Why do older laptops have squarish screens while newer laptops have rectangular screens?

dekw04

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Hi everyone.

I noticed after looking at some older laptops that their screens look a lot more like squarish than current laptops. Current laptops have screens that look decidedly more rectangular it seems.

Why is this?

In other words, why do older laptops have screens that look more or less like squares and current laptops have screens that look more or less like rectangles?

Thank you.
 

USAFRet

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The conspiracy theorist would suggest marketing and paying more for less.

A 19" 16:9 screen has fewer square inches than a 19" 4:3 screen.
Fewer square inches = less cost.
But "Widescreen!!!" sounds and sells so much better.
 
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