6-inch panels, 17.3-inch, mainly supplied by AUO and LG, and 18.4-inch, supplied by Samsung Electronics, Chi Mei Optoelectronics (CMO) and Chunghwa Picture Tubes (CPT) are also sizes Acer plans to introduce. Meanwhile, most other notebook vendors are still evaluating which of the two larger sizes they will bid on. Currently, Dell and Toshiba are planning 17.3-inch lines while Asustek Computer is also leaning towards this size.
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What are they now? I thought all widescreens were 16:9?
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What are they now? I thought all widescreens were 16:9?
They are 16:10.
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1920x1080 = 1080p at 16:9

1920x1200 = native res for 24" at 16:10
    
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There's no real reason to make a change, but whatever...
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there is every reason to change...

HD TV's run 16:9 , thats what 720i/p and 1080i/p run at. When you play HD content on 16:10 screens (most of wide screen computer monitors) it ether stretches the video stream, or puts small letter boxes on the sides.. I can notice it when i play a true 1080p movie on my 1920 x 1200 monitor... Again,it's noticeable, but not earth shaking...

I'm curious to know who would buy a 18.4" notebooks. I'm using a 14" right now, and i still think its a little to big for a laptop...

One thing i hope will happen with these new screens being pushed, is that there will be a better native resolution options. something like true 720 and 1080 i/p with the 15" notebooks...

i had a 15" alienware with a 1920 x 1200 screen in it, and it kinda sucked. The brightness was not bright at all, and ghosting was an issue. The colors we not so vibrant compared to smaller rez screen...

I hope these new monitors will be brighter, quicker, clearer, than whats currently out there...
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I never understood why they didn't just go with 16:9 in the first place for computer displays.
 
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I never understood why they didn't just go with 16:9 in the first place for computer displays.
16:10 allows for two full A4 pages to be displayed side-by-side (or so I read, so I assume 16:9 is a little short).
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16:10 is also closer in ratio to the "aesthetically pleasing" golden rectangle.

Then there's the fact that there's enough room for full 1080p content to be displayed, albeit with letterboxing.
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I don't like this...

When browsing the web, writing text, and coding, vertical space is all that matters. This is a large part of what I use a laptop for in the first place.

Sure, movies will be better, but is the trade off really worth it?

On a desktop, I'd be OK with that, because you have large screens where even at 16:9 vertical space isn't too limited.
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16:10 was like the gayest pos aspect ratio out there. I have no idea why they did not just stick with 16:9 in the first place. Now, on our nice nifty WS, we have ugly black bars on top and bottom. The fact that most monitors bleed a bit makes it even worse.
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