13 rMBP 1920 by 1080

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  1. serenesam macrumors member

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    I own both the 13 and 15 inch retina MBPs and I wished they would have at least added 1920 by 1080 as a scaled resolution for the 13 inch model.
     
  2. robvas macrumors 68020

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    Use a program like QuickRes or SwitchRes and you can do it.
     
  3. patrickoneal macrumors newbie

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    Why would you want a 16:9 aspect ratio resolution on a 16:10 screen?
     
  4. serenesam thread starter macrumors member

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    Too lazy. That's why I bought a mac in the first place, to make everything easier.

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    The scaled resolution of 1680 by 1050 looks like my old 15" high resolution MBP (sold that one).
     
  5. mykem macrumors regular

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    When you buy Apple, it also means you have to accept what Apple think is best for you.

    But if OS X unlike iOS is full featured OS. If you want 1920 x 1200 in your 13" screen, then with a simple click of button you DL the app (search for "Retina Display Menu"). Another click you install it and once it sits on your menu bar, all you have to do is click on the app icon and you're presented with every conceivable resolution (all the up to 4K).

    It's no different from installing Dropbox or Evernote or any app for that matter.
     
  6. patrickoneal macrumors newbie

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    I still don't understand why you'd want a 16:9 ratio on a 16:10 display. How do you want your 1920x1080? Stretched out or with black bars on the top and bottom?
     
  7. serenesam thread starter macrumors member

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    You see, I own some 1920 by 1080 videos downloaded from Itunes and when I play it on my laptop, it looks a little different (exactly like my old 15 inch model). I want it to look exactly like my 15" retina when it is set the scaled resolution of 1920 by 1080.

    Think of it as the former Sony Vaio Z series 13" where the native resolution is 1920 by 1080.

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    So I am in the App store. Which one do you recommend? The "Display Mode" or the "Eye-Friendly" - the price is a one dollar difference?
     
  8. patrickoneal macrumors newbie

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    The 15" retina doesn't support 1920x1080 out of the box. It will do 1920x1200, which is a 16:10 ratio, to match the screen. I think you're confused about what you want.
     
  9. serenesam thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm talking about the 13" retina.
     
  10. Krevnik macrumors 68040

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    I think we know that, but it isn't clear why you want 1920x1080 on a laptop that is 16:10, where the resolution would be 1920x1200.

    Although, on the retina models, images and video actually try to display using 1:1 pixel drawing (assuming you don't go full-screen or something).

    Say I have "best for retina" picked on both a 13" rMBP, and a 15" rMBP. And I load up a 1080p video at "normal" size. The result should be that the videos actually look to be the same physical size (height and width in inches). And neither one should take up the whole screen. This is because it is actually using 1920x1080 pixels of the screen. Now, if you use a scaled resolution, all bets are off. There are interesting bugs there.

    If I set my 13" to 1440x900 instead of 1200x800, then when I open the image or video, then it actually uses 1920x1080 pixels out of the 2880x1800 screen size. Not the native display. So they are drawn smaller than they should be.
     
  11. patrickoneal macrumors newbie

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    You also said: "I want it to look exactly like my 15" retina when it is set the scaled resolution of 1920 by 1080." That's what I was referring to. I seriously doubt you're running a 15" retina at 1920x1080, it's scaling to 1920x1200 when "more space" is selected.

    I still say you don't know what you want, or what you're talking about. You've been given all the solutions. Install a free third party application and run the 16:10 screen at a 16:10 resolution like 1920x1200, no point whatsoever in running 1920x1080 as your screen is the wrong shape for that. Just google the application as suggested above, and set the resolution to whatever looks best for your videos.
     
  12. robvas macrumors 68020

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    In the time you made this post...
     
  13. alphaod macrumors Core

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    I'm confused why you need a 1920x1080 resolution display to place 1080p movies. They scale fine and at a good viewing distance you shouldn't be able to see the pixels.
     
  14. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    Actually if you want to watch 1080p movies on a retina MBP, the best thing is to use a retina-aware video app (like Quicktime, maybe others but not sure) and the "Best for Retina" mode. That way the 1080p video gets upscaled once to the 2560x1600 display.

    If you use the 'looks like 1920x1200' mode then the video would be upscaled to 3840x2400 and then downscaled again to the actual 2560x1600 display resolution.
     
  15. serenesam thread starter macrumors member

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    The "best for retina" mode looks horrible but of course, that is just my personal opinion. I like the more traditional framework of 1920 by 1200 or 1920 by 1080. :)
     
  16. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    Which video player are you using?

    Remember that the "Looks like 1920x1200" mode, aka 1920x1200 HiDPI mode, is really 3840x2400 pixels. If the video player you are using isn't retina aware then that may look better, but a retina aware video player should lose less quality in Best for Retina mode.
     

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