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Say Goodbye to 16:10 Notebook Displays

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 7 comments

Apparently PC widescreen displays aren't wide enough

While some computer users are still hanging onto their 4:3 (or even 5:4) LCD displays, the industry made the shift to 16:10 – what we thought to be the computer industry’s version of widescreen.

HDTV’s are all 16:9, but that makes sense for the viewing of TV shows and movies. Computer content, such as webpages, are designed for vertical strolling, making the slightly added vertical resolution of a 16:10 display somewhat more practical.

But throwing practicality aside, the computer industry is already shoving the 16:10 computer displays aside and replacing them with 16:9 versions. Earlier this month, Dell revised its Studio 15 laptop with a 16:9 1366 x 768 screen, ditching the 16:10 options (which came in 1200 x 800 and 1440 x 900). Even HP is going 16:9 with its newest notebook line meant for business users.

According to a Digitimes report, computer makers such as Dell and HP will be dropping the prices of its 16:10 notebooks to clear them out before ushering in new 16:9 models. The price drops are to happen between now and through the third quarter before new models hit in time for the holiday season.

Oddly enough, Digitimes has another story up today reporting that prices for 14.1-inch 16:10 LCD panels are expected to increase in the following months because of short supply caused by manufacturers switching over to 16:9.

With estimates that more than half of all notebook LCD panels will be 16:9 by the end of this year, it might be time to considering jumping into 16:10 before it’s gone like the days of 4:3 and 5:4.

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    Devastator_uk , 30 April 2009 02:17
    Shouldn't 16:10 be called 8:5
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    LePhuronn , 30 April 2009 07:06

    Mathematically yes, but when widescreen TV became the norm and the term "16:9" was commonplace, computer panel manufacturers kept with "16:10" when saying widescreen panels because it sounds similar and Joe Average would probably make the vague association.
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    Anonymous , 30 April 2009 11:27
    It's not that bad... Get printer manufacturers to start using wider paper.
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    Anonymous , 30 April 2009 23:16
    I prefer 16.9 to be honest. I know all the arguments for 16.10 over 16.9, but to me it just feels more comfortable in 16.9. And if it results in some sort of unofficial standard consumer display ratio, and cheaper panels, then all the better.
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    mindpixelview , 1 May 2009 23:15
    Great. Now we have to scroll like mad every time we want to look at a pdf file in A4, because the manifacturers want to screw us with even smaller screens and still want to market them as 15.4 or 17 inch.
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    Devastator_uk , 2 May 2009 00:16
    True, soen we'll have 17" that are 1542:1 ratio
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    letooth , 2 May 2009 02:50
    Looking at this on my 13+ year old Sony Triniton 19"" at 1600x1200 I just wish that we had some choice. Leaving laptops aside - where can you get a 4:3 monitor with a 19+ inch screen that supports a decent resolution without paying (very) silly money. I would like to say it is market demand but it is not true market demand but driven by economies of scale from televisions.