- Oct 29, 2000
16:9 in portrait (I used to jokingly call it "Tall Screen") is also not an ideal size.
16:10 was damn near perfect for working on standard letter sized documents. In landscape you could fit two pages side by side and still have some space up top for menus.
Flip it to portrait and one page fits pretty damn well as well. (though a good 1600x1200 4:3 screen is probably better for a single page in portrait, IMHO)
I agree with the op that 16:9 is a huge letdown when coming from 16:10.
Unfortunately though, that ship has mostly sailed.
What I do today is have a huge 43" 4k screen for entertainment in the center, and my old Dell 1600x1200 4:3 screens one on each side for browsing and productivity. It is not as good as productuivity was on my 30" 2560x1600 Dell U3011 was for productivity, but such are the times.