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Choice of two laptops - 14.1 or 15.6 inch screen?  (Im getting older - bigger screen better?)

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Im def getting one of these Lenovos.

What to do ............. buy a laptop once every 5 years.

Im using a 14.1 screen now. Is a 15.6 better?
Much of a weight difference?
Is it just wider not taller at all?
 
If it was you what would you get.

Usage - all tech work. No entertainment. Some spreadsheets for bills etc.
Mostly carried short distances from a car, not hauling around the place.

http://shop.lenovo.com/SEUILibrary/controller/e/ieweb/LenovoPortal/en_IE/catalog.workflow:category.details?action=init¤t-catalog-id=FD6DB49790C7411D933567FC361231FB¤t-category-id=7A94C58533E74F2FB9CFC5F211352A6A

Thanks.
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Raheman M. Abdul earned 336 total points
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Go for the 15.6 and change the resolution to low if you dont want to see the small sized text on the screen.
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If you're not traveling a great deal, I would purchase the 15.6 laptop. I work remotely the majority of the time on a laptop and the more screen you can have the better. The larger screen will out way any minor, if any, inconvenience of carrying a slightly larger laptop for the amount of traveling you stated.
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by:lancecurwensville
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you never said about needing battery life nor the availability of power.  due to you carrying it about, I'd go with the 14.1.  You can get them with the same processor/mobo/ram combinations, but you will get extended battery life, easier to carry 4.3lbs as opposed to 5.6 (rough estimates), and probably slightly less expensive.  Since you are not using it for recreation, there really is no need for a larger screen.  Another thing to consider is whether you want a "wide-screen" or "4:3" ratio viewing.  I have a hp 17.3 inch and could smash it everyday cause I hate the wide screen appearance but I'm now stuck w/ it for 3 years.
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You might want to go to a store that carries an assortment of these and see 1st hand what they are like. Even better if you can borrow one from a friend to test drive.
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Apart from wider - how much taller is it approx?
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14.1 :  7.5 x 11.9 inches
15.6:  9.9 x 14.7

approximate sizes depending upon manufacturer
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Im alomost sold on the bigger screen.  Will flip a coin soon.
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Ok heads wins.  Its going to be a big screen.  My eyes are getting weary in IT and I think the extra big screen will help me.

Thanks everyone
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