I did an exhaustive comparison of resolutions at Circuit City, CompUSA, and Best Buy (yes, I buy stuff at all of those places, just not a notebook!!)
and I have come to the final decision that, with my eyes at this time, even with glasses, I prefer XGA for the normal day-to-day stuff that I will be doing. I realize that viewing my 5MP pictures won't be as ideal, but that is just fine.
I never realized how much smaller even WXGA appears with the same font sizes selected, but thanks to Tommi's site, and opening my eyes, I now do!!So, I now throw all three of my final choices out the window!!!
Also, I won't need to check whether nVidia runs better non-native, because I will be running native at 1024X768 (what a concept, somebody give me a prize!!!)
That's the good news!!
The bad news is that, other than the HP nc6000 or HP nc8000, I don't know of any system I would be interested in that has an XGA 14.1" or 15" screen, a good video card (ATI preferred, but any one is OK) that is of extremely high build quality, and is a quality unit overall. Don't want an ACER even if one existed that met my specs.
Please advise, and please post systems that I can or should consider!