Something I agree with
Although getting rid of 16:9 laptops entirely is a bit much, I would really like to see 4:3 laptops available again. Let the marketplace decide! For TV’s, 16:9 is great. For computing devices (especially laptops and tablets) I loathe it.
I’ve learned to buy 16:9 displays and rotate them. Most will rotate nicely, and 9:16 is sometimes even better than 4:3, but I sure do miss 4:3!
I’ve been known to do that, too. But at best, it’s a compromise. Yes, I understand that a lot of media is 16:9. But the rest of the world is not. People who defend 16:9 don’t realize it’s a 4:3 screen with it’s top lopped off. You still get the full cinematic experience on 4:3, but with some black bars. On the other hand, everything I do on the laptop (which is not watching videos) suffers because it’s squished.
The article I link to on my blog has a great collection of screenshots as an example.