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Preparing for Widescreen (27 Mar 2006)
The metrics of screen width are already beginning to change. A quick glance at the Web sites for Dell, HP/Compaq and Gateway shows that at least 75% of laptops are now offered with widescreens. From this point forward, new laptop buyers will be widescreen users, meaning more and more people will be browsing the Web at 1280800 resolution (the default for 15.4-inch widescreens). Desktop monitors of this proportion are still too expensive for the mainstream (rarely retailing for under $700). That will change in the next few years as they begin to trickle into the marketplace, but for a while, the range of user screen widths will be large - most people will be viewing Web sites at 800, 1280 or 1600 pixels wide.
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