i am about to choose a laptop that will be my main workstation for the next 3 years. Therefore it's very important for me to make a wise choice.
i need to chose between these two laptops:
The operative system will be Windows7. The laptop will be hooked up to a Dell 24" display (U2412M) when i will be in the office.
I'm only concerned that 1920x1080 on a 14" display will make text very small and my eyes will get very tired after a while when i will work outside the office (roughly 40% of the time).
The 12,5" has basically the same performances (sam SSD drive, same ram, same cpu) and a less extreme resolution which i prefer. (i'm very comfortable with 1440x900 resolution on my 14" current Latitude). But can i reach higher resolution when i will connect it to the external screen?
Any advice? Am i missing some important reasons why i should go for the 14" model?
Thanks in advance to everyone that will chose to help me. I really appreciate your time.
With your primary concern being the high display resolution on the ---- system there are a few features within Windows 7 that could have an impact on your decision.
Your desired appearance might be achieved simply by adjusting the resolution at which your system pushes video to the display. Settings in ‘Display’ can change text and icon size without adjusting your screens resolution and Microsofts ‘ClearType’ tool can help clear up text viability issues. Check out the guides below for information from Microsoft and Dell in reference to making resolution and visual adjustments to a system running Windows 7.
Change screen resolution
Make text easier to read using ClearType
Hope it helps!
Thank you Shawn-B for you answer. Very informative.
One last question: since the size of the external display makes the default viewing settings comfortable i don't need to adjust the appearance of items on the screen. Is it possible to independently adjust them across different screens or i should every time i undock the laptop adjust the settings manually?
Individual monitors could be set to different resolutions through the control panel > Display > Screen Resolutions settings, unfortunately settings for text/icon size and ClearType would affect all of the attached/configured displays.