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Are you ready for a 20 inch laptop?  CNET is reporting that with notebook computer sales passing that of desktops a 20 inch laptop is the next step for OEMs.  Why would anyone want just a beast?  The better to play DVDs, my dear.  "What we […]

Are you ready for a 20 inch laptop?  CNET is reporting that with notebook computer sales passing that of desktops a 20 inch laptop is the next step for OEMs.  Why would anyone want just a beast?  The better to play DVDs, my dear. 

"What we are seeing is the commercial market driving the manufacturers," IDC analyst Richard Shim said. "In addition to watching movies or playing games, customers are appreciating that wide-screen formats let them view documents and spreadsheets side-by-side instead of scrolling up and down."

But are consumers ready to lug around a 20-inch laptop? Shim said that displays measuring 15 inches and 17 inches on the diagonal–once considered too big to carry around–are now among the more popular versions.

Widescreen laptops cost more than those with square screens but the article states that next year the prices will even out, causing more OEMs to opt for the widescreen variety.

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