15inch resolution for programming?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by arcadehj2000, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. arcadehj2000 macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2007
    does anyone know if there's a big difference between the 1440x900 and then 1680x1050 when it comes to programming?
    i'm looking to major in compsci and i was going to purchase a 2.4GHz mbp, but i was wondering whether the difference is worth the cash.
    if a bigger workspace is really going to be better, i'm wondering if i shouldn't just go with the low-res version and invest in a bigger monitor later on.
  2. stefan1975 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 15, 2010
    i guess the difference would be about 240x150. which can be a lot, if you need it.
  3. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    You get 36% more screen estate which is pretty nice for programming.
  4. jayo123456 macrumors regular

    Jun 29, 2010
    for $100 something, do it.

    I'm in comp engineer, we do alot of programming. The bigger the screen the better.

    I use to rock a 13", and going from that to my 1680x1050 22" was a pretty nice jump.
  5. arcadehj2000 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 29, 2007
    ah, alright, i guess i'll go for it then, thanks.
    so i'm assuming that matte is going to be better too for long hours of coding?
  6. Yossarian macrumors member

    Apr 3, 2005
    I have the glossy, lower-res screen and whilst the higher res is worth it i'm not sold on matte. Side to side it looks fuzzy to me so i prefer the glossy. However, if you're in an environment where there could be lights reflecting on your screen then matte is best.
  7. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

    Gabriel GR

    Jul 12, 2009
    Athens, Greece
    If you work with terminal definitelly get it.
  8. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

    May 29, 2007
    You can't have enough screen real estate for developing. Dual monitor setups are pretty standard for the software engineers I work with. I use a 30" 2560x1600 external. I don't develop much on my MBP's internal screen, but when I do I'm happy to have the extra resolution, even though the pixel density is a bit too high for my vision.
  9. demonsavatar macrumors regular

    Jun 26, 2010
    I am in CS. 1440px is enough for 2 files side by side, but 1650 gets you two files, and more vertical space, plus a good chunk of screen left over for a file list or something. emacs users can get away with a little under 1440px but if you want to use an IDE like eclipse or something, go for the 1650px and don't look back.

    For the $100-ish the screen space is worth it. Especially considering it is not something you can upgrade later. Now or never :p
  10. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Yes matte/antiglare is the way to go. I use matte displays for coding and I find it is a must.
  11. darkus macrumors regular

    Nov 5, 2007
    I do alot of programming and found the hi-res display on the 15" to be too high (ie. text is too small) and find the 1440x900 much more comfortable on the eyes
  12. kevink2 macrumors 65816

    Nov 2, 2008
    My 4 year old laptop has 1440x1050 on a 12" screen, so lower resolution on a 15" screen seems a step backward. In the apple store the matte screen looked better. $100 plus more, I don't know.

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