15 inch macbook pro high res vs standard

high res or standard res

  • glossy or matte 1680 by 1050

    Votes: 165 77.5%
  • regular 1440 by 900

    Votes: 48 22.5%

  • Total voters
    213

tim100

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Original poster
May 25, 2009
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which did you buy or which would you buy if you were in market for a 15 inch mbp
 

C64

macrumors 65816
Sep 3, 2008
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Haven't found the high res in stores yet, but having played with the regular one I always thought that 1440x900 resolution was a bit too low for the 15" and a slightly higher res would be ideal.
 

tjp820

macrumors newbie
Mar 5, 2010
12
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I received my Hi Res Glossy i7 15" yesterday. Im really happy I went for the hi res display. I played around with some 15" MBPs in the store the other day and the standard res felt too cramped for me coming from a 17" laptop. Even though the standard res is a better option for gaming because it puts less stress on the 330 I'd rather improve my everyday use than have an MMO look top notch. I have an xbox 360 anyway :D
 

deleon

macrumors newbie
Apr 17, 2010
11
1
I wish that the poll separated all three displays. I would really like to know the amount of people that went glossy versus anti-glare.
 

discosoap

macrumors regular
Mar 20, 2008
110
3
The Netherlands
high-res

Just ordered the high-res glossy screen on my custom built Macbook Pro. Still feel that Apple ought to be ashamed of its greedy decision to equip a 2000,- + (hard Euro's, mind you) laptop with a 1440 x 900 screen. Asking for Full LED-FullHD-3D-IPS may be too much here, but come on, these machines are marketed at pro's !!!!
 

TheDrift-

macrumors 6502a
Mar 8, 2010
877
1,370
Hi res anti glare, if your unsure go to an apple store and comapre them side by side. Its far better then regretting the screen after you have bought the mbp
 

wirelessmacuser

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Dec 20, 2009
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Planet.Earth
I waited _years_ for Apple to catch up with the rest of the industry and offer hi-res. Too bad Apple has so much fear about embracing current technology as it's released.

I've had beautiful hi-res ThinkPads five years before Apple finally had the courage to follow along.

Bought a new 15" mid 2010 Core i7 the day they were released.
 

Mackilroy

macrumors 68040
Jun 29, 2006
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When I buy an MBP, it'll be high-res antiglare. I prefer that over the standard MBP, even with the extra cost it adds.
 

tpg

macrumors regular
Mar 19, 2010
228
4
Higher the better - you can always turn down the resolution in games.
 

wirelessmacuser

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Dec 20, 2009
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Planet.Earth
When I buy an MBP, it'll be high-res antiglare. I prefer that over the standard MBP, even with the extra cost it adds.
Actually while the base price of a MBP is quite high, the price to upgrade to hi-res is quite reasonable. I agree that the MBP line is a high quality product, I've always enjoyed mine. It's a shame the prices are so high. However for Apple to remain the fat cash cow it is, they've got to raid the customers. Let's face it, Jobs and the shareholders love "Apple Tax"... :)
 

alphaod

macrumors Core
Feb 9, 2008
22,173
1,216
NYC
Just ordered the high-res glossy screen on my custom built Macbook Pro. Still feel that Apple ought to be ashamed of its greedy decision to equip a 2000,- + (hard Euro's, mind you) laptop with a 1440 x 900 screen. Asking for Full LED-FullHD-3D-IPS may be too much here, but come on, these machines are marketed at pro's !!!!
Full LED? Full 3D? 3D? I'm sorry, but you sound like you just got out of sales training; all you're throwing out are just a bunch of marketing terms.

Seriously, have you ever seen a half LED display?

Full HD implies 1920x1080. Yes that's nice, but that's also 16:9 ratio. So I'll pass.

3D is nice as well and you can already go that. Just get a pair of anaglyphic glasses.

IPS is expensive, and LG is the only panel maker for them. Well Boe Hydis as well, but I don't think they do it any longer. Sure we will adoption soon, but it will still take some time.
 

discosoap

macrumors regular
Mar 20, 2008
110
3
The Netherlands
Full LED? Full 3D? 3D? I'm sorry, but you sound like you just got out of sales training; all you're throwing out are just a bunch of marketing terms.

Seriously, have you ever seen a half LED display?

Full HD implies 1920x1080. Yes that's nice, but that's also 16:9 ratio. So I'll pass.

3D is nice as well and you can already go that. Just get a pair of anaglyphic glasses.

IPS is expensive, and LG is the only panel maker for them. Well Boe Hydis as well, but I don't think they do it any longer. Sure we will adoption soon, but it will still take some time.
Fair enough, I get your point. Notice how I said "it may be too much to ask for" :) Anyway, I don't really agree with you calling these marketing terms; these are all valid technology concepts, which people would notice on their product. It's not like i'm asking for extra megapixels or gigahertzes here (terms often used to market pc's or digital camera's). By the way, yes, they could offer full-led as opposed to edge led. My point is that Apple is feeding you/us the marketing here. Selling a 1680 x 1050 screen as "high-res" in 2010 is a joke, no matter how superior the Mac is. Try to find another 15" 2000,- + laptop with such a low-res screen (1440 x 900), it'll prove difficult, because 1680 x 1050 seems to be "standard res" in this market niche. Just saying that we pay "pro-premiums" for aging technology. I hate apple marketing, but love the mac. [dilemma]
 

tpg

macrumors regular
Mar 19, 2010
228
4
Selling a 1680 x 1050 screen as "high-res" in 2010 is a joke
Some high end models, like the alienware M15x, will have a resolution of 1920x1080 in a 15.6" 16:9 aspect screen. This makes a pixel pitch of 141 dpi.

The Apple has 1680 x 1050 in a 15.4" 16:10 aspect screen. This makes a pixel pitch of 127 dpi.

That's an increase in dpi of 11%, which IMO hardly makes the apple screen a "joke".

(EDIT: Made an error in calculations - silly me! Conclusion still the same though :) )
 

discosoap

macrumors regular
Mar 20, 2008
110
3
The Netherlands
Some high end models, like the alienware M15x, will have a resolution of 1920x1080 in a 15.6" 16:9 aspect screen. This makes a pixel pitch of 141 dpi.

The Apple has 1680 x 1050 in a 15.4" 16:10 aspect screen. This makes a pixel pitch of 127 dpi.

That's an increase in dpi of 11%, which IMO hardly makes the apple screen a "joke".

(EDIT: Made an error in calculations - silly me! Conclusion still the same though :) )
I didn't say 1680 x 1050 is a joke (but selling it as "high-res" in 2010 is). I believe the standards-screen resolution of 1440 x 900 in a high-end laptop in 2010 is just not done (please, find how difficult it is to find a competing 2000,- + offer with such a low-res screen). I ordered the high-res screen (which is not a big premium over the standard-res screen, probably the reason why 2/3rds of the voters in this poll bought it). But my opinion remains, 1440 x 900 is not as premium as you would expect from a high-end laptop. I am not arguing the high-res is not worth the extra money, I am arguing that at these prices, Apple ought to include a premium screen as a standard, not an option.
 

tpg

macrumors regular
Mar 19, 2010
228
4
I didn't say 1680 x 1050 is a joke (but selling it as "high-res" in 2010 is). I believe the standards-screen resolution of 1440 x 900 in a high-end laptop in 2010 is just not done (please, find how difficult it is to find a competing 2000,- + offer with such a low-res screen). I ordered the high-res screen (which is not a big premium over the standard-res screen, probably the reason why 2/3rds of the voters in this poll bought it). But my opinion remains, 1440 x 900 is not as premium as you would expect from a high-end laptop. I am not arguing the high-res is not worth the extra money, I am arguing that at these prices, Apple ought to include a premium screen as a standard, not an option.
I think the issue is that some people will find the fonts and UI elements too small with the higher resolution screen. Having the 1440 x 900 screen caters for this market, and as you say the 1680 x 1050 is not a huge premium for those who want it.
 

discosoap

macrumors regular
Mar 20, 2008
110
3
The Netherlands
I think the issue is that some people will find the fonts and UI elements too small with the higher resolution screen. Having the 1440 x 900 screen caters for this market, and as you say the 1680 x 1050 is not a huge premium for those who want it.
fair point, although people could use 1440x900 on a 1680x1050 screen as well, if their eyesight demands so, right? saying they "cater to that market" (that makes it sound like it's something good) is just not the way i see it , i feel it's just apple tax to get our machine up to current (let alone state of the art) screen-tech. i love my mac and all, but don't these kind of marketing decisions itch you guys ?
 

tpg

macrumors regular
Mar 19, 2010
228
4
fair point, although people could use 1440x900 on a 1680x1050 screen as well, if their eyesight demands so, right? saying they "cater to that market" (that makes it sound like it's something good) is just not the way i see it , i feel it's just apple tax to get our machine up to current (let alone state of the art) screen-tech. i love my mac and all, but don't these kind of marketing decisions itch you guys ?
If someone knows they only want to use 1440x900, it'll look an awful lot better native than scaled on a higher-res screen. I would say it's a legitimate option to have, and is still higher resolution (or, more importantly, higher pixel pitch) than the majority of 15" PC laptops on the market. Of course these are not necessarily "premium", but Apple does not have a non-premium 15" laptop. In that sense I would have to say, yes, the lower-res option is good! I'll agree to disagree on this one then :)
 

Merkava_4

macrumors 6502a
Sep 4, 2010
558
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California
Haven't found the high res in stores yet, but having played with the regular one I always thought that 1440x900 resolution was a bit too low for the 15" and a slightly higher res would be ideal.

I'm used to 1024x768 on my old PowerBook. This 1440x900 looks sweet in comparison. :)
 

circularforward

macrumors 6502
Jul 18, 2010
253
0
Wow, it's overwhelming for the hi-res display in the poll.

I have the standard 1440x900 because I put my mbp on a stand and hook it up to a 26" external, while using the wireless keyboard and mouse. The mbp's display ends up being somewhat far from me, and I find the 1440 just about right for this situation. I used to have a high-res screen on a previous laptop and similar setup, and I could never use it in native dpi settings.
 

ljx718

macrumors 6502
Dec 13, 2008
428
2
my suggestion is, if you pick the high res, you wont be able to go back down again. i hate going from my 1920X 1200 17in to my gf's 1440 by 900
 
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