I've often wondered
Seriously though, this Asus I'm using (not mine thank god, and thankfully I'm using an external keyboard and mouse) is a perfect example of how pointless widescreen is, it's a huge 15.4 inch beast and yet there's 3 vertical inches of unused space, in a laptop which is 4:3 in shape...
Why is the market so sensitive to silly people suddenly (and probably fleetingly) wanting to watch films absolutely everywhere and everywhen? it's not even as if that's a good argument anyway, as laptops are already too small for real cinema use, and if you're staring up close at a small screen on a train all screns are big enough whatever their shape, and jesus, people even use video ipods...
And the idea that more width = more desktop space? who dreamed that up?
As I've said elsewhere, widescreen was intended for side by side document viewing, and I've known no one to use it for such, especially not on a small laptop screen where fonts are already too small.
As for keeping keyboards wide, above 12in we already know the x60 manages a good keyboard which is looks as wide as the Air's... below it, I think I'd put up with a marginally smaller keyboard to get the proper screen format, but this is another territory which isn't so easily dictated to by the main laptop market. Widescreen is acceptible here anyway.
As for desktops with much larger screens, these is much more practical for cinema and double document viewing.
Someone please explain this lunacy!
thanks for the place to rant, Bill.