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From this article, you will know how laptop screens are measured.

Many people use laptops nowadays. They have become an essential thing to support the way we do our work every day. When we try to determine what laptop we should use for our work, one of the things that we might consider is the laptop screen size.

Laptop screen size, which determines the laptop’s overall size too, can affect the laptop portability, viewport, and general level of specifications. Therefore, we might want to know the exact way how laptop screens are measured so we can decide our laptop preference better. If you want to learn that now, then you have come to the right article.

Want to know more about the measurement way of a laptop screen size? Read this article until its last part!

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How Laptop Screens are Measured

How Laptop Screens are Measured The Illustration of a Laptop Screen Size

The measurement of a laptop screen is done diagonally. It is either from the top left side of your laptop screen to its bottom right side or from the top right side of your laptop screen to its bottom left side.

This diagonal measurement is the longest distance on a laptop screen and this is what is usually used by laptop brands to inform customers of their laptop screen size (or their laptop overall size too, for that matter).

The important thing to remember too is the measurement of a laptop screen doesn’t include its bezel or plastic edge. So, be careful there if you want to get the correct size of your laptop screen.

Sizes of Laptop Screens

Laptop screen sizes vary from 10 to 18 inches.

The most popular one seems to be 15.6 inches. Other popular sizes include:
Laptops with a screen size of 10 and 18 inches are rare (usually in the size of 10.1 or 18.4 inches, if any). It seems they are too small or too big for a laptop to many people’s liking.

Inch to Cm to Inch in Laptop Screen Size

You usually do your measurement in cm and you want to know the size of your laptop screen in that measurement unit?

One inch roughly equals 2.54 cm while 1 cm roughly equals 0.39 inches. Thus, you just need to multiply the inches of your laptop screen size by 2.54 to get it in the cm unit. Vice versa if you want to get your laptop screen size in inches from cm (divide the cm with 2.54 or just multiply it with 0.39)

For the aforementioned popular laptop sizes, their measurement in cm are around:
  • 11.6 inches = 29.46 cm
  • 12.5 inches = 31.75 cm
  • 13.3 inches = 33.78 cm
  • 14 inches = 35.56 cm
  • 15.6 inches = 39.62 cm
  • 16 inches = 40.64 cm
  • 17.3 inches = 43.94 cm

How to Measure Laptop Screen Size

Since the measurement of a laptop screen size is diagonal, you just have to put your measurement tool that way on your laptop screen.

If you use a measurement tape, just put the end of your tape on the top right of your laptop screen. Then, pull it until it reaches its bottom left. From there, you can read the measurement of your laptop screen size.

If you don’t have a measurement tape, you can use a ruler or other measurement tools to help you.

How to Find Out Your Laptop Screen Size Without Measuring

You can use one of these three ways to know your laptop screen size without the need to measure it directly.

If you know your laptop brand, model, and product number, searching online with them as your query should help you get all your laptop specifications, including your laptop screen size.

The information about your laptop screen size is also usually stored in your laptop. If you use a MacBook, you can access it by clicking on the Apple logo on the top left and then choosing the “About This Mac” choice.

On the other hand, if you use a laptop with Windows 10, you can access your “Advanced Display Settings” menu to know your laptop screen size. The way to access it is by searching for “Display” in your search panel, choosing “Open Display Settings”, and then looking for “Advanced Display Settings”. This may vary from one laptop brand and model to another, though, so you might not be able to find your laptop screen size information this way.

Lastly, you can also use other things that you know the measurement of to know the size of your laptop screen. For example, if you have an A4 paper (or something of similar size), then you can use its size (8.3 x 11.7 inches or 21 x 29.7 cm) comparison with your laptop screen to know the size of your laptop screen.

Final Takeaways

When we want to choose a laptop for us to use, its screen size might become one of our most important considerations. A laptop screen size itself is measured diagonally (not including the laptop bezel).

You may want to determine your preference for a laptop screen size by understanding your needs for portability and viewport. Make sure you are good with the screen size of the laptop that you choose to buy. By doing that, you should get a laptop that can help you to do your daily activities optimally.

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