Chromebooks 1366 x 768 or 1920 x 1080?



  • So the Chomebook I was going to order is out of stock everywhere for roughly a week.

    I was going to order the Acer 15.6 inch 1366 x 768 model.

    The couple that are going to use it are elderly and I figured the lower resolution would be good for them, less straining.

    I can pickup the next model up, only around $40 more, but it has the 1920 x 1080 display.

    Has anyone used both of these and willing to offer any thoughts?

    Something else I am wondering - does it matter?

    Chrome (or any browser really) seems to handle scaling pretty well on my Windows machines without losing functionality, so I'm wondering if getting the higher rez would be ok, and just setting it to 120% or something...

    Thoughts?



  • With either one you can always change the default font size, and train the user how to zoom. I think the 1920x1080 would be fine. The biggest thing I have seen between Chomebooks is avoid the 2GB RAM models. It really needs 4 to work well.


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    The question is... how well does the zooming work? On Windows 10, zooming breaks a lot of applications that depend on the zoom ratio being 100%. I don't believe that Chromebooks have any such issue, but who knows.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    The question is... how well does the zooming work? On Windows 10, zooming breaks a lot of applications that depend on the zoom ratio being 100%. I don't believe that Chromebooks have any such issue, but who knows.

    Does it break the games you were telling me about before?


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    @Dashrender said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    The question is... how well does the zooming work? On Windows 10, zooming breaks a lot of applications that depend on the zoom ratio being 100%. I don't believe that Chromebooks have any such issue, but who knows.

    Does it break the games you were telling me about before?

    On Windows, yes. Almost always. It's a bizarre, but very common problem for that community. And Windows 10 has an issue where it scales without your permission sometimes. We've had a Windows 10 laptop scale right in front of us while we were discussing scaling issues and how there is no good way to lock it to 100%.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @Dashrender said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    The question is... how well does the zooming work? On Windows 10, zooming breaks a lot of applications that depend on the zoom ratio being 100%. I don't believe that Chromebooks have any such issue, but who knows.

    Does it break the games you were telling me about before?

    On Windows, yes. Almost always. It's a bizarre, but very common problem for that community. And Windows 10 has an issue where it scales without your permission sometimes. We've had a Windows 10 laptop scale right in front of us while we were discussing scaling issues and how there is no good way to lock it to 100%.

    on any browser or only IE/Edge?


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    @Dashrender said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    @Dashrender said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    The question is... how well does the zooming work? On Windows 10, zooming breaks a lot of applications that depend on the zoom ratio being 100%. I don't believe that Chromebooks have any such issue, but who knows.

    Does it break the games you were telling me about before?

    On Windows, yes. Almost always. It's a bizarre, but very common problem for that community. And Windows 10 has an issue where it scales without your permission sometimes. We've had a Windows 10 laptop scale right in front of us while we were discussing scaling issues and how there is no good way to lock it to 100%.

    on any browser or only IE/Edge?

    Windows itself.



  • @scottalanmiller said:

    @Dashrender said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    @Dashrender said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    The question is... how well does the zooming work? On Windows 10, zooming breaks a lot of applications that depend on the zoom ratio being 100%. I don't believe that Chromebooks have any such issue, but who knows.

    Does it break the games you were telling me about before?

    On Windows, yes. Almost always. It's a bizarre, but very common problem for that community. And Windows 10 has an issue where it scales without your permission sometimes. We've had a Windows 10 laptop scale right in front of us while we were discussing scaling issues and how there is no good way to lock it to 100%.

    on any browser or only IE/Edge?

    Windows itself.

    Eh? are you saying that Windows 10 just changes from 1920x1080 to some other resolution - just randomly? What video chipset?


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    @Dashrender said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    @Dashrender said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    @Dashrender said:

    @scottalanmiller said:

    The question is... how well does the zooming work? On Windows 10, zooming breaks a lot of applications that depend on the zoom ratio being 100%. I don't believe that Chromebooks have any such issue, but who knows.

    Does it break the games you were telling me about before?

    On Windows, yes. Almost always. It's a bizarre, but very common problem for that community. And Windows 10 has an issue where it scales without your permission sometimes. We've had a Windows 10 laptop scale right in front of us while we were discussing scaling issues and how there is no good way to lock it to 100%.

    on any browser or only IE/Edge?

    Windows itself.

    Eh? are you saying that Windows 10 just changes from 1920x1080 to some other resolution - just randomly? What video chipset?

    Not resolution changing, scaling changing. Windows has a percentage scaling setting. By default on the last several Windows 10 laptops it was always 120% or 125%, don't remember exactly, but many apps, especially games, will choke with anything but straight 100%.



  • awww - yes OK I know this setting - but I can't say I've ever seen it change without you changing it.. and changing it always required at minimum logging off, if not rebooting.


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    @Dashrender said:

    awww - yes OK I know this setting - but I can't say I've ever seen it change without you changing it.. and changing it always required at minimum logging off, if not rebooting.

    It changes on the fly now. And go look at a Windows 10 machine with at least a 1080p res and see if 100% IS the default or not. I bet it is not.

    We've seen it change itself on a couple of machines now.

    As I was typing this the stupid crappy Intel HD driver died but "recovered." I really hate Intel parts.



  • I'm on a desktop now, and it's 1920x1080 and set to 100%, but I'll check my laptop at home.



  • Mine's 1920x1080. It's the Toshiba CB35-B3340. It has a 13.3" screen, but the 1920x1080 is small. Setting the resolution lower actually isn't that bad looking, and you can zoom in on chrome if needed.



  • @johnhooks said:

    Mine's 1920x1080. It's the Toshiba CB35-B3340. It has a 13.3" screen, but the 1920x1080 is small. Setting the resolution lower actually isn't that bad looking, and you can zoom in on chrome if needed.

    yeah I don't want to change the resolution - but if setting the scaling to 130% or something makes the screen look closer in physical size to 1366x768 - and it's stable, unlike the problems Scott's experiencing, that could be doable.

    I think of it like this. Apple increased the resolution on the iPad to some ridiculous high density res, but the icons stayed nearly the same physical size (and so did everything else). This type of situation would be my end goal.



  • And now to top it off, the vendor now has them in stock.


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