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TL;DR: By cutting everything in the same aspect ratio, they have less waste per large sheet of glass. Lower cost on electronics. Market for 1080p (TVs + 1080p PC Monitors) is bigger than 1920x1200 monitors. For manufacturers, it's easier to put full size keyboards inside their notebooks Many console ports run only in 16:9 (and this will be even more common ...


It's a mix of most of the points you've listed above, not any single reason. I'd put them (based on my own background reading) in the following order: Component Prices Cheaper components for wide screen due to the volumes produced for TV. Yes, this doesn't apply to laptops for the matrices, but it does apply to much of the electronic hardware. Video ...

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