Problems with new Windows 10 HD Laptop

Pmprod7

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I just recently had to upgrade from my Windows 7 laptop to a Windows 10 laptop and I'm having problems with some of the changes.

First my old laptop was 14 inches diagonally and the new Windows 10 is also-- but the new Windows 10 laptop is a 1/2 inch shorter vertically leaving me with less screen space. It's a jarring and uncomfortable difference . My Windows 7 laptop is taller and is less rectangular in shape--they're both HP laptops.
Why did HP change the shape of their laptops to a shorter more rectangular shape? I don't have enough now to return it and get a 15 inch screen (which also has that more rectangular shape-but is at least larger)

Also the Windows 10 laptop I have is an HD laptop that makes the quality of the standard videos on You Tube and other sites look worse now--they have a pale/ glaring and less sharp look to them. Only the videos in high definition look good unlike my older Windows 7 laptop where all the videos looked better.
Is there a solution to this?
Do they make any non-HD laptops still? (the Windows 7 laptop I have-I bought in 2015 refurbished.) Did all laptops go HD now?
 
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David Norman

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Sounds like you probably had an old 16/10 display and the new one is 16:9. I'm not sure HP decided so much as the productions facilities
for mass produced screens went almost exclusively to 16:9 over the last few years. I prefer the slightly taller monitors as well, but there are very few around. I'd measure the actual screen and/or see in the Display Screen what the display pixel resolution it.

I'd guess more Business laptops likely kept this and the new XPS15 apparently will have the 16/10 screen.
I'm not sure what you mean with HD, but it sounds like you're having more an issue with the graphics card than the screen itself -- hard to know without seeing or possibly it's not set up quite right. What;s the default resolution of the new screen?

It may be you need to go to a store at some point and look at several laptops playing a selected video
 

Pmprod7

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Sounds like you probably had an old 16/10 display and the new one is 16:9. I'm not sure HP decided so much as the productions facilities
for mass produced screens went almost exclusively to 16:9 over the last few years. I prefer the slightly taller monitors as well, but there are very few around. I'd measure the actual screen and/or see in the Display Screen what the display pixel resolution it.

I'd guess more Business laptops likely kept this and the new XPS15 apparently will have the 16/10 screen.
I'm not sure what you mean with HD, but it sounds like you're having more an issue with the graphics card than the screen itself -- hard to know without seeing or possibly it's not set up quite right. What;s the default resolution of the new screen?

It may be you need to go to a store at some point and look at several laptops playing a selected video
Yes I just recently read up on what the different aspect ratios are for the laptops and the Windows 7 I have is a 16:10 model while the new Windows 10 I received is a 16:9 ratio. The default resolution for the Windows 10 is 1366 X 768.
I don't know which company still makes the 16:10 aspect ratio model that is affordable. Besides I already signed in to the new laptop and started using it --although I can't get used to the crunched space compared to my older one (that is starting to be unresponsive and slow).
 

Dennis Nicholls

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I just measured my 2012 Dell E6420 screen. It's 16:9. And this product line was Dell's "business" line of laptops. That aspect ratio goes back a long way.
 

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FYI, Mac laptops have a 16:10 aspect ratio. With some of these, it appears that Apple achieved this by the less desirable route of lowering the horizontal pixel count.
  • Wintel laptop – 1600 x 900 pixels
  • 15" MacBook Pro (non-Retina, standard screen) – 1440 x 900 pixels
The advent of Retina displays has partially undone the horizontal resolution loss.
  • 15" Retina MacBook Pro – 2880 x 800 pixels
  • 16" Retina MacBook Pro – 3072 x 1920 pixels
For instance, a 16" rMBP can size text and objects as though they were on a 1792 x 1120 screen.
 

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