15.4" AND (WXGA OR WUXGA OR WSXGA)
Which Dell laptop display is best for working with text (source-code) all day.
too many options, too little time
I am in the process of choosing a new laptop at the moment and I think I am going to go with a Thinkpad in the end because I can actually go to the dealer and try one out.
I have an Inspiron 500m with SXGA and love it for coding.
Also make sure it is running WinXP with ClearType turned on.
I just got rid of my Dell with 1400 x 1050 display mainly because it just wasn't very nice to use all day long. My next laptop will probably be 1024 x 768 or maybe 1280 x 800.
I have an old Insprion 8200 with the UXGA 1600x1200 with wide viewing angle. I bought it that size specifically for running Visual Studio. The trick I find with the source code is to pick a larger font size (in fact I set the global one in the display settings to 110dpi) which gives you more pixels per character. Combined with a cleartype (don't forget to tune the gamma setting) it has fantastically readable text.
I have the Inspiron 8500 and got the mid-level screen (~1650x1050) - it came with 120 dpi set and text looked great, but all the graphics in XP are scaled and looked terrible (IE scales all web graphics too). So I had to turn it back down to 96dpi - which isn't too bad, but a little small. If you don't like small type - go with the lowest resolution one - (1440x1050 ???) The PowerBooks use this resolution too FYI.
Based on the specs from dells website:
Correction above, replace 157 with 147
I have a 15" SXGA+ screen (1400x1050), and by that calculator, I'm pretty close to the 120 DPI mode that Windows calls "Large Fonts".
Brad Wilson (dotnetguy.techieswithcats.com)
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