Re: A slice off the top
@Saul, re 1920 x 1200
Good luck, and if you do find a laptop that sports that resolution, kindly report back here. Thankyou!
Various theories regarding the disappearance of 16:10 laptop screens that I have heard (I'm not commenting on plausibility):
1. Panel makers are used making to 16:9 television sets
2. Laptop makers think that people only use them for watching movies, or using spreadsheets with lots of columns and few rows.
3. Laptops are increasingly being sold on battery life. A 16:9 laptop screen of a given diagonal dimension is smaller than a 16:10 screen, which is in turn smaller than a 4:3 screen. Smaller screens use less power.
4. laptops are often sold on cost. For the same reasons above, a 16:9 15" screen is cheaper than a 16:10 15" screen.
None of these theorised reasons benefit the end user. From an ergonomic standpoint, the centre of a widescreen monitor is lower than that of a taller screen, so is worse for the posture of the user.
There is a laptop maker that doesn't try to compete purely on numbers... but they don't start cheap, and may not make the hardware configuration that one requires. You know who I'm talking about. For all their perceived faults, I'm glad they exist. When my Core 2 1920 x 1200 Dell eventually dies, I will give them serious thought.