As part of my paperless experiment I’m slowly moving my data to PDFs I’ve really started to notice the difference in resolution between my various computers. I recently got a new laptop with a 17 inch 1920x 1200. My previous laptop had the same sized screen but only 1440 x 900 pixels.
On my older laptop it was difficult to read a full sized PDF–especially if the print was small. On my new laptop I’m finding that I can read print that was unreadable at the lower resolution.
Here is a screen shot from the older laptop with the lower resolution monitor:
If you are good at guessing you might be able to read it, but it is going to be difficult. Here is the same size (relative to the screen) capture on the higher resolution monitor:
The text is still small but it is much easier to read. Now I know looking at this post, the second example is much bigger, but keep in mind they are actually the same size on the two screens. The second one is bigger because it has more pixels. (I guess I should have enlarged the lower resolution one so you could see the comparison, but I don’t have photoshop installed on the new computer just yet.)
If you want to go paperless pay just as much attention to the resolution of the screen as you do to the physical size.