External display, text looks too crisp?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by goodtimes5, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. macrumors 6502a


    My Air is connected to an external display right now, outputting at 1920x1080. The text looks almost too crisp on this 22" display compared to when my MBP outputs at the same resolution to the same display. In System Preferences, I have "turn off text smoothing for font sizes 4 and smaller." Is there a way to make my text look less jagged?
  2. macrumors 65816

    Dammit Cubs

    thats kinda of but if you compact more pixels into a smaller screen, you should get better ppi. just saying. but I do find it funny that you are getting a crisper font vs the MBP. they should be the same
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Google helped me solve the problem. Used this code in Terminal to force font smoothing on practically all size fonts:

    defaults -currentHost write -globalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int 2

    Still don't know why my MBP natively smoothed fonts more than my Air did when either were connected to the same display.
  4. macrumors 68000

    I do notice that different graphics cards display things differently on my 2560x1600 30" monitor. E.g. the 9600 GT had different colors than the 9400 on my MBP. The 320 M on the Air makes things look different as well (font appears a little blurry, i.e. almost the opposite of what you found). Now I have no idea why this is so...

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