Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 17th Dec 2011 00:17 UTC
Apple Apple makes the best consumer laptops. For me, there's absolutely no denying that this is the case. Apple has had this lead over the competition since the iBook G3 Dual USB 12.1" and 14", and has never lost it. Right now, the rumour mill is abuzz about Apple supposedly prepping to launch a MacBook Pro with a retina display - 2880x1800.
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I can't believe the sad state of laptop displays out on the market.

If the laptop is less than $600 you can bet the display will be along the lines of 1368x768 - if that! That includes 15.4 and even some larger ones. It's pathetic!

Over 3 years ago I got a Lenovo T61p with a 1920x1200 display (or was it 1920x1250? I don't remember for sure) in a 15.4 inch screen. It's a great laptop. I still have it and use it for some special projects.

Recently I had the opportunity to upgrade laptops and I wanted another 1920x1200 display in a 15" form factor. After looking the _only_ 1920x1200 laptop I found was the 17" MacBook Pro.

I was looking at primarily Lenovo and Dell, at their business grade machines; I've had good success with them, especially longevity. Others, including HP/Compaq tend to put even more bloatware/crap than Dell or Lenovo, and/or the machines didn't last as long. I wanted something that had a good likelihood of lasting more than 3 years. For example, somewhere I still have a Dell D505 laptop that works (other than intermitent color issues). I don't even know how old that machine is. ;)

In the end, after looking at all the options, I ended up going with a 15" MacBook Pro with the 1680x1050 anti-glare screen. It was just about the best screen I could get on a laptop. The 17" would have just been too big for portability.

Sure I found some 1920x1050 displays in several 15" laptops, at premium prices, but nothing that was as comparable to the overall hardware package in the MacBook Pro. To be fair, the Lenovo options were pretty compelling, but after I specced out a system the way I wanted, it was more than I paid for the MacBook Pro. [I waited for Apple to release the newer CPU speed-bumps and lower the prices on the refurbished laptops; I saved about $600. If it weren't for that, the Lenovo would have been cheaper.]

I find it really sad that my 3 year old Thinkpad seems to have been the zenith in laptop screen displays. And I find it even worse that in the interest of getting "wide screen" monitors on laptops the screen resolution has gone down hill so bad. It used to be fairly easy to get 1280x1024 screens - now it's 1024x600, 1280x768, etc. The vertical resolution has dropped, and the horizontal has just barely been bumped. Unless you spend serious money.

It will be interesting to see what Apple does here. I hope that they release some new higher density laptops. Especially in the 13" form factor. I almost went with a MacBook Air 13" just for the higher resolution screen. In the end I wanted the power and performance I could only get in the MBP line.

Edited 2011-12-17 08:00 UTC

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