MacBook Pro C2D: one regret

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SilentCrs, Nov 14, 2006.

  1. SilentCrs macrumors regular

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    So I purchased a new MacBook Pro C2D 15" (the second configuration: 2 GB RAM, 256 MB VRAM, etc) last week to replace a Dell Inspiron 9300. It's a solid little machine and I'm quite happy overall. I was able to quickly transfer over all the files on my PCs and the claims of things "just working" are more or less justified.

    I have one regret, though. Normally my practical side would shrug something like this off, but when you drop $2500 on a machine, "practical" tends to take a backseat to "emotional".

    My issue is the screen resolution.

    I didn't think I would care at first, but the MacBook Pro 15" has a fairly low screen resolution (1440x900). The 17" is a little better (1680x1050), but not as good as my previous laptop (1920x1200).

    I didn't really notice it until I started playing my favorite game, World of Warcraft. Now, by and large it plays well (surprisingly well in Mac OS X -- I may not need Bootcamp for this game). But you can see from the following screenshots that things are considerably more pixelated at the MacBook Pro 15"'s resolution. Even the 17" MacBook Pro still looks kind of pixelated compared to my old laptop's resolution. (In particular, look at the character name in the upper left corner and the level number. The old laptop's text was clean and rounded. The MacBook Pro's appears pixelated and the level number bleeds off the circle to the left).

    MacBook Pro 15" (mine): http://s133761904.onlinehome.us/1440x900.png
    MacBook Pro 17": http://s133761904.onlinehome.us/1680x1050.png
    Old notebook (Dell Inspiron 9300): http://s133761904.onlinehome.us/1920x1200.png

    Now, granted, if a friend complained about something like this I'd probably call them crazy. But my friend didn't spend $2500 on a laptop. :p

    I guess what I'm looking for is some kind of reprieve. Someone saying "it looks fine" (even if it doesn't lol).

    Is everyone else cool with the 1440x900 res on theirs?
     
  2. Kolind macrumors regular

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    Can you turn up anti-aliasing and anisotropic filtering without getting bad framerates? That might make up for it a bit.
     
  3. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    That is why Macs ship with poorer GPUs, they have poorer resolution hence there isn't the need.
     
  4. Dynatos macrumors newbie

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    I don't really notice much, if any, of a difference there. :confused:
     
  5. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    Seriously, it looks as it should. Not sure if there is great merit in comparing a 1440x900 screenshot to a 1920x1200 one and concluding the 1440x900 looks worse.

    I sure don't hope you spent $2499 for a MacBook Pro on the sole purpose of playing <shudders> World of Warcraft.

    What a pile of rubbish...
     
  6. GraceMolloy macrumors regular

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    WoW will play even better after the next update
     
  7. reflex macrumors 6502a

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    I'm just wondering if 1440x900 isn't too high a resolution for a 15" screen... :p
     
  8. MickG macrumors newbie

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    MacBook Pro C2D regrets?...

    I must be going blind, but I cannot see the difference on my 23" Apple Cinema Display. Isn't screen resolution also related to the size and shape of the screen? There are aspect ratio issues and a few other things that are beyond me,but I think it's a bit more complex than just two numbers joined by an 'x,' no?...

    Anyway, here's one guy who's saying "It's fine. Don't sweat it. Sell the Dell and you'll be happy to forget it."

    cheers,

    Mick
     
  9. negatv1 macrumors 6502

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    1680x1050 on a 15inch widescreen would be fine IMO, but 1920x1200 would just be silly. Even on a 17inch, for anything other than games it would just involve endless squinting of large font sizes.
     
  10. Clydefrog macrumors 6502a

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    screen resolution would be the last thing on my mind. I can't tell a difference between the screens.
     
  11. elperroabando macrumors newbie

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    Do you still have this problem when you hook up an external display to your MBP?
     
  12. dornoforpyros macrumors 68040

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    I'm not convinced you understand the meaning of the world pixelated :rolleyes: I think perhaps you mean "smaller"
     
  13. astarling06 macrumors regular

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    I agree, it looks the same to me. Don't worry yourself to death over something as insignificant as screen resolution. As long as it looks good, don't sweat it.:)
     
  14. jellomizer macrumors 6502

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    Well Macs are not really considered game systems. They are more used for graphic work. I don't know about other graphic people I spend a lot of my time zoomed in. Where Resolution doesn't count much. Then zooming out with Anti Aliasing because the image will not fit even on a 30" screen. As of right now Apple seems to believe that keeping the correct DPI per screen size is more important then resolution. If you want a Game System I would avoid a Mac and go with a Dell. But if you want an all around good dependable system that really just works. Then go with Apple. Apple systems are not the best computer for any one thing. But I found them to be the most fexable systems for my line of work.
     
  15. SilentCrs thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, I'll be selfish here: I want the best of all worlds. If I'm paying $2500 I want a machine that's excels at daily desktop work (which Macs do) as well as be a reasonable machine for entertainment purposes like movies and games. The MacBook Pro really ISN'T that far off from similar Dell systems that are marketing as gaming machines. It's not a luggable like Alienware, but with scores around 4000 in 3DMark 05 are very good for a laptop.

    To be honest, I'll probably just get used to it. It's kind of weird going from a 17" to a 15", but I just couldn't justify spending nearly $3000 on a laptop. Specwise they're so similar -- I think the one I got has the most bang for the buck.
     
  16. SiliconAddict macrumors 603

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    Until 10.5 Leopard that is. Watch the resolutions jump dramatically once Leopard hits the scene.
     
  17. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    Wow... not only are we restricted to what Apple offers, we are now also restricted to what we can do with our purchases?


    it's called flatulence, lest you can't smell it yourself everyone can tell a fanboi from a mile away.
     
  18. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    The LCD mod is going to get really popular with leopard.
     
  19. dpaanlka macrumors 601

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    It looks exactly the same to me, except one of the pictures doesn't fit on my screen.
     
  20. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

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    Only if Apple don't up the screen res :)
     
  21. iW00t macrumors 68040

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    There are tons of older machines in the market too :)

    I don't know, if the next rev ship with the same shimmery LCDs I probably will sit it out.
     
  22. chaosbunny macrumors 68000

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    Everyone can tell a troll from a mile away too.

    To the op, I wouldn't worry, I couldn't see much of a difference too. Be happy and enjoy the game & your new machine. Most people play WoW on far more inferior systems.
     
  23. Maxiseller macrumors 6502a

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    No need for that - he's offering a valid opinion.

    Hear hear!

    OP : The game lools fine. Aspect ratios are a pain at the best of times on games - and you will get used to it; just a bit of a shock when you initially begin to play!
     
  24. iBorg20181 macrumors 6502

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    My other notebook is a Core Duo 2GHz Acer Travelmate 8204, with a 1680x1050 resolution in a 15.4" screen. I have 20/20, and even that resolution makes type a little small at times! That's the upper limit that I'd be comfortable using on this size screen, and for the most part, the resolution on my MBP seems just right, for me! However, YMMV!

    iBorg
     
  25. iBorg20181 macrumors 6502

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    Does this forum use a "Troll Alert®?" :eek:

    iBorg
     

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