Dominance of 16:9 displays coming to an end?

Posted on Thursday, Jan 21 2021 @ 09:42 CET by Thomas De Maesschalck
Over the past 15 years or so, the 16:9 aspect ratio has been the most prevalent in the computer display market. ExtremeTech notes 16:9 became dominant due to economic reasons but the site noticed other aspect ratios are now heading back to the mainstream.

At this year's digital-only CES 2021 show, various big laptop makers all showed systems with 16:10 and 3:2 aspect ratio displays. At least for higher-end systems, more mainstream laptops still gravitate towards 16:9.
People who really like 16:9 but would like just a bit more vertical space benefit from 16:10. If you aren’t sure how to tell them apart: 1920×1080 is a 16:9 resolution, while the 16:10 equivalent is 1920×1200. Instead of 2560×1440 (16:9), we use 2560×1600. 4K panels shift from 3840×2160 to 3840×2400.
Aspect ratios like 16:10 or 3:2 are a big step up for productivity on a laptop. Whether you're browsing the web searching for information, editing spreadsheets or writing code, the extra vertical pixels come in really handy.

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Thomas has been messing with computer since early childhood and firmly believes the Internet is the best thing since sliced bread. Enjoys playing with new tech, is fascinated by science, and passionate about financial markets. When not behind a computer, he can be found with running shoes on or lifting heavy weights in the weight room.

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