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wide screen format is a ripoff

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I’ve always been saying it: wide screen monitors are a ripoff!! You get less pixels for the same diagonal. Example:

  • 17 inches in a 4:3 format is 34.54cm by 25.91cm = 894.93cm2
  • 17 inches in a 16:9 format is 37.63cm by 21.17cm = 796.63cm2

This is an almost 11% ripoff! I was reminded of this today, when I saw a 19″ LCD that does 1440×900, while my old 17″ does 1280×1024: I actually would have a lower vertical resolution than now!


Written by azimout

20/04/2009 at 21:44

Posted in Opinion

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