But a laptop is more than just a video playback machine. For myself and millions of others, it’s the primary tool for earning a living. We use these machines to read, write, remember, create, connect, and communicate. And in most of these other applications, a 16:9 screen of 13 to 15 inches in size just feels like a poor fit.
As long as I can easily open more than one document side by side, any aspect ratio gets my blessing. I don’t mind black bars on video, especially since today’s screens have pretty good black levels, so they’re hardly distracting. Still, I’m glad more and more laptop makers are starting to see the benefit in 3:2-like displays.
Considering some laptops has become stupidly powerful not to even consider regular desktop as viable alternative (have to buy separate keyboard, mouse, inverter, screen, speakers, webcam, card reader, etc) the only drawback is multiple screen support. You still have to have a dock and some additional screens somewhere to drop by for real office usage.
Now take into account Project Valerie or Slidenjoy, and you have to take my money. Deploy only one screen in confined space (train, bar, …) or the three of them when enough space around (office, beach, …) and get your shit done comfortably (1- data sheet, 2- code, 3- debug). Just to say…
To be honest, I’m not going to buy another laptop that is only 15 inches. I have taken my 17 inch Sager on airplanes, across the country, and I don’t think there are serious portability issues. I put it in a backpack, and I’m good to go.
> I don’t mind black bars on video, especially since today’s screens have pretty good black levels, so they’re hardly distracting.
Unfortunately for you and I, normies are idiots who will in fact complain about the black bars.