Sunday, February 20, 2011

Screen size for scanned music


From left to right: HP TC1100 (10.4” 4:3), Motion LE1600 (12” 4:3), HP 2730p (12.1” 16:9)

While it may not matter how big the screen is when reading reflowable, scrolling music (like with SmartMusic), it matters a lot when reading from scans.  The biggest display for this kind of music is the 12” 4:3 screen of the Motion LE1600.  While the HP 2730p is also 12”, you can see how much is lost by using a widescreen display with what used to be 8.5x11 paper. 

None of these options is close to real paper though.  I still think bigger would be better.



  1. It's great to see those side-by-side. Somethign most users wouldn't be able to do.

    The size is clearly better on the Motion LE1600, but from your pic it looks like the lighting on the HP2730p might be easier on the eyes.


  2. I had then all at their highest brightness for comparison. The LE1600 could be turned down to match the 2730p. In practice (and performance) the extra screen space turned out to be much more valuable than anything else.