Size and Display

Now days laptops have started to come in all sizes and shapes with dozens of hardware configuration. So, picking one for your work can be a little confusing. After you have correlated hard drive size and wireless network speed, start considering the laptops display types and things which you need for your work.

Understanding basic things related to laptop displays can help you in making some smart choice while buying a laptop.


Laptops size can vary from very small ten inch netbooks laptops that is designed for normal word processing and internet surfing to hefty seventeen inch or larger screens whose size can be equal to desktop monitor.

Both the size of laptops is advantageous and it all depends upon the needs and uses. Larger screens can come handy for editing and graphics software, whereas laptops with small display makes it easier and lighter for placing into small bags which gets a plus point for travelling purpose.

Display types

The conventional computers desktop uses display made of cathode ray tube, but in laptops it uses liquid crystal display (LCD) technology. This LCD display is dividing in three different types:

• Transmissive

• Transflective

• Reflective

Other laptop display difference which one can check out is whether screen is backlit LEDs or widescreen.

What are transmissive, reflective and Transflective display?

• Transmissive display: these are the most common LCD screens which are used in laptops because they are best to compromise between low price and high quality. Transmissive display uses slim film transistor which lets on current to path through it by lighting up the diodes. The only downside of this display is that backlight can get overpowered by intense light or sun while being used in outdoor conditions.

• Reflective display: this display is almost similar to the transmissive display, except one thing that they don’t have same backlighting like in the transmissive display. This can be known be advantage of using reflective display. But it does make this display appear dull when used in indoor conditions.

• Transflective display: this display version is a hybrid of transmissive display and reflective display technology which allows LCD to work like transmissive display indoors and reflective display outdoors. The only problem with transflective display is its production price.


Just like television, many laptop manufactures have started to use widescreen ration for laptops display, by making changes in that conventional full screen choice. Widescreen ration gives natural view field and allows movies with widescreen to take entire display when played.

Backlit LED display

Laptops display has started to value LED lights as for the backlighting purpose of screen. These LED lights takes less amount of power that makes the battery to last longer than usual. Displays which are having backlit displays are thinner than usual displays which make them a bit more costly than other display types.

Now, when you have an appropriate knowledge about laptop display types you could choose the perfect one for yourself easily.