13 inch rMBP 1680x1050 Vs. Best of Retina

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by stark4, Jul 7, 2014.

  1. stark4 macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2008
    I have 13" rMBP and everything look big compare to my MBA. I want more work screen space.

    If i use 1680x1050.. Is it less pixel than "best for retina" technically?

    I paid more to get retina screen and i want to use max pixel as possible. If i use 1680x1050 and it will be less pixel than "best for retina" i'll just stick with "best for retina" setting.

  2. capathy21 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2014
    Houston, Texas
    Full retina emulates 1280x800 resolution. If you switch it to 1440x900 or 1680x1050 it technically is no longer retina. The scaled resolutions are still very sharp and if you are more comfortable with them, then use them.
  3. christarp macrumors 6502


    Oct 29, 2013
    I use 1680x1050 mode on my 13" all the time as it gives me the most real estate, and it'll still render at 2x and scale down properly, it's just not pixel perfect precision that best for retina is. However, it's still VERY sharp and looks amazing in my opinion.
  4. stark4 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 14, 2008
    thanks for the answers guys.. so if i use 1680x1050 and compare my screen with non-retina MBP screen... Do i still have more pixel.. sharper images?

    what I'm worry the most is.. I paid more for retina screen and not be able to use its full capabilities/max pixel.. if i switch to 1680x1050 res.
  5. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    Yes you still have more pixels. It is actually quite hard to distinguish.

    Basically the difference is the like viewing a picture that was shot with exactly 2560x1600 and is displayed at 100%.
    And a picture that is shot at 3360x2100 that is viewed at fit to screen. The latter is technically sharper but cannot be viewed at perfect pixel mappings. You will only make out a difference if you inspect the screen very closely or use the CTRL+scroll zoom function to zoom in really closely.

    It is not real 1680x1050 which can only be enabled with special tools but not in Apple's prefs. That one looks quite different, performance is better though.
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    With the retina on the 13" MBP, if you go full actual resolution - you'll get a more screen real estate, but at a cost of readability. The text had things may be too small for you to effectively work on.

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