Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 21st Feb 2013 20:48 UTC
Google It's turning out to be a bit of a crazy week for cool new products, isn't it? We already got Ubuntu Touch Preview for phones and tablets, then we got the new PlayStation 4 yesterday, and today Google surprised us all by launching the Chromebook Pixel. Google's first laptop appears to be a stunning machine - just don't ask who the hell it's for.
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RE[2]: 3:2 screen
by mistersoft on Fri 22nd Feb 2013 12:51 UTC in reply to "RE: 3:2 screen"
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I think the answer is there is certainly a market for 4:3 16:9 AND (probably)21:9/18:9 laptops ..same as for TVs and projectors

...but with 16:9 being the biggest market as it's the best compromise for most consumers -with an appetite for 16:9 film&TV content.

I think 4:3 is probably the best ratio for a productivity laptop though. And I strictly mean productivity in MY case where I need to read a lot of research papers and work with a lot spreadsheet data.

and thereby length, for once, is more important than girth.. ..I mean width.. sorry.

video professionals I'm presuming will want the nearest to their native ratio.

and web developers.. well, their a funny crowd, I can't call that one. I personally hate scrolling down more than I 'need to' on 16:9 displays..

If I'd a choice I'd almost go for a 16" or 17" (diagonal) 1:1 square-screened laptop.
But I'm strange.

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RE[3]: 3:2 screen
by kurkosdr on Fri 22nd Feb 2013 15:30 in reply to "RE[2]: 3:2 screen"
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AND (probably)21:9/18:9 laptops

There isn't a market for 21:9 (or 18:9), just an ultra-small niche (as Philips found out after they failed to push their 21:9 TVs in significant quantities). Photos and 4:3 content look awful in 21:9. You know how it goes, photos and 4:3 on a 16:9 screen is tolerable, but photos and 4:3 on 21:9 is ridiculous.

Essentially, with 4:3, 16:9 and 21:9 content being all in the daily menu of most users (where "content" means movies and photos), 16:9 is the safest choice for consumer hardware, because it sits somewhere in the middle, so black bars (horizontal of vertical) will never be too thick.

Of course, if you want hardware for productivity, good luck finding a 4:3 laptop. A niche market for this Chromebook Pixel? (after you install a real OS in it of course)

Well, maybe it's hackable and we can run Linux-proper

Clearly this is a high end laptop for people who want to put linux on their machines. That's really the only point I see for it.

Thought about that too, then I saw the Intel GPU. Intel GPUs have notoriously terrible Linux drivers (not that the Windows ones are a pinnacle of software quality, but at least they mostly work). In fact, THE most interesting thing about this laptop is the drivers Google will use to drive the GPU. Remember, this is an integrated product, so Google cannot say "sorry for the bugs, tee hee", so it will be interesting to see how they plan to work around the problem that is the Intel GPU. They could turn off the acceleraton, but there is Web GL stuff they need to support. And H.264 acceleration.

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RE[4]: 3:2 screen
by j-kidd on Fri 22nd Feb 2013 23:59 in reply to "RE[3]: 3:2 screen"
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Intel GPUs have notoriously terrible Linux drivers

It has been getting better and better ever since Chris Wilson started working on it ~3 years ago. He is the guy who almost single-handedly makes Intel GPUs viable on Linux:

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RE[3]: 3:2 screen
by re_re on Fri 22nd Feb 2013 20:08 in reply to "RE[2]: 3:2 screen"
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I personally only use a laptop when I need to and am willing to compromise on the screen. I tend to use a desktop as much as possible. I like a wide screen for my desktop computers, but for productivity dual monitors is the way to go imo.

All of that having been said. I don't have to use my laptop all that much so it's a little easier to compromise on the screen size/resolution.

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