Netbooks: Higher than 1024×600 resolution?

One of my more nagging problems with a lot of locally available netbooks is the low resolution screen. While 1024 x 600 pixels is fine for regular web browsing, there are important softwares out there that require higher resolution and just wouldn’t work with most netbooks.

A reader sent in an email question asking for netbooks that support at least 1024×768 pixel resolution. Imaging softwares like Canon Digital Photo Professional (I use this one to process raw images), Adobe Camera Raw and ULead PhotoImpact needs at least 1024×768 pixels (preferably 1024×800) in order to work.

Here is a very short list of netbooks that are capable of such resolution or better:

Acer Aspire One AO751h : 11.6″ @ 1366×768 pixels

Gateway LT 3102i : 11.6″ @ 1366×768 pixels

Sony Vaio P : 8″ @ 1600×768 pixels

Sony Vaio W: 10.1″ @ 1366×768 pixels (available by 1st week of August)

Gigabyte M912 : 8.9″ at 1280×768 pixels

HP Mini 2133 : 8.9″ at 1280×800 pixels

Here are some netbooks that also support that resolution but are still not available in the Philippines:

HP Mini 2140 HD : 10.1″ @ 1366×768 pixels

Dell Mini 10 : 10″ @ 1366×768 pixels

Dell Mini 12: 12.1″ @ 1200×800 pixels

Samsung NC20: 12.1″ @ 1280×800 pixels

There are also netbooks, like the MSI Wind U100, that have a native resolution of 1024×600 but is capable of displaying 1024×768 on extended display mode. Only problem is that you get a scrolling desktop.

21 Comments on this Post

  1. sherwin

    different strokes for different folks.

    it’s gonna be hard din to edit photos using those little screens. no one thing could satisfy all naman eh, like netbooks, they all have some “design functions”.

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  2. How about HP 5101?.

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  3. Even the 1024×576 HP Mini 2140 will support 1024×768 extended mode, via a scrolling desktop. I think any XP-powered netbook with 1024 pixels across can do this – all you have to do is enter Control Panel -> Display -> Settings -> Advanced -> Adapter and click on the “List All Modes” button – every display iteration supported by the video card – whether or not it is supported by the built-in LCD display – will be selectable. Choose 1024×768 and you’re good to go with a vertical scrolling display.

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  4. Yeah, I agree that 1024×600 is too small. I own an Asus EEPC 1000H and there are some programs I can’t run well because I need to set the screen to 1024×768 Scrolling Mode to see everything… apparently the graphics takes a bad performance hit when you do that so the applications become almost unusable.

    It’s too bad that the Acer and the Gateway all come packaged with Vista. Maybe I’ll wait a few months until they’re sold with Windows 7 installed natively.

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  5. Thanks for answering my email question, Abe. You’re the best!!!

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  6. That is why we called it netbook – less powerful. ;)

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  7. wait for the next apple netbook…

    http://tinyurl.com/applenetbookdesign

    looking forward for its release early next year.

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  8. Dell Mini 12 is already available at the Dell Store at SM Northwing here in Cebu…

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  9. Darren

    shouldn’t we emphasize focus mostly on web-surfing and easy documentation and quick-email-checking for a netbook?

    using a photo-editing program on a netbook, the lousy CPU performance will drive you crazy and not to mention to expect a better resolution of LCD

    let netbooks be netbooks!

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  10. i agree with Darren. Although I have photoshop in my Asus but only to resize my pics and save for web. but yeah, netbooks should only be used mainly for browsing, writing and maybe watching downloaded vids. if you want to use it for graphics software then hook it up on an external monitor.

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  11. Higher than 1024×600 resolution?

    you’ll need a bionic eye to do that!!! maduduling ka na nyan sa sobrang liit! wahaha!

    netbooks are just for surfing and encoding only.

    you are expecting t0o much on your netbook! parang gusto mong patakbuhin ung netbook mo na volkswagen beetle na parang ferrari sports car! wahaha!

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  12. hey yuga I remember you posting back then a Lenovo laptop or netbook rather with an Nvidia gpu. I wonder if that already available here? I guess that would have a higher resolution too.

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  13. Mirror

    Mark Wrote:
    Yeah, I agree that 1024×600 is too small. I own an Asus EEPC 1000H and there are some programs I can’t run well because I need to set the screen to 1024×768 Scrolling Mode to see everything… apparently the graphics takes a bad performance hit when you do that so the applications become almost unusable.

    It’s too bad that the Acer and the Gateway all come packaged with Vista. Maybe I’ll wait a few months until they’re sold with Windows 7 installed natively.

    Carl Wrote:
    lol xD

    http://dloadtech.blogspot.com

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  14. On Asus netbooks, you can set 1024 x 768 without the scroll when you select “compact mode”… the thing is is kinda distorts the fonts… and sometimes too slow when scrolling pages…

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  15. Bakit wala nang EEE PC?

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  16. Netbooks for photo editing? That sounds wrong for some reason…if you want to edit photos or videos use a desktop. :D I agree with Unknown Soldier besides you get what you pay for with netbooks, they are there to use for basic productivity tasks, web surfing & watching low res video.

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  17. Why do guys ask for something that netbooks aren’t designed for in the first place?

    like what its name suggests, its designed for browsing and not for Photoshop or rendering videos or editing Raw format pictures for crying out loud.

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  18. @Doink and Rich – that’s what exactly the laptop manufacturers wanted consumers to think — that netbooks are “just” for browsing. The netbook terms was coined to give that impression. However, other manufacturers would not use the term netbooks and call them mini-notebooks or ultraportable. It’s a marketing strategy.

    I was doing Photoshop and Premiere on my PC that was running a Pentium III 350MHz with 512MB RAM for 6 years. My 1.6GHz netbook with 2GB of RAM is way faster than that PC.

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  19. yo, next person who reads this, pleez tell meh the solution to my question:
    how to do i get my *underlined>* DELL LATITUDE 2100
    to run a 1024×768 res or even a 800X600 res ill be happy! i need my stoopid windows 7 to stop thinking its a win 7 and start thinking its a windows 5!(XP pro) ok thx, email ur response to meh, worior411@hotmail.com
    you will truely be godblessed if you help me since i am your god and i will guarantee your benefits will be met by my minions. thankyou

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  20. sir yuga…paki update po…naghahanap kasi ako ng laptop na 1366×768 ang screen resolution. salamat and more power!

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