Several manufacturers now offer laptops with a screen of 14 or 16.1 inches respectively in frames of 13.3 or 15.6 inches. A laptop with a bigger screen in a format that doesn’t move?
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Tested a few days ago, Huawei’s MateBook D16 is part of the trend for laptops sold with a larger panel, but whose footprint does not change. In other words, these 16.1-inch laptops retain the dimensions of 15.6-inch models. At least that’s how they are sold by their manufacturer’s marketing departments.
To achieve this, the manufacturers act on the screen borders. This technique was inaugurated a few years ago in mobile telephony where the screen borders have become thinner and thinner over the generations. To the point that some models no longer have borders on the sides. Laptops follow this trend which offers the manufacturer two choices: reduce the size of the portable device or increase the size of the screen without affecting the overall footprint.
Most tend to lean towards the second possibility. However, the difference in size is relatively small between a 13.3-inch and a 14-inch slab (1.77 cm apart) or between a 15.6-inch and a 16.1-inch slab (1, 11 cm). With the reduction of the screen borders, it is thus easy for a manufacturer to introduce a 14 or 16.1 inch panel in a 13.3 or 15.6 inch frame. That’s what Huawei did with the MateBook D16, with the top and side edges measuring just 4.9mm. Other manufacturers do the same with the 14-inch tiles that they can fit into 13.3-inch frames. The difference in size is once again minimal.
However, integrating larger panels with thinner edges is a headache for sales teams, as the buyer often has a clear idea of the screen size they want. In an online store, he will tend to select filters to display only 15.6-inch references, for example, not having in mind that a 16.1-inch model will ultimately offer the same size. It is therefore no longer necessarily necessary to reason in terms of screen size – although this is a good starting point – but of space. To do this, do not hesitate to go to the store (when possible) to assess the size of your future laptop or consult our tests where this point is systematically addressed.