Laptops: Are They Measured Diagonally?

If you’re in the market for a new laptop, then you might have noticed that some laptops are measured diagonally and others are measured in length. This may seem like an arbitrary decision on the part of manufacturers, but it actually affects the way you shop and how much you spend. If you know how to properly read the specifications of your laptop, then you’ll get exactly what you need without getting something that won’t fit into your bag or will be too heavy to carry around. In this article, we explain how laptops are measured and explain how it affects the way you buy them.

The Correct Way to Measure a Laptop:

The size of a laptop is generally measured by its diagonal screen size. But, do you really know how to measure a laptop properly? Here are some things to consider when making your purchase. The first thing is to be aware of what purpose you want your laptop for. Some laptops have touch screens while others don’t; it’s also important to consider whether or not you want a tablet as well because they generally will have more display space than regular laptops. The second thing to think about is how big of a screen you want and just how portable do you really need it to be? If your goal is having something that can easily fit in a small purse, then getting something too large with an extremely high resolution might not be ideal for your needs.

How is Display Size (Diagonal) Usually Stated on the Web?

Web designers and buyers sometimes reference display size by diagonal inches or cm. This can cause confusion for consumers who are unaware of how diagonal measurements are taken. To find out how diagonal inches and cm are calculated, it’s helpful to first discuss how a display’s dimensions are measured horizontally and vertically. When a device is fully turned on, its sides measure 14 (width) by 10 (height), from corner to corner. So if you were to take a ruler and draw straight lines across each side of your screen, you would get two sets of horizontal measurements that add up to 14. The same goes for vertical measurement lines drawn along each side; they would add up to 10. Now that we know how horizontal and vertical measurements are taken, let’s look at diagonal measurement lines drawn across our screen.

These would be drawn from one corner to another opposite corner in an X shape. Diagonal measurement lines always intersect at 90 degrees, so when drawing them over your screen, make sure you keep them perfectly parallel with one another as well as perpendicular with horizontal and vertical measurement lines.

Do Actual Screen Sizes Matter When Buying a New Laptop?

Many consumers think that if a laptop’s screen size is smaller than its measurements, it must be a good deal. After all, it’s cheaper and fits into a smaller space. However, laptops aren’t measured diagonally like televisions or smartphones—which can make comparing them difficult. To know how much screen space you have available to work with on your laptop, it’s important to know two measurements for each device: width and length in inches. Typically, laptops with screen sizes that are close to their actual dimensions (i.e., 11-inch display versus 11-inch computer) offer more real estate for viewing webpages and applications.

How Important Is Screen Size in General?

Size isn’t everything. There are other factors that also determine a laptop’s price, such as its resolution, processor, weight and battery life. That said, bigger screens mean more viewing real estate, which is always welcome. If you plan to watch a lot of videos or multitask on your laptop (i.e., work and use social media at once), then you might want to consider a 17-inch display. Even if you don’t watch movies or play games regularly, larger displays can make using multiple windows much easier than it would be with a smaller screen—particularly if your laptop doesn’t have touch capabilities.

Daniel Azree
Daniel is the founder CEO of Laptopsea and other Gaming Websites. A website that provides buying guides and information on pc components. He has a passion for writing, and he loves to write about anything related to pc components.