mckinnej wrote:You're spot on there. I bought this same laptop a few weeks ago at a warehouse store. (Mine has the AMD processor, 8GB RAM, and 1TB HD.) It was awesome up until I noticed I had to constantly scroll up and down to see an entire screen. A little research and I discovered that most Win8 laptops are crippled with this 1366x768 junk. It's okay if you're in Metro, but if you're using the desktop (like everyone I know), it isn't enough. 1080 should be the minimum. Heck, my 10" tablet has that much, why not a 15" laptop? I'm taking mine back to the store today and I'm buying something with a real screen.
1366x768 might be low in terms of vertical screen real estate, but it could actually be better for some people than having 1080p on the same size screen. Many applications, particularly older ones, are only designed to work with a fixed font size, and on a 15 inch, 1080p monitor, their text may appear uncomfortably small for many. A 10" tablet at that resolution may be less likely to have an issue with that, since its interfaces are generally designed to be more scalable.
There's also the potential issue of performance. A 1920x1080 screen has about twice as many pixels as a 1366x768 screen, and rendering those additional pixels on lower-end hardware is likely to result in reduced performance. This would be especially evident with games running at the screen's native resolution on the laptop's integrated graphics, but also could result in less smooth scrolling at more demanding websites, for example. To maintain the same performance on a higher resolution screen, you'll also need somewhat higher powered hardware to back it up, and as a result, the cost of the laptop would increase more.
Of course, this vertical resolution issue is more a problem due the industry's move to 16:9 widescreen formats than anything. If notebooks like this had a 15" 4:3 aspect ratio screen with a comparable resolution of 1280x960, there would be a lot less wasted space when browsing the web and doing other common desktop tasks.