Screen Resolution

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by ephex, Jan 5, 2005.

  1. ephex macrumors member

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    Is 1024x768 usable? I know Expose must make things better, but does it help enough to make it as useable as 1280x1024 [which I'm currently used to :)]?

    If anyone has any experience using Propellerhead's Reason 2.5 [or Cubase SX, which I may buy in the future] on 1024x768, I would really appreciate your input. I'm currently looking into getting a laptop, and that insanely small resolution is scaring me away from anything less than a 15" PB :p. I have had first hand experience using Reason on my pc at 1024x768, and it's a nightmare :(.
     
  2. Jsmit macrumors regular

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    I have a 12" PB. Yes it does get cluttered at times, but it is still usable. I still don't use expose to its potential, it always take me a moment to remember which key does what. I should note that I have never had display over 1024X768, I would imagine that it would be hard to downgrade though.

    If your current machine is a Mac, you could try and reduce the resolution and see for yourself. If you don't then you'll have to find a friend with a mac (preferably with an iBook or 12:pB), or go to a retail store with Macs on display.
     
  3. Chip NoVaMac macrumors G3

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    I have a PB 12" too. I had said that the resolution was just fine. Now that I have a 20" LCD connected to it, I am more mindful of what others have posted here.

    For almost a year I did all my design work on the 12" screen. It can be done. Now how ever, I find it "harder" to go back to the lower resolution after working a while with the 20".

    What size screen notebook would I buy again though? It would be the 12", hands down. For my 12" PB fits into a leather legal pad case. Traveling is a joy with it.
     
  4. Poeben macrumors 6502

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    It it very difficult to go down in resolution once you get used to more space, in my experience. My 21" crt that I ran at 16x12 died a few months back and I am now stuck on a 10x7 17" display until I can afford a replacement. I have a 12" iBook though, that I use occasionally for photoshop and digital audio work. It is certainly usable, but for larger projects there can be a lot of scrolling. If you get a powerbook, you can always hook up an external monitor too (although you can hack the iBooks to do screen spanning.)
     
  5. Diatribe macrumors 601

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    You should use hot corners. That's easier than using the F keys, at least I think so.
    The way I have it set up: upper left(show all apps) lower left(show desktop)
    Makes things so much easier on a 12".
     

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