Display Resolution >1366px

May 8, 2012

28 Votes

Status: Partially Implemented

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Hello Dell,

first let me say: Thanks for giving people the chance to participate in your product development and for this great idea of a developer Ultrabook.

My idea is simple: Give us better display with higher resolution.

If I want to develop on a laptop with this lowcost 1366*768px resolution, I don't need to spend 900$+ to do this. So to make it short: PLEASE give us a matte display with a resolution of at least 1600*900px.

Thank you.


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Status Update: The XPS 13 Developer Edition has been updated and now comes with a Full HD (1080P) screen resolution.  Thank you for posting!

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  • May 23, 2012     Comment Link

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    Hello everyone, winoffice is right for sandy bridge intel core i but now that ivy bridge is released you should now see the resoloutions to FULL HD for the 13 inch computers like dell xps 13 ultrabook.  But it should happen when the dual core intel core i processors 3rd generation is released.  However for the higher inch screens, the quad core intel core ivy bridge is released so I do hope to see FULL HD screens with everyone else as well.
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  • May 21, 2012     Comment Link

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    Agreed, but don't expect that to happen on a 13.3" computer.

    This is the problem with 16:9 aspect ratios. Earlier, Dell made 14.1" laptops with screen resolutions of 1440x900. I think that would have been much better than the current UltraBook, but don't expect Dell to do it.
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  • May 17, 2012     Comment Link

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    I agree that Dell has to break new grounds with thier screens, not only on the super-high end. The resolution question is a little bit tricky especially for 13 inch computers but we can't have laptop screens anymore with the same resolution as my smartphone... One thing that happens to often is that companies push a high res screen in but the panel is still lacking in contrast and viewing angle - which are the properties that stands out on a screen. . Take the Asus UX31 as a an example - http://www.notebookcheck.net/Asus-Zenbook-UX31E-DH52B-Laptop-Review.65718.0.html 400 nits but still only 1:151 in contrast - it's not a wow experience watching that screen.

    I liked the XPS13 but as soon as I saw it was a crapy panel I could never even consider it (can't hide behind fancy name for the screens: http://www.notebookcheck.net/Review-Dell-XPS-13-Ultrabook.71933.0.html). Dell should slim their product line, save money on not having 50 different models and just release a few computers that a great deal of thought has gone in to. Be the first to skip all the bloatware, streamline your drivers so they work quick and perfectly. For example, have sleep as the standard setting for closing the lid and never let the computer go into hibernate. It would surprise >100 000 of customers out there that a windows computer can start up as quick or quicker than a mac when you open the lid.  
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  • May 9, 2012     Comment Link

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    Still, isn't this also something mostly defined by habit. Take for example eclipse/aptana, I often program (whilst not at work) on a device with an extremely low resolution (1280 × 800) and by learning some tricks like ctrl/cmd+m you can maxime the current view. By the way, I am not saying a higher resolution isn't preferable, as I know the joy working with 1920x1080 at work, but my point is more that a high resolution isn't an absolute necessity.

    Secondly,  1600x900 is far too much for a 13" notebook. By the time you have such a high resolution everything either gets too small or is get's resized to a higher size which makes the px size pointless. Secondly the DPI shouldn't be a lot higher than the market standard as that results in sites and webapplications with far too bulky buttons etc. on normal computers and notebooks (which - depending on the company policies - might not matter as the designers get the last hand, but this isn't the case if you work alone and in a lot of other companies (where a 3/4 finished design is given to a developer to work out in a website/application)).
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  • May 8, 2012     Comment Link

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    Thanks for answering on my idea :) Please don't get me wrong: The XPS 13 is a great device and I love the ultrabook concept because I love to have thin and light notebooks with this perfect display size of 13 inches and a good battery life. The only thing I hate about most of the current ultrabooks available is the resolution. 1366*768 is not enough for a developer and no matter how perfect a certain ultrabook is, this is the reason that I would not buy it.
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  • May 8, 2012     Comment Link

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    Thanks! We're not locked down on the particular hardware choice at the moment - we chose the XPS 13 as our initial device because it just seemed so nice ;) So, as we look at expanding to other hardware profiles, this kind of input it great!