One buzz in the mobile computing world right now is that of Toshiba’s Satellite U840W.  This is an ultrabook that features a unusual wide display, with a screen that’s 14.4″ in its diagonal, and an 21:9 aspect ratio.  The design is unique because it’s the first of its kind, and it provides consumers with an intriguing proposition and option of more desktop computing space on their laptops.  So now you have a super thin and light laptop with a large display with which you can be more productive on or with which you can better enjoy multimedia content on.

There’s no sense beating around the bush: It’s the screen that will immediately catch your eye when you crack open the machine’s lid. At 14.4 inches diagonally, it’s an odd overall size, but the real story is in its dimensions. With a 21:9 aspect ratio and 1792 x 768 pixels of resolution, it’s got the widest screen of any laptop I can remember — wider even than some of Sony’s niche oddities like the 8-inch P Series (1600 x 768 pixels).

You can actually watch a nearly full-size video on one side of the screen and still have room for IM and e-mail on the other. On a standard 16:9 widescreen laptop, that’s just not an option.

Why would you want such a wide screen? I’m still working on that one, but as a veteran multi-window user, I found myself surprisedly enjoying the ability to clutter up the screen with lots of layers. You can actually watch a nearly full-size video on one side of the screen and still have room for IM and e-mail on the other. On a standard 16:9 widescreen laptop, that’s just not an option.

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Current Special Offers For: Satellite 840W Ultrabooks