I needed a new laptop (have not had one for years) and a nice Dell was just announced at CES 2015 – the XPS 13 2015 model.
Got the new laptop a couple days ago, it defaults to a resolution of 3200 x 1800, it needs to use Windows desktop display scaling at 200% or everything on the screen is so small you can’t read anything unless you are superman.
At this point I don’t see the advantage of a high resolution display and then having to boost everything up by 200%. Essentially you are reducing your screen resolution though the enlargement process. What happens if you try and enlarge a photo, have you ever tried it? You loose resolution of the photo, you can’t create something out of nothing.
When an application does not specifically support display scaling the application ends up looking very blurry. My main text editor for development is Suplime Text, the latest non beta is version 2… it does not support display scaling so the text is blurry and impossible to work with (it is supported in the newer beta builds).
I tried explaining this to a friend but he did not get the point, suggested I may need glasses. So here are a couple screen shots to demonstrate the problem, without using display scaling. A firefox browser is on the screen, sized to 1024×768 on both screen shots so you have a point of reference on both images.
This resolution may actually be a little small on a 13 inch screen for some. I still have 20/20 vision despite my age and decades of 8+ hours of computer usage every day so the resolution seems about right for me.
Notice how much smaller the firefox window is in the second screen shot – and look at the desktop icons and the icons in the toolbar on the bottom. On a small 13 inch screen they are impossible to see, even with 20/20 vision.
There is nothing wrong with the product itself, the issue is putting a high resolution display in such a small screen. If you take a high resolution display and need to zoom everything up 200% so you can see it, why bother with the high resolution display?
I paid a premium to get this model laptop, but in the end it is not worth it. A native screen resolution of anything higher than 1920 x 1080 in a 13 in inch display just seems wasted.