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The term "widescreen" is one of the most notoriously confusing monikers (this side of Full HD) used to describe a display's specifications. Widescreen generally translates to a 16:10 aspect ratio when discussing computer LCDs (monitors or laptop displays) or 16:9 if your talking about the living room TV. Of course, it can also refer to the 2.35:1 ratio often used for films or something entirely different if you're Apple touting the wonders of your new widescreen iPhone. Fortunately, we're trending towards at least some convergence around the 16:9 aspect. DisplaySearch predicts that by 2010, 16:9 panels will make up 90% of new laptop displays and 67% of new monitors. Acer has been at the forefront of this transition with products like its Gemstone Blue laptops and the Acer P224W monitor pictured above. The move is being driven by panel manufacturers' desire to maximize production efficiency -- something they should have realized before the glass sizes diverged in the first place. Regardless, the end result should be more pennies saved by you, Joe Consumer, and that's a good thing.
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I would have to say Dynamic Contrast Ratio is more confusing to consumers.

16:9 is probably the better ratio anyways.... you can have two spreadsheets fit next to each other plus a sidebar. (16:10 is better for just two spreadsheets fitting.)
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I would have to say Dynamic Contrast Ratio is more confusing to consumers.

16:9 is probably the better ratio anyways.... you can have two spreadsheets fit next to each other plus a sidebar. (16:10 is better for just two spreadsheets fitting.)
That may be true, but your losing vertical pixels and height space.
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2010 is probably about the time I'd consider upgrading this 22", 16:10 model, so sounds good to me. Doesn't really make sense to have games at 16:10 and video at 16:9 anyways being that more and more people use their displays for both.
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That may be true, but your losing vertical pixels and height space.
Not really "losing" anything.... get a bigger screen and nothing is "lost". However, viewable area is about the same but usability and compatibility is increased.
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Usability is not increased...

Typing in word, reading web pages/PDFs/emails, and coding is all going to be harder, which is what typical user spends most of his time doing.

Only movies/games will benefit from this move.
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Usability is not increased...

Typing in word, reading web pages/PDFs/emails, and coding is all going to be harder, which is what typical user spends most of his time doing.

Only movies/games will benefit from this move.

Have multiple workspace/applications open.

Coding won't be affected that much since there are so many windows/toolbars open at once.
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Usability is not increased...

Typing in word, reading web pages/PDFs/emails, and coding is all going to be harder, which is what typical user spends most of his time doing.

Only movies/games will benefit from this move.

Reading web pages and typing on my 4:3 monitor at work does not seem like that much of a chore after using my 16:10 monitor at home. I really don't even notice it. Recording 16:9 home movies on my HD camera and then watching/editing them on my 16:10 monitor is annoying.
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I like how wide my monitor is, little weird when i see video's that leave 2 black bars on the side of my screen but it is plenty bearable.
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Mmf, I don't think I'll like this much. 16:10 is perfect IMO. 16:9 is just so thin.. :\\
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