The Retarded Aspect About Aspect Ratios

May 12, 2009 at 10:31 PM 1 comment

Dell’s turning out a new crop of laptops, notably the new Studio 15(55) and the Inspiron 15. At first glance, it they seemed to be a step up from the last generation, with 15.6 inch screens as opposed to the original 15.4.

Looking closer, I realized that it was too good to be true. The reason behind this change seems to lie in trying to make this screen “movie” friendly, since all this HD businees is standardizing in the 16:9 aspect ratio. What’s the problem with having a screen perfect for HD?

Well, originally, Dell’s 15.4 inch laptops were in the 16:10 aspect ratio. I have a 1680×1050 pixel screen. The next best thing in 16:9 aspect ratio is 1600×900 (900p). That’s 20% fewer pixels than in my 16:10 screen!!!

Let me remind you that these are laptops. Screen size matters. Some of us work on these laptops, and need the extra real estate to multitask better. Our display sizes are limited, so every pixel counts. You’re ripping me off 324,000 pixels!

I don’t know why they even needed to change the screen sizes in the first place. It doesn’t take a geek to know that a 16:9 movie would easily fit inside a 16:10 screen (9 goes into a 10, obviously). The argument seems to be that now you no longer have letterboxing (black bars on the top and bottom of the screen) when watching a movie. Let’s systematically destory this argument.


  1. Who cares?
  2. Letterboxing is something that has become signature trait of movies (hence: this movie has been modified to fit your screen).
  3. You have more space for subtitles.
  4. You have space for menus and popups (like playing a DVD on the computer).

Among other things, I can’t choose between the Studio 15 or the Studio XPS 13 (which is also in 16:9).


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  • 1. The Matchmaker  |  May 13, 2009 at 8:02 PM

    yeah i agree with you… 300000 more pixels…. i need that…

    now my sin, cos, tan graphs have to be scaled down just a little….

    sigh…. why is the day so young? with their mockery is the mockingbird… will tired be of the sun? sigh…


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