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Common device terms

All about device screens and displays

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There are a few things to consider when selecting a device display, from its size and resolution to whether it's a touchscreen. Your device's form, like a laptop or a tablet, can also impact your experience. Learn how these factors affect the look and function of your screen.

  • Screen size measures how big the display is. It's measured diagonally, with commons sizes of 12 to 15 inches.

  • A bigger screen will allow you to see more windows and apps at once, though the screen will weigh more than a smaller screen.

  • Resolution measures how many pixels are on your screen. The more pixels, the sharper your display will be.

  • Full high-definition, or HD, measures 1920 x 1080 pixels. 4K, sometimes called Ultra HD, measures 3840 x 2160 pixels.

  • You can interact with touchscreen devices using your fingertips or sometimes a digital pen, which lets you write on your PC like it's a piece of paper.

  • Besides a standard laptop, consider a tablet for portability or a 2-in-1, which looks like a laptop but can fold into a tablet or spin its screen around.

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