I must second this.
In July 2012, when I started searching for and eventually purchased my new laptop, resolution was the number one criteria. It was not an easy criteria to meet. Once you choose a high enough resolution to meet your needs you quickly find that the number of machines you have to choose from has been reduced dramatically.
For me, personally, my other major hardware issue was the keyboard layout and (to a slightly lesser extent) feel. My hands are not so large that I need to worry about tiny keys, but I often cannot understand the logic of which keys are accessed via a "Function" key and which are not. Though I eventually had to compromise, I really wanted page up/down to be first level keys. In the end, though, my new laptop's keyboard is similar to my old netbook's keyboard in that page up/down (and home/end) are function-level keys attached to the arrow keys. Thankfully, at least, the arrow keys are slightly offset onto their own "island" making them far easier to find and use with just your fingers.
In the end, I chose a Samsung Series 9 Ultrabook as the replacement for my old Dell E1405 laptop. A bit smaller in physical dimensions and weighing much less, I am generally very happy with it. As I just wrote, page up/down are not top-level keys, but, on the other hand, the keyboard is backlit. I have found this feature far more useful than I thought I would. The display's resolution is 1600x900, a small increase from the Dell's 1440x900 and a big jump up from my netbook's 1024x800 (I think). More vertical space would have been very nice, but finding something in my budget and meeting other requirements essentially ruled that out...
Also, this time, I made very sure the screen was matte. I made the mistake with the Dell laptop of getting a glossy display and it was supremely annoying. Unfortunately, with the E1405 laptops the only choice for the higher resolution screen was glossy. Ugh.