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Old 01-10-2010, 16:31   #1
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I've had some trouble with my laptop and now HP has offered me a replacement laptop:

My laptop

Replacement offer

This seems like a good upgrade apart from two things

Display:
goes down from 1650*1080 to 1600*900. I read this is quite common nowadays, apparently we all need 16:9 instead of 16:10.
Although I'm losing pixels here this doesn't bother me a lot, I'm thinking less pixels might even mean better performance game wise.

HDMI vs DisplayPort
Instead of HDMI this laptop has DisplayPort. I had never in my life heard of it but apparently this should become quite common in computer appliances. That's all fine and dandy but I use my laptop to watch movies on my TV as well, and my tv has HDMI and not DisplayPort.

There are converters for sale but I;m wondering if anybody can tell me if this will work normally or that this means I'm screwed and need to by a media player or something.
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Old 01-10-2010, 17:13   #2
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My new computer has a display port on the graphics card, but it also has HDMI and DVI so I haven't had to use it - good thing as I have not nothing else with a display port. It is apparently going to be the next standard, but I know very little about it.

on the screen height issue I would guess it depends what you mostly do with the laptop. I find the lack of screen height quite frustrating when working with documents or things with a vertical format - the toolbars top and bottom seem to take up so much room there is little left for anything else and it's a bit difficult to rotate the living room TV to stand on end, easier with a laptop but not so good if you're typing on a vertical keyboard
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Old 03-10-2010, 17:27   #3
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Looking around it seems the 1650x1050 is heading for retirement. 16:9 will be the standard.

Display port remains an unknown factor to me. Is there anyone who has any experience with this and with conversion cables from DisplayPort to HDMI?
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