[Answer] What’s the Best Resolution for a 13-Inch Laptop Screen?

Each screen comes with a default or native resolution, on which images and video look more crispy and sharper. Day by day people are shifting from low-resolution screen to high-resolution screen for the sake of Eyes. 13″ laptop comes with various resolution ranging from 720p to high-end 4K resolution, so today we will talk about 13-inch screen resolution along with standard DPI/PPI.

Majority of 13-inch devices comes with an excellent resolution of 1280x or 1366×768 pixels, but this is not a standard value or something that is very pleasing to your eyes.

The first example, if you have a 13-inch laptop with a resolution of 1366 by 768 this will result slightly (not comfortable) ok pixel per inch number which will be approximately 117. If you look at your screen very carefully, you can easily differentiate between two pixels. The same resolution on a 15″ laptop may result weak PPI of ~100.

The second example we have here in 13-inch laptop with a resolution of 1920 by 1080 p, that produces a good number of PPI which is 165. If compared to 15″ the PPI value would come around 146.

The third example would be anything higher than the 1920x1080p, and you can see up to 400 PPI screen in modern laptops.I have seen that if you’re getting a 13″ laptop with 1080p resolution, paying additional $100 or $200 will get you a 4K resolution screen.

I have seen that if you’re getting a 13″ laptop with 1080p resolution, paying additional $100 or $200 will get you a 4K resolution screen.


13-inch screen: The 1080p display is quite good and is more than enough, the viewport is fine and Windows 10 scale text, apps and another element up to 150% so everything will look affordable (not so tiny).

14-inch screen with 1080p will also result in a clear and crisp display because of it’s just 1 inch extra.

the 15-inch probably result poor PPI, especially if you look close to the screen you’ll see pixels which isn’t good for eyes. So choose anything but a screen resolution upto 1080p or 4k.

So what’s the good resolution for a 13-inch laptop?

The higher is always better, but if you can’t find a 4k resolution laptop in your budget or the laptop you want doesn’t have the higher resolution model then stick to at least 1080p resolution.

Also, you can figure the exact PPI/DPI putting the resolution and screen size values in this tool.

Helpful Resources

http://www.proaxis.com/~ferris/docs/dpi-monitor.html
https://www.sven.de/dpi/