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May. 10th, 2008

07:35 pm - Dude, where's my pixels?!

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From:surpheon
Date:May 11th, 2008 03:00 pm (UTC)
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The T61P is amazingly heavy. It's my current workhorse and every time I pick up my old T40 I'm amazed at how light and slim it is.

But it does have 1680x1050 (I still think the 1400x1050 was the ideal form factor, but they're killing it).

This is, of course, not a coincidence. Manufacturing costs (over enough time) scale with number of pixels, and the 'wide screen' marketing halo gave them them cover they needed to trim a few pixels right on out.
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From:wy
Date:May 12th, 2008 12:48 am (UTC)
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Yeah. That's one reason my T43p with the 15" UXGA screen stays home, and my X31 with the 12" xga screen goes everywhere on the planet.
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From:mavjop
Date:May 12th, 2008 01:52 am (UTC)
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Heh. :) I probably ought to buy myself a small, light, easy to transport laptop, but I don't really want to spend the money buying a machine when work supplies one, and I kind of like having the same environment -- the same machine -- everywhere I go, while at home, while at work, and while traveling.
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From:mavjop
Date:May 12th, 2008 01:49 am (UTC)
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The silly thing, though, is that panels are getting cheaper. Much cheaper. And yet they're just deciding to cheap it out more and more rather than giving us the fruits of progress.

Of course, one could say that the market self-selects the fact that they care less about pixels than shaving a few bucks off the top of a laptop. Humbug! Humbug, I say!

I've not looked at the T61p. I suspect that our systems manager reckoned they were too big/heavy. The business types mostly have little X60s or whatever they're called, but most of us Engineers would rather have the larger (alas not large, though) number of pixels and somewhat higher spec overall. 1680x1050, I could deal with.

I could not agree more with you on the "'wide screen' marketing halo" hiding trimming off pixels.

The same effect had people paying much higher prices for "widescreen TVs" (even before HD), even if it were a widescreen TV with the same horizontal size and smaller vertical size. I always thought that was so moronic.

Oh, and a slightly similar effect (ok, only half of it -- the confusion of change, but not the marketing halo) enabled retailers in Ireland (and presumably all over Europe) to increase prices when the changeover to the Euro happened (so, you're changing the price on an item from IEP 5.99 to the equivalent EUR 7.60, they pulled stuff like changing the price to EUR 9.50. It was much less immediately obvious (you'd have to do calculations to figure out that they'd done it) than if they had later raised prices from 7.60 -> 9.50.
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