Panasonic Toughbook J9 Black Style

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The screen is really crisp and bright, with a very high resolution (1366×768) for such a 10.1” display. When browsing, I sometimes found fonts too small to read comfortably, but this is really a matter of taste, and the extra high image quality more than makes up for it.

Apple’s new 11.6-inch MacBook Air has a pixel format of 1366×768. This smallest of MacBooks has the highest resolution with 135PPI (read: Macs: Huge Resolution Range). The 10.1-inch LCD on the Panasonic Toughbook J9 Black Style beats it with 155PPI. But high resolution can be wasted.

High resolution is like a double-edged sword: when the UI takes full advantage of it things look wonderful. The difference between an iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4 is remarkable: text and graphics are sharper.

Windows squanders the extra resolution and instead of making things sharper they get smaller. The Toughbook J9 suffers from Windows’ inability to take advantage of the high-end display. The only real benefit of high resolution displays on a Windows machine is when you’re working on visual stuff like images and photographs. OS X is guilty of wasting resolution, too. We need to get to Resolution Independence.