Why not shift to 1200px minimum desktop/laptop screen resolution
12 Feb 2012 - 8:00pm
3 years ago
I've just been asked whether there's a downside to moving to 1200px as the minimum desktop/laptop screen resolution we design for.
As far as I can tell, there are two downsides:
iPad browsers in landscape mode will be forced to zoom out to fit the content within the screen
Some laptops will be forced into horizontal
What proportion of laptop users? I don't know. I've tried to search for statistics on laptop screen resolutions, without success.
Are there any other segments or gotchas we should keep in mind?
Note: I'm thinking only of a default state, ignoring for the moment, any responsive design or mobile first process. For those who are obsessed with this stuff, think of this as asking about the consequences of skipping any breakpoint around the 1024px mark, and going straight from portrait tablet to 1200px screen resolutions.