Vostro and resolution - a question of balance
I have been following the Vostro line for a while and with the new introductions of the 3450-3550-3750, I continue to be disappointed at how the screen resolutions are not as optimal.
What we have are this:
V3300: 1366 x 768
V3450: 1366 x 768
V3550: 1366 x 768
V3750: 1600 x 900
One of the problem with the 16:9 screen ratio is we lose vertical screen size for the benefit of getting 16:9 HD movie formet. The majority of people getting a laptop is not buying it to watch movie, we do work on word processor and spreadsheet or if we get to multi-media, we do work on pictures thru Phtoshop, etc. With a 16:9 screen, we actually are losing working screen estate with the squished height.
I dont have a problem with the 16:9 screen format itself but with only 1366 x 768 resolution, I am getting less practical working space then the old 1280 x 800. With most documents I work with in portrait format or with pictures I work in Photoshop (that are in the normal 3:2 ratio), I am actually getting a smaller working area with more waste space on the wider 16:9 screen.
I feel the V3300 with 1366 x 768 on the 13.3" screen is fine. I have the V3300 but still ove my XPS M1330 with 1280 x 800 more.
The V3450 and V3550 largers 14" and 15.6" screens with only 1366 x 768 can be much better with 1600 x 900. The V3500 has 1920 x 1080 but that is too much and would be more appropriate for the V3750.
My recommendations to Dell are to have the following:
Vostro 33xx: 1366 x 768 and 1600 x 900 (as an option)
Vostro 34xx: 1366 x 768 and 1600 x 900 (as an option)
Vostro 35xx: 1366 x 768 and 1600 x 900 and 1920 x 1080 (as options)
Vostro 37xx: 1600 x 900 and 1920 x 1080 (as options)
I know Lenovo T420's compete with the Vostro 34xx and has screen options and T520's (similar to V35xx) has those options.
I hope this helps. Thank you.