Originally Posted by mfjp
Is the WUXGA screen font's readable? And is it glossy?
I just ordered a 9300 and thinking if I should change it to the WUXGA screen
Ultimately it is a personal preference and you are best served by going to a store and comparing the resolutions to see what you like best. I recommend setting the DPI on both notebooks to 96 so you are comparing apples to apples.
My current opinion is that the WUXGA screen resolution is quite high for a 17” LCD if you are using applications that deal with text. The 1920 * 1200 pixels make normal text quite small – especially if you are using an external keyboard (and are thus further away from the LCD). The industry standard for a 17 inch LCD (not wide screen) is only 1280 * 1024 pixels. Therefore in comparison the text on a WUXGA screen will be quite small.
Changing the windows font size (via QuickSet or through Windows) does nothing for text within an application – it only affects windows components i.e. menus, tool bars, etc. Granted you can tweak some applications to make the default text larger, but not all applications work this way and some of them that do require the adjustment each time you launch the application (which becomes tedious).
You can adjust the Windows DPI setting, which is the only way to really make a universal change to all fonts across all applications – however this has a somewhat serious drawback in that Windows does not fully support any DPI other than the Windows default of 96. You can set it higher but you will start to notice that some applications and web pages render their screens incorrectly due to scaling issues with the higher DPI setting.
My current laptop has a resolution of 1920 * 1200 and I had to set its DPI to 144 to make the text look its best. Most things look great, but I do come across web pages and applications that don’t render quite right. It has to do with the Windows GDI not supporting scaling properly when you use a DPI other than the default 96 DPI value. The i9300 I just ordered is configured with the WXGA+ option.
Note that DELL ships the WUXGA screen with a DPI setting of 120. While this makes the text more readable you will eventually start noticing that some applications and web pages not render their screens correctly. Unfortunately DELL does not warn buyers that they configure laptops with this problematic DPI setting so it is often some time before the user realizes that the screen rendering anomalies are related to the DPI setting.
Microsoft has acknowledged this limitation with Windows 2000 and XP. They claim it will be addressed in Longhorn. However Longhorn won’t be out for some time – so until then everyone should be aware of this issue before buying a very high resolution display.http://support.microsoft.com/?scid=kb;EN-US;Q820286