Mine eyes have seen the glory of the screen, now that I’ve come to realize that 12 and 13 inch screens without graphics processors, no longer work for me.
What’s happening is that my vision is changing as i get older; and i’m on a particular medicine that affects my sight.
So, tiny displays are now off my menu of personal choices. Which means I’m now back to toting heavier portables in the heyday of thin and lights.
I would much rather bare the burden of a heavier book bag-- assuming any notebook I use has transcontinental flight battery life than suffer eyestrain cause by squinting at tiny screens jam packed with itty bitty characters.
It’s a simple decision for me: usability and functionality versus fashionable design.
When I decided I needed a new computer that was a fit for my declining eyesight I turned to a brand i have the most familiarity with, Lenovo and bought a Lenovo ideapad 320 with a 15 inch screen. Although it uses an I7 processor, its performance of day to day tasks (i.e. word processing, presentation graphics and entertainment is satisfactory but this notebook needs to be dialed down ( reduced screen brightness, and turning of WiFI and Bluetooth) to achieve true transcontinental flight battery life, although I use Google apps-- which require wifi or other connectivity mechanisms-- this machine’s battery life issues forced me back to Microsoft Office.
There are other notebooks that fulfill my requirements and one of these is Acer’s 7 series.
Notebook makers today are marketing to real world market requirements, formost is the need to use portables for entertainment apps.
My immediate workarounds today for any notebook is t io adjust the size of the screen text and to make 12 point type my native text editing font size.
TO put a point on it, like millions of other retired or about to retire Americans, my vision isn’t what it use to be, and, even though larger screen formats eat into my power budget, I’ll take that hit, rather than chomp acetaminophen to get rid of an eye strain headaches.
After going through three vision prescriptions in less than nine months, I'm jumping off the itty bitty screen and tteeny tiny type bandwagons in favor of full-figured screens --14 inches or wider. Jim Forbes on April 29, 2018.