Samsung Ativ Book 9 Plus

David Pierce, The Verge:

Samsung and fabulous excess get along beautifully, and nowhere is that more clear than on the Book 9 Plus’ 13.3-inch, 3200 x 1800 display. The screen is high-res and incredibly beautiful, with vibrant colors, fantastic touch response, and nearly perfect viewing angles. But it’s telling that the screen is set by default to 1920 x 1080: when you crank its resolution all the way up, nearly everything about Windows becomes small enough to make you squint 3 inches from the screen in order to use the computer. It even warns you: “Screen resolution is very high. Double click here to change it.”

Having all the extra pixels makes even the “low” 1080p resolution look better than ever, though, with crisper text and more detailed images. Just like with the MacBook Pro with Retina Display, it’s probably a bad idea to use this screen to its fullest extent, but it’s a great display no matter how you slice it.

A 3200×1800 native pixel format LCD used with a 1920×1080 virtual pixel format setting shouldn’t be all that great. What should be great is a 3840×2160 native pixel format used with a 1920×1080 virtual pixel format; each virtual pixel uses 2×2 native pixels. I’m stubbornly waiting for a 17-inch MacBook Pro with 4096×2160 or 4K.