I hate 1920 x 1080 in laptops
I'm really perturbed by the pervasiveness of the resolution 1920 x 1080. It's everywhere in computing and often thrown like it's a great thing to have. My problems with the resolution is:
- The 16:9 aspect ratio is a great compromise for the HDTV and other video media but arguably too wide for laptops unless viewing video is a high priority. To be fair, this is a big thing for many.
- It's particularly bad on popular 13"-14" laptops. The resolution is too high for 1:1 pixel mapping, making things look too small on the default Windows setting but it's too low to have resample different resolutions ala Macbook Pro Retinas where even the non native resolutions look good, albeit with performance penalty.
- There are many who believe having a 1920 x 1080 is a good thing for video because it's 1:1 with video content. In practice it's not. Video contents upscale really well and there's no visible advantage of having the exact number of pixels.
Things are looking up slightly since the new 3200 x 1800 panel is much better despite its 16:9 ratio. The pixel density is finally high enough to make things look good in non-native resolutions, theoretically at least, and the interger-native (yes I made it up) resolution of 1600 x 900 doesn't require as much eye squinting as 1920x1080 does. But the laptops with them are still expensive and Microsoft and the developers haven't truly taken advantage of the higher resolution in the desktop mode yet.
However I'm afraid that instead of going all the way to a much higher resolution from the current panels, manufacturers will begin to use 1920x1080 since it's cheaper and makes for a great marketing slogan, "1080p HD". I'll be a sad panda when the market is flooded with 1080 HD everywhere and reviews praise the 1080 laptops.