15inch resolution for programming?

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  1. arcadehj2000 macrumors newbie

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    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.
    thanks
     
  2. stefan1975 macrumors 6502a

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

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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    If you work with terminal definitelly get it.
     
  8. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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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