10-24-2008 04:23 PM
I am wondering if anyone can give me some input on the brightness of the 15.4" 1920x1200 screen on the W500.
The spec sheets show 175nits of brightness, where the dell E6500 shows 300nits with the same resolution and size of monitor. Granted the Dell has a 2CCFL monitor.
Is this monitor bright enough to use in even a slightly over-bright workspace?
Also, if you could give me your impressions on the size of text et al. on this monitor, I use this resolution on a 17" Macbook Pro and a 24" desktop monitor, I'm just worried that at 15.4" the text may be illegible.
10-24-2008 05:53 PM
Welcome to the forum:
So is your Macbook Pro 17 inch screen HD or the regular one???
The W500 with WUXGA has extremely small text and it can be a pain to you, and is not good for you eye if you use it for a long time starring at small text and in over lit rooms. I suggest you just get a WSXGA+ or WSXGA screen if there is one, which should be around par to the font size of a HD 17 Macbook.
10-25-2008 10:49 AM
the WUXGA resolution at 15.4" makes text difficult to read, however this can be easily solved by increasing text sizes in the 'Appearance Settings' dialog and/or increasing zoom levels in web browsers. I do not recommend increasing the screen dpi scale (leave it at 96dpi) as this will make non-dpi-scaling-aware programs (most programs out there) look blurry, and in my opinion, the point of having an HD screen would be it see things as crisply as possible.
I think it would be nice if the screen were a little brighter than it is, but it's not bad. I can still see the screen well enough in my over-bright all-glass sun room.
10-27-2008 10:57 AM
AFAIK the W500's display is also a 2CCFL screen, but I'm not 100% on that as I haven't torn one apart yet.
It's not very bright, but it's certainly useable. I'd love to have better contrast though. It looks terrible next to a 22" Lenovo L220x Widescreen (same resolution). The color gamut isn't anywhere near as good as the external screen.
As far as readability - it all depends on your eyes and how close you sit. I wear glasses corrected to 20/20 and have no problems reading it from about 4 feet away without using any scaling options (it is at the Windows default of 96dpi). I like the extra room this gives me. However, some webpages use fairly small text settings (VW Vortex forums are a notable one) and for those, I just use my web-browser's scaling function instead of screwing with the entire OS scaling. I'm 27, FWIW. Others with older or worse eyes may not have the same experience.
IME, the Mac screens look MUCH nicer, but the glossy screens are a big pain to use. For lap-usage, a 17" at WUXGA is a bit too "big" for me, I prefer the 15.4" WUXGA with more dots per inch of screen. Same reason I like my 22" Lenovo (WUXGA) more than the 24" Dell (WUXGA) - more dots per inch = crisper & cleaner display.
10-27-2008 03:04 PM
Thanks guys for the feedback,
I am a little less reticent in purchasing the 1920x1200 screen now. I've always preffered very small fonts, so perhaps this will work out alright. 15.4" really is close to only an inch smaller than the 17" screen.