Why widescreen?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by finnschi, Oct 28, 2009.

  1. finnschi macrumors 6502

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    So why is Widescreen better than the "old" 4:3 aspect ratio? I haven't seen a website/document where content is arranged 16:9, is this seriously JUST for movies???

    I just started using my old Thinkpad t60 again, and its 15" whcih feels allot bigger than my 15.4" MacBook Pro....

    who exactly needs widescreen :confused:

    andy why are they still measure monitors in inch wouldn't it make more sense to do a Pixel/cm^2 ?? plain cm^2 would be better as well :mad:
     
  2. dejo Moderator

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    Human vision is "widescreen". That is, people without visual impairment see more side-to-side than top-to-bottom. Therefore, widescreen lends itself better to how we see.
     
  3. spice weasel macrumors 65816

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    Because they are not the same. A measurement in inches lets you know how diagonally large the screen physically is. The resolution measurement lets you know how many pixels. It's possible to have a smaller screen with a denser pixel count than a screen that is physically larger but with a lower or same resolution.
     
  4. Rampant.A.I. macrumors 6502a

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    Is this really a serious topic?

    Does anyone actually prefer working on a perfectly square screen?
     
  5. reebzor macrumors 6502a

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    I feel as though I can be more productive with a widescreen. You're not supposed to have windows fullscreened, you're supposed to able to see everything that you're working on at the same time. I scatter my windows next to each other because I have the real estate to do so. It kills me when I see someone with a 1080p monitor and they have their internet browser fullscreened. What a waste.
     
  6. spice weasel macrumors 65816

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    Amen to that! A few of my co-workers browse the web in fullscreen, across a 27" display!
     
  7. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    A big reason for widescreen is to watch movies in 16.9 like you see in theaters. It's the same thing for new TVs - virtually all are widescreen.
     

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