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Dissapointed with new Toshiba Laptop


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#1 Ziva

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 03:56 PM


Hi,

I bought a new Toshiba laptop earlier in the week from Best Buy. It had all the specs I wanted, but compared to this old HP the height of the screen was shorter even though it's wider. 15.6" vs 15.4". It worked fine and everything, but I could not stand the screen. I'm a bit near sighted and had to bent my neck down in order to view the screen correctly. I even tried changing the resolution to make the text etc bigger. But that just scrunched everything in the center making it look just plain weird and it didn't help me see it any better. I use Paint Shop Pro quite a bit, and there's no way could I have used it like this.

I'm taking it back tomorrow. I don't know if going to a 17" screen would help or if I should just look for a screen that's 15.4. Anyone have any opinions? I'd love to get a desktop, but have no place to put one. Room is an issue for me.

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 04:32 PM

Most laptops nowadays are wide screen which is 16:9 ratio. Your old HP laptop is probably a 4:3 ratio which is rare to find a laptop with that ratio anymore.

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 04:56 PM

Then I'll probably have to spend more on a bigger screen. Or look for a refurbished of the size I currently have.

Thank you for letting me know,

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 05:00 PM

Chances are that the larger size screen is gonna be widescreen still.

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 05:09 PM


True. Now I am not sure what to do. Guess I'll have to rely on the BB people to help decide.

Thanks, Michael.

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Posted 14 August 2011 - 05:13 PM

I reckon you should go to the shops and actually have a look at the laptops and test it if possible.

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 02:23 PM

4:3 aspect ratio screens are almost impossible to find. I think the Panasonic Toughbooks still have them, in 1024x768, but nothing else.

There are still quite a few laptops available with a 16:10 aspect ratio. Not as good as 4:3, but better than 16:9. Look for screen resolutions of 1280x800, 1440x900 (WXGA+), 1680x1050 (WSXGA+) or 1920x1200 (WUXGA).

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 02:37 PM

Hi,

I took the new computer back yesterday and asked the CSR if getting one with a 17" screen would be better. He said no. That I'd run into the same complaint. Looks like my only option is a desktop. At least mobility isn't a concern for me. I've searched online for laptops with the ratio I wanted. Seems like Apple still sells them. But I don't want to spend that kind of money on a PC.

Good luck to you. Hope we both will find something that we like.

Ziva


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Posted 16 August 2011 - 04:42 PM

Those Toughbook are really expensive.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 12:55 PM

Hi,

I took the new computer back yesterday and asked the CSR if getting one with a 17" screen would be better. He said no. That I'd run into the same complaint. Looks like my only option is a desktop. At least mobility isn't a concern for me. I've searched online for laptops with the ratio I wanted. Seems like Apple still sells them. But I don't want to spend that kind of money on a PC.

Good luck to you. Hope we both will find something that we like.

Ziva


I have to ask, if it doesn't need to be portable why are you looking at something that is more delicate and easier to ruin than a desktop would be.

I would hate to have to think how many laptops I've seen ruined because liquid got spilled into the keyboard, or they dropped it and cracked the screen and screen housing.

Desktop unplug the $10 keyboard and plug in the new and done. Laptop hope the liquid didn't ruin the motherboard and spend a lot more for the keyboard plus installation.

I for example still have a lot of used 17" and 19" LCDs for sale for desktops.

I know where you are coming from as my brother hates widescreen displays too.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 04:16 PM

I'm pretty sure most 17inch monitors are not widescreen.

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Posted 17 August 2011 - 08:43 PM


Hi,

I took the new computer back yesterday and asked the CSR if getting one with a 17" screen would be better. He said no. That I'd run into the same complaint. Looks like my only option is a desktop. At least mobility isn't a concern for me. I've searched online for laptops with the ratio I wanted. Seems like Apple still sells them. But I don't want to spend that kind of money on a PC.

Good luck to you. Hope we both will find something that we like.

Ziva


I have to ask, if it doesn't need to be portable why are you looking at something that is more delicate and easier to ruin than a desktop would be.

I would hate to have to think how many laptops I've seen ruined because liquid got spilled into the keyboard, or they dropped it and cracked the screen and screen housing.

Desktop unplug the $10 keyboard and plug in the new and done. Laptop hope the liquid didn't ruin the motherboard and spend a lot more for the keyboard plus installation.

I for example still have a lot of used 17" and 19" LCDs for sale for desktops.

I know where you are coming from as my brother hates widescreen displays too.


Lack of space to properly set up a desktop is the issue. I don't have a place to put one where it wouldn't be in the middle of a room.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 12:25 AM

The only thing i can think of is to connect a external monitor to the laptop and use the external monitor as the main screen.

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 09:42 AM



Hi,

I took the new computer back yesterday and asked the CSR if getting one with a 17" screen would be better. He said no. That I'd run into the same complaint. Looks like my only option is a desktop. At least mobility isn't a concern for me. I've searched online for laptops with the ratio I wanted. Seems like Apple still sells them. But I don't want to spend that kind of money on a PC.

Good luck to you. Hope we both will find something that we like.

Ziva


I have to ask, if it doesn't need to be portable why are you looking at something that is more delicate and easier to ruin than a desktop would be.

I would hate to have to think how many laptops I've seen ruined because liquid got spilled into the keyboard, or they dropped it and cracked the screen and screen housing.

Desktop unplug the $10 keyboard and plug in the new and done. Laptop hope the liquid didn't ruin the motherboard and spend a lot more for the keyboard plus installation.

I for example still have a lot of used 17" and 19" LCDs for sale for desktops.

I know where you are coming from as my brother hates widescreen displays too.


Lack of space to properly set up a desktop is the issue. I don't have a place to put one where it wouldn't be in the middle of a room.


There are two options. If you could live with a widescreen that is big enough, some brands sell a computer built into the display so that all you have is a 23" LCD, Keyboard and mouse on the desk.

Some brands sell really small computers, for example Dell business models that are approximately 10" by 10" by 3.5" and HP has sold models for example:

Here is a current model that is Dimensions 15.91"(L) x 4.43"(W) x 12.24"(H)@ http://www.shopping.hp.com/desktops/slim-sleek

They are not all huge How deep is that laptop?

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Posted 18 August 2011 - 04:47 PM

I believe there is no all in one pc model that is 4:3 ratio.

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