This year at CES 2021 virtual event many technological improvements and some interesting tech devices have been introduced. One of the improvements that need a little bit more attention is that “we are going to get wider screen laptops” and soon we may say goodbye to the 16:9 aspect ratio Laptops.
Normally, most laptop screens come with an aspect ratio of 16:9. It is the ratio between the width and the height of the display. It indicates that if the width of the screen is divided into 16 equal parts then the height of the picture should be 9 parts. This means if the screen has a 1080p resolution of 1920 x 1080, that comes down to 16:9.
Soon we are going to see new laptop screens with an aspect ratio of 16:10. However, there are already some laptops that are using a 16:10 aspect ratio. They are Dell XPS 13 and Apple Macbook models.
Why we are going from 16:9 to 16:10 aspect ratio
A mismatch between the streaming content and aspect ratio
The 16:9 aspect ratio works great for TV. Because the majority of today’s TV shows use the same aspect ratio. But unfortunately, most of the movies are made using the cinema standard aspect ratio that is 21:9. It is much wider, so parts of the screen need to be covered with black color bars above and below the image. In order to fit the screen perfectly.
Some of the laptops including Microsoft and Google’s laptops have a squarer 3:2 aspect ratio. Along with the MacBook Pro, it also has a widescreen laptop that is slightly taller than the 16:10 display. Except these, Everything else on the market Including the ThinkPad family also succumbs to a 16:9 ratio.
16:9 screens are a little bit uncomfortable for working
Many laptops have opted for a 16:9 aspect ratio. Because video is something that many users care about. Whereas the video source may be Netflix, Youtube, and their own high-definition creations. 16:9 aspect ratio offers great images and video playing for the laptop displays or otherwise. We tolerate the glare and reflection for the sake of superior contrast.
But a laptop is used for more than just a video playback device. However, millions of people make their living through their laptops only. People use them for reading, writing, designing, communicating, and creating projects. In most of these applications, the 16:9 aspect ratio display will feel like a poor fit.
In the 16:9 aspect ratio displays, you can’t comfortably work with multiple windows side by side without zooming out also without doing a ton of vertical scrolling. Especially when you multitask in a chrome browser, the tabs will get tiny as you open more tabs. If you have already used 16:9 aspect ratio laptops for a while, then you have also experienced the same issues. If you try a 16:10 aspect ratio or 3:2 display of the same size, then you probably don’t want to go back to 16:9 aspect ratio laptops. Because there will be much room and you can use the screen space more efficiently.
At CES 2021 Some laptops were introduced that are offering non-16:9 aspect ratio displays.
Here are some laptops that feature 16:10 or 3:2 displays that will soon appear on the mainstream.
HP Elite Folio (1920 x 1280, 3:2):
A new convertible laptop with an Arm CPU. It features a 13.5-inch 3:2, 1920 x 1280 display. Which is a nice upgrade over the Spectre Folio’s 16:9 aspect ratio panel. The design of this laptop allows you to pull the screen forward to rest between the keys.
Lenovo ThinkBook Plus Gen 2 (2560 x 1600, 16:10)
This new model from Lenovo includes a 12 inch, 2560 x 1600 resolution. A 16:10 aspect ratio E Ink panel display. E Ink panel supports multitouch and pop-out stylus. Thus creating an enhanced enjoyable E Ink experience. It offers 400 nits of brightness along with Dolby Vision support.
Along with this, Lenovo Introduced Lenovo IdeaPad 5 Pro (2560 x 1600, 16:10), and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Titanium Yoga (2256 x 1504, 3:2), and also Lenovo ThinkPad X12 Detachable (1920 x 1280, 3:2).
LG Gram 17 (2650 x 1600, 16:10)
One of the great features of LG Gram 17 is its 16:10 display. Which offers more vertical space than any traditional 16:9 aspect ratio panel. In this, the LG Clamshell models have a new “four-sided slim bezel design” which gives 90 percent of screen to body ratio. It weighs only 2.98 pounds, it is very rare to see a 17-inch laptop just under 3 pounds.
Asus ROG Flow X13 (up to 3840 x 2400, 16:10)
Asus ROG has introduced a very cool looking lineup of new gaming laptops for 2021. It is the company’s first 2-in-1 convertible laptop. With this laptop, you get a 16:10 aspect ratio with extra vertical space for multitasking. Also, you have the option to choose between a 120Hz FHD touch display or a 3840 x 2400 touch display.
It doesn’t mean there will be no more 16:9 aspect ratio laptops, it just implies that in the foreseeable future many laptop manufacturers are moving towards 16:10 or 3:2 displays for giving users better space and experience.
Moving from the 16:9 to 16:10 aspect ratio will make a big difference in the lives of this year’s laptop buyers, Especially for people who are looking for a work-from-home device. 16:10 aspect ratio offers a more useful, appropriate aspect ratio for portable laptops.