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Screen size vs screen resolution

Postby robbo » 19 Sep 2012, 13:46

Hi guys, quick question.

There any good sites that showcase the difference between screen sizes and screen resolutions? Or how to work out what will look larger/smaller natively?

I ask as am looking into getting a new laptop for my mum and was wondering if a low res 15" screen would have natively larger texts and icons than a higher res 17" screen. Haven't been given specs of the laptops my sister is looking up at the mo but if you guys know any rules of thumb then that would be great. Looking for larger native text/icon size = better.
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Re: Screen size vs screen resolution

Postby matt » 19 Sep 2012, 14:11

windows 7 has a way of making text / icons larger - might be a compromise?

-> Control Panel\Appearance and Personalization\Display
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Re: Screen size vs screen resolution

Postby robbo » 19 Sep 2012, 18:33

Have tried that before (although not on W7) but have always found it a little hit and miss with some things larger and others still normal size so have the feeling that a larger native (lower res) size would be preferable. Could give it a go on my machine to see how well it works I suppose.
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Re: Screen size vs screen resolution

Postby matt » 19 Sep 2012, 23:21

any particular reason for the concern? Does she have bad vision or just not too familiar with pc's?

Just wondering as my mum uses reading glasses and has no problem with a 1600*1080? 20" dell monitor or a 13" macbook forget what it is 1200*800?
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Re: Screen size vs screen resolution

Postby robbo » 19 Sep 2012, 23:56

She doesn't have that bad a vision - just likes clear to read stuff which to her means fairly large text etc compared to what I like.

She's using my old Peg 335 with a 13" screen at the mo which I think is 1200*800 res but likes to ramp up the text size when using msn (which means it also sends large) and adds a bit of zoom when browsing so just looking for an all-round 'larger font size' that might come with a lower res plus larger screen size. She hates how everything looks so small on my 14" 1600x900.

I think I've seen advertised a 1368x768 screen res in a 17" screen which to me would be appalling but to her it might be fine. I think most 17"ers have 1600x900 now so really wondering how native size would differ on a 15" 1368x768 compared to a 17" 1600x900.

Suppose I should pop to PC World or similar at the weekend for a viewing. And also find out if she thinks a 17" machine would be too large...
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Re: Screen size vs screen resolution

Postby Johnmcl7 » 23 Sep 2012, 15:36

I guess what you're looking for is the pixel density, 1366x768 on a 15in screen is a pixel density of 105 whereas a 1600x900 resolution on a 17in screen is slightly higher at 107.

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Re: Screen size vs screen resolution

Postby robbo » 23 Sep 2012, 19:56

Awesome John, cheers. As there's not much difference I guess it'll depend on what size machine she'll be more comfortable with.
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Re: Screen size vs screen resolution

Postby robbo » 25 Sep 2012, 14:32

In the end, my sister went for an i3 15" 1366x768 HP with student start up kit. Doesn't look too shabby and comes with a printer, wireless mouse, sleeve, 2 year warranty, 20% off + topcashback for ~£360!

http://h20386.www2.hp.com/UKStore/Merch ... NB&lay=uk#

Now to see if our mum likes it...

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