I was fairly comfortable with my 14" SXGA+ T21 and I had many of your concerns. I'm a heavy graphics user, usually on a desktop, but I can't bring my dual MP AMD desktop or SGI workstation in the car, so the TP was used to do a lot of transporting, editing, and viewing. My primary PC apps were/are; Visio, Photoshop, Premiere, Corel, & PowerPoint.
On the fun side, the past few years we've gone to a load of Yankee games and we've used our notebooks in the car so two guys can watch a DVD movie on the trip down, and the others can watch it on the way back. Watching a DVD on the 14" screen is really a treat when you consider how small the "personal" video screens are on planes. And the contrast, sharpness, and other stuff are all very acceptable.
I think it's a question of ergonomics (?) which in my book primarily means size and weight. If the 15" machine is much heavier than the 14" machine, I think I go with the 14". But if it's a wash, then I guess it's only money.
You know, you go into Costco and see those Akai and No-Name 42/46 plasma TVs and you're blown away, wish you could get one tomorrow. Truth of the matter is they are not really HDTVs, only enhanced definition TVs. But my point is that the picture is SO good compared to what you're used to, you won't pay much attention to the difference unless you're looking at them side by side, meaning the $8,000 Pioneer vs the $3299 No-Name. I have a friend who has one of the $8,000 Pioneers, and yeah... it's impressive as hell, but that's way too much money to spend on a TV IMHO.
Honestly, I haven't seen or used a flex-view TP and I'm sure it's awesome, but it's also probably out of my league or beyond my priorities. If money is no object, you could simply take the leap and get the latest & greatest adn damm the ergonomics. And how wrong can you go when buying an IBM ThinkPad?
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