Screen quality matters. So does screen real estate. That’s why tablet and phone makers keep improving the resolution on their displays. But while a new $399 tablet like the Google Nexus 10 has a higher-than-HD 2560 x 1600 resolution, most laptops are stuck on the same lame 1366 x 768 panels they used back in 2009 and most with 1600 x 900 or 1920 x 1080 displays cost an arm and a leg.
If Samsung, HTC and LG can all pack 1080p displays onto their smartphones without jacking up the price, notebook vendors should be able to provide the same resolution on a 13-inch screen for under $600. It’s also lame that the typical notebook screen is washed out, dull and dim. If a tiny device with long battery life can have a vibrant screen that measures 400 lux on our light meter, there’s no excuse for the average notebook to offer half the intensity with a heavy dose of backlight bleed and whitewashing.
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