Help Me Choose: Screen Resolution

What is screen resolution?
On your Dell laptop or monitor, resolution is simply the number individual points of color, or pixels, displayed on your screen. It is normally defined by the number of pixels wide by the number of pixels high (width x height).

For instance, a 1600 x 900 resolution has an image display that is 1600 pixels from side-to-side and 900 pixels from top-to-bottom.

Summary
1366 x 768 HD = about 1 million total pixels
1600 x 900 HD+ = about 1.4 million pixels
1920 x 1080 Full HD = over 2 million pixels
2560 x 1400 Quad HD = over 3.5 million pixels

What does this mean?
Generally, the higher the resolution, the sharper the image.

However, which resolution you choose can also depend on the size of your screen and how you intend to use it.

• For instance, 1366 x 768 resolution (also called HD, with about 1 million total pixels) offers sharp, highly detailed images for small laptops and tablets
 
• However, larger screens (such as 17-inch laptops), may not look quite as sharp with 1366 x 768 resolution because the same number of pixels are being spread out over more screen area
 
• Therefore, for larger formats, 1600 x 900 (HD+, with about 1.4 million pixels) and 1920 x 1080 (Full HD, with just over 2 million pixels) may be more desirable

What's more, your vocation, hobbies or entertainment requirements may demand greater resolution. If what you are doing, such as video gaming or digital photography, calls for extra-sharp picture quality that brings out more detail, than HD+ and Full HD resolutions are excellent choices.

With the incredible 2-million pixel density of a 1920 x 1080 screen you can:
• Enjoy Full HD movies, such as those from Blu-ray discs, on your computer
• Get the most from your editing software for digital photography
• Have crisp reproduction of images and videos when you Skype* in HD
• Enlarge the amount of viewable content for many media-related tasks