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Feb 27, 2008, 07:21 AM
I'm in the process of deciding between a MBP or Macbook. I'm leaning towards the MBP because images, text, etc... just aren't as sharp on the MB. Is it because the MB doesn't have a graphics card like the MBP or because the MB has a lower resolution screen? Has anybody noticed this, and if so, how can one increase the resolution of the screen. Lastly, if I wait 4-5 months to get a MB, does anyone think the resolution of the screens will increase/improve? I'd hate to spend an extra 500 bucks for the MBP just because it has a higher resolution screen. Any thoughts?


Feb 27, 2008, 07:48 AM
I don't find any problem with the Macbook screen and I use loads of different monitors for my Photoshop and Indesign work. It is bright with great colours and sharp enough for any use you would have for a 13.3 screen.

Yes, the MBP has the LED screen which is nice but I don't see any reason to pay the extra just for the screen.

Just a thought - maybe the one you have been looking at was set up wrongly. It is possible to have a lower resolution on the screen and to reduce the dock and icon sizes so that they look normal.

Feb 27, 2008, 07:48 AM
Unless you are planning on doing some graphic and video work or gaming you won't really need the macbook pro. I was thinking the same thing but decided to get the macbook and with the money I saved I am going to buy an external moniter. You can get a decent 24" display for 500 dollars.

Feb 27, 2008, 10:03 AM
it definitely depends on what you want to use your MB for, but if it's BR DVD's you may want to get a BR player for about $400. :cool:

Feb 29, 2008, 09:58 AM
After extensive searching, it turns out that the reason why the text isn't so sharp on the macbook is that on the OSX operating system, there is a text smoothing function. Using tinker tools, one can set the text smoothing for font larger than 144pt, essentially turning off the smooth text function, thus problem solved. However, I read that firefox will still smooth text. Anyone have issues with Safari? I plan on using that browser.