17" gaming laptop with 1920x1200 screen
January 25, 2013 12:36 PM   Subscribe

Is anyone still manufacturing high-end laptops with 1920x1200 (not 1920x1080) screens? I'm looking for a luggable/7.5 to 8 pound size, 17" screen laptop, Ivy Bridge based Core i7 CPU with a serious dedicated GPU and 1920x1200 screen. Everything I can find uses 1920x1080. Battery life is not a concern, this would be used in a role like an occasionally relocated, folding desktop PC.
posted by thewalrus to Computers & Internet (7 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Any of the gaming PC companies, like Alienware or Asus's Republic of Gamers should have something that fits your needs.
posted by thewumpusisdead at 12:47 PM on January 25, 2013

Response by poster: Nope, I checked. They do meet the spec other than the 1920x1080 screen (3GB dedicated higher-end Nvidia GPU, for example) but neither ASUS or Dell-Alienware offer 1920x1200.
posted by thewalrus at 12:53 PM on January 25, 2013

Best answer: His point is that laptops are increasingly shipping with 16:9 screens instead of the older 16:10 ones. Considering that most laptops are manufactured by the same handful of ODMs in Taiwan, it's unlikely. I spot-checked Alienware, Sager, and RoG, and they're all using 16:9 screens. I checked newegg, the only thing they had at 1920x1200 was a refurbished 17" MacBook Pro, which was discontinued last year anyway.
posted by Oktober at 12:54 PM on January 25, 2013 [2 favorites]

You could, however, get a 15" retina MacBook Pro and bootcamp it, the native resolution is 2880-by-1800, but it can scale it to exactly 1920x1200, albeit on a 15" screen.
posted by Oktober at 12:56 PM on January 25, 2013

Just out of curiosity, what difference does it make?
posted by Dasein at 1:03 PM on January 25, 2013

Response by poster: It would be nice to have the extra 120 pixels for gaming and CAD. However, if it's not available I'll have to buy whatever's on the market. The Macbook Pro is not enough GPU-power and too small of a screen, it's thermally constrained by how thin it is... The serious gaming laptops all have huge heatsinks and 35W-45W TDP CPUs. There's some ASUS models around $1300 from Newegg that look suitable.
posted by thewalrus at 1:06 PM on January 25, 2013

Dell Outlet still has these sometimes. The screens are WUXGA 1920x1200. Here's one example--you have to use the left navigation to select screen size of 17" to see the result.
posted by yellowcandy at 3:04 PM on January 25, 2013

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