"new" naming convention for screen resolution

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by uicandrew, Jun 19, 2007.

  1. uicandrew macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2006
    instead of typing out numbers all the time, can we just stick with industry standard abbreviations.

    WXGA - the 13" macbook resolution (1280x720)
    WSXGA - the 15" macbook pro resolution (1440x960)
    WSXGA+ - the 17" macbook pro standard resolution (1680x1050)
    WUXGA - the 17" macbook pro hi-res option (1920x1200)

    it would be much easier for everyone with a macbook or a macbook pro (who don't have a numeric keypad)

    regardless, i'll start using these abbreviations, and hopefully people will know what they are.

    desk003 had a great link to a wiki picture that compared the resolution

  2. Sbrocket macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2007
    Why should I want to learn some odd naming convention for screen resolutions when (x_dimension) x (y_dimension) works just fine and is what most people are accustomed to using? The only place I've actually seen these "industry standard" abbreviations is on Lenovo's site, and they just seemed to be there to confuse less computer literate consumers.
  3. elfin buddy macrumors 6502a

    elfin buddy

    Sep 16, 2001
    Tuttlingen, Germany
    Heh, you go right ahead...just don't complain when you have to explain yourself every time you use your industry standard abbreviations. :p
  4. Sbrocket macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2007
    Also, the 15" MBP's screen resolution is 1440x900...so it really doesn't fit the WSXGA (1440x960) standard. Dunno why it isn't true 16:9 widescreen, but *shrug*.
  5. shipdestroyer macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    New Hampshire
    Also, the Macbook's screen resolution is 1280x800.
  6. pengu macrumors 6502a

    Mar 20, 2005
    Diddily Daddily...
    because widescreen displays for computer use are 16:10, not 16:9

    1440x900 is 16:10

    i have no idea what uses that 1440x960 resoultion (3:2)
  7. L3X macrumors 6502a

    Oct 18, 2006
    Chesapeake, VA
  8. uicandrew thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2006
    slight variations exist because the number of vertical pixels dropped when the isights were integrated.

    also, the aspect of a widescreen lcd tv is different from aspect of the widescreen lcd in the computing world.

    dell and hp also use this designation.

    i just thought the letters would be an easier way to express resolution, especially when different size lcds use different resolutions
  9. plinden macrumors 68040


    Apr 8, 2004
    Well, if you look again at the image you linked to, the 16:10 line (green) has only CGA, WSXGA+, WUXGA and WQXGA.

    Except for the WUXGA screens used on the 17" hd MBPs, there is no designation for any of the 16:10 screens used by Apple so applying eg. WXGA to the MacBook is incorrect, and misleading if you know what WXGA is.
  10. dartzorichalcos macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2007
    The next revisions could have:
    17" MacBook Pro 1920 x 1200 resolution standard
    15" MacBook Pro 1680 x 1050 resolution standard
    13" MacBook 1440 x 900 resolution standard
    Also why did Apple change the 15" MacBook Pro resolution from the 15" PowerBook G4 to 1440 x 900 but the 15" PowerBook G4 had the 1440 x 960 resolution?
  11. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    the last iteration powerbook g4 used that, no?
  12. rectangular macrumors member

    Sep 28, 2006
    Oh no! We wouldn't want to force you to use the 1-0 numbers above the QWERTY line!! :p
  13. network23 macrumors 6502


    Dec 18, 2002
    1. Much easier to get a real keyboard with a numeric keypad.
    2. I can count on one hand the number of times I've had to type out a resolution in the past year. A hell of a lot less time than it would take for me to commit those user-hostile names to memory or go look them up every time they appear.
    3. KISS
  14. Wolfpup macrumors 68030

    Sep 7, 2006
    I never, ever use those stupid so-called abbreviations, and I don't think real people use them.

    They made sense when we were dealing with things like CGA, VGA, and maybe "Super VGA", but past that it just got silly.

    It's a random string of letters that means nothings, and the correct thing to do is just to write out the resolution, or abbreviate it in some way (like HD TVs usually do with 720p, etc.)

    W#DJGYQWENUFDW.738 means nothing to me. If you're talking about 1600x1200, please just say so. :)
  15. shipdestroyer macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    New Hampshire
    I'm going to type out sixteen hundred by twelve hundred, etc. from now on, just to make things interesting.

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