Screen resolution recommendation for a laptop

Getting our kid a laptop for college.  it'll have 15.6" screen, i7 processor, 8 - 12 GB RAM,  1 TB hard drive (overall, nice machine?

HP offers a higher res screen - 1920x1080  but Costco that has a better price / configuration (with 12 gb) for that configuration only has 1366x768.

the 12 gb for him seems overkill with the Costco build, but I'll get square trade breakage / lower price / Costco's name on the deal if there's a problem,

what's your  thoughts on 1920x1080 vs.  1366x768
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jhyieslaCommented:
One's just more high res that the other and finer. However, even with good eyes, on a 15" screen the higher resolution may be a little hard to read.
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rindiCommented:
You can't too high displays. Besides, you'd have Full HD which is nice for multimedia content.
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BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
rindi - can you check your typo?  what are you saying?  you can't too high
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rindiCommented:
I meant the resolution can never be too high. That in my point of view is the most important factor of any laptop or display.
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
I'm a big fan of high resolution, even on smaller screens. I run many programs at once and having the screen landscape for several open windows is extremely valuable. So I strongly recommend the 1920x1080, especially for young eyes. :)  I have a 15.6" laptop with 1920x1200 and love it (the fonts and icons are smallish, of course, but that's why I made the "young eyes" comment...and most programs, like Word and PDF readers/viewers, will adjust the font size to the window...and you can even change the DPI in Windows itself).

One thing you may want to consider is getting an external monitor (you can get one with 1920x1080 in the 20-24" range these days for $100-150) and mouse and keyboard. That way, he can have a better environment (desktop-like) when he's in the dorm room, and he can set up an extended desktop config in Windows, utilizing both the 1920x1080 of the laptop screen and the 1920x1080 of the external monitor. Then he just pulls the cables out of the laptop when he wants to go out-and-about on campus. You may even get him a docking station so he doesn't have to fiddle with cables each time he leaves the dorm room and comes back. Regards, Joe
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Tyler VerkadeCommented:
I found an image that should hopefully help you visualize the size difference between the two options you're considering. Personally, I think that 1920x1080 is a bit too high for a 15.6" display if you're going to be using it mainly for reading/creating text. I'm running dual 24" LED displays on my desktop computer and they're both set to 1920x1080, which I think is just right for the size and for reading text.

screenresolutions.jpg
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rindiCommented:
Why should that be too high? Today even small tablets and smartphones come with higher resolutions.

The higher the resolution, the sharper and clearer the images will be. Things looks much more natural. Today's OS's have default settings which use huge icons or tiles, even on very high resolution displays those things are still much too large. As mentioned earlier, if something is too small, you can adjust it's size to suite you, and also as mentioned earlier, you have more room on your desktop real-estate, which is also one of the main reasons I prefer high resolutions.
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BeGentleWithMe-INeedHelpAuthor Commented:
thanks guys!

Yeah, the higher the resolution, the smaller the text CAN be but at some point, you can't read it : )

we opted for the higher res.  thanks!
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Tyler VerkadeCommented:
Good, I'm glad you were able to make a decision! :)
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
Great choice over at the other question! Regards, Joe
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