I was told by a guy in, don't laugh now (PC World) when talking about laptops and wide screans; "if you want to have your photographs seen as normal don't buy a wide screen anything". I was thinking of a laptop at the time, which all seem to be wide these days. He kind of scared me off them with that comment. Hardly ever see standard 4X3 screens on laptops any more. So I just opted for a 19" 4X3 standard monitor instead and shelved the idea of the laptop.
My picture software (Zoombrowser from Canon) allows me to choose formats including things like "best fit" or whatever to keep the aspect ratio of the picture correct.
The issue for me is the overall height of the screen so a 19 inch normal aspect monitor would need a larger widescreen to maintain the same height and therefore picture image size.
The reason I would go widescreen is not for films but for the day when Vista is more affordable. The various widgets like clock and so on fit the screen much better with a widescreen and as a result do not take screen space up in the same way as it would on standard aspect screens.
I would agree with the previous positive comments concerning wide screen monitors. After much research I opted for a 20 inch model and have had no problems with photos. I have discovered many advantages over my previous 4x3 monitor but no disadvantages and I do not play films.
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