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According to a number of reports, Acer plans to outfit several of its premium laptops (and one ultrabook) with high-PPI displays. Although the exact specifications are unknown, we do know that one 15.x-inch display Acer showed off boasts a resolution of 2880x1620 -- a resolution which is essentially QWXGA+. Linus Torvalds would be proud.
Acer's 16:9 screen is a different aspect ratio than the Retina Macbook Pro's 16:10, indicating it is an altogether different panel -- possibly not even made by LG. Apple's 15-inch Retina display is actually 2880x1800 thanks to its slight height advantage. Most promisingly though, certain onlookers have expressed their emphatic content with the display's color and image quality, describing Acer's demo with laudatory language like "gorgeous" and "astounding".
Since Acer's roughly 15-inch display packs a resolution greater than even a high-res 27-inch monitor, there's an obvious need for DPI scaling. Without it, items on the screen will appear too small for most users' comfort.
When it comes to Windows, Windows 8 would seem best equipped to deal with this issue. Metro has been designed from the ground-up to scale on PPI-dense displays while the "desktop" portion of Windows 8 takes into consideration even minute details like mouse cursor size. However, The Tech Report demonstrated in September that Windows 8's handling of high-PPI displays is lacking. Hopefully Microsoft will make some improvements in this area.
The word on the street is Acer won't be launching laptops equipped with these impressive, high-PPI displays until around late spring.
The Dell UltraSharp U2713HM offers a 2560x1440 display resolution with a maximum brightness of 350 cd/m2, and a grey-to-grey response time of 8ms. Connectivity options include four USB 3.0 ports, dual-link DVI, DisplayPort 1.2, HDMI, and VGA. All ports are located on the back and to the side to keep the monitor’s clean looks.
The Acer Aspire S3 is 0.51 inches thin and weighs only 2.98 pounds. Its chassis is made from magnesium alloy and under the hood it packs an Intel Core i7 processor, a 20GB solid-state drive operating system and the machine’s current state, as well as a 320GB hard drive for storage. The S3's LED-backlit display offers a 1,366 by 768-pixel resolution and is driven by the CPU's integrated Intel HD graphics 3000 graphics processor.
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