HD is so last year. In fact, HD has been around for nearly a decade. That’s why some laptops and PC screens are featuring resolutions that go beyond HD to provide a crisper, clearer experience.
At least, that’s what PC manufacturers are promising when they release ultra HD screens. But is that actually accurate? Or are ‘beyond HD’ PCs over-hyped and unnecessary?
Today, we’re going to explain the advantages of the new PCs, laptops, and tablets that go beyond HD.
Beyond HD resolutions, also known as ultra HD resolutions, can be found at a few different resolutions, but the following resolutions tend to be the most popular:
-2,560 x 1,600
You’ll find plenty of laptops and monitors with the 2,560 x 1,600 resolution but you’d be hard pressed to find laptops with 4K resolution as of 2014. It’s simply too expensive for most consumers.
-More screen space for programs, apps, and open windows (there’s so much room for activities!)
-View more data at the same time on a smaller screen
-Enjoy higher resolution videos and pictures
-A jaw dropping PC gaming experience
If you’re going beyond HD, you can expect to run into a few problems. Some of these problems are minor, while others will be deal breakers:
-Windows might not scale properly to your high resolution screen (Windows isn’t great at handling different DPI ratings, which can sometimes make mouse movement and scrolling feel awkward on larger resolution screens)
-Websites might not scale to your high resolution, since most people still use 1920x1080p screens or smaller
-Some images might look fuzzy due to scaling issues – particularly .bmp images
-Text might seem too small to read, depending on how your PC scales websites, documents, images, etc.
-You’ll need a top quality video card to enjoy maxed out PC gaming on a 2,560×1600 resolution monitor
At this point, I recommend sticking to regular HD – 1920x1080p. It’s the most popular resolution for TVs and PCs today and the price of HD monitors is steadily coming down. At this point, the added premium you pay for 2,560×1600 screens and beyond generally isn’t worth the hassle.
However, by the end of 2014, good graphics cards and monitors will have dropped in price, making higher resolutions more accessible to the average PC user and the average PC gamer. One year from now, we might hit the tipping point where more PC enthusiasts end up choosing ultra HD resolutions over the lowly 1920x1080p format.