Looks like I'm in the minority here. I had a 17" widescreen laptop and absolutely hated it. Games ****ed me off in that format. The only thing it was good for was to see 2 word documents side by side.
I've since gave the laptop to my bro who just started college and I bought a 19" LCD. Sooo much better than widescreen I will never go back to widescreen as long as they keep selling these things.
FYI I just got a Viewsonic VX922.
RIG: Core2Duo E6700 | ASUS P5W Deluxe | eVGA 7950GX2 | Corsair XMS2 2GB
WD Raptor 10K RPM 36GB | WD Caviar 200GB | Scythe Ninja | Logitech G15
Aerocool ExtremEngine 3T | OCZ GamerXStream 700W | Viewsonic 19\" VX922
Microsoft Intellimouse Optical Black (old school fo sho!)