1680x1050 or 1920x1200 screen 15.4"

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by AnonMac50, Oct 17, 2010.

  1. AnonMac50 macrumors 65816

    Mar 24, 2010
    Hi, I have an Early 2008 Penryn MacBook Pro with a 15.4" LED Matte display (1440x900). The display is small for when using Xcode or Photoshop. I know that it is possible to replace the screen on the older CCFL MacBook Pros and PowerBook G4s. I do not know if there are any LED displays with that resolution.

    Thank you.
  2. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    Current 15" MBPs can be purchased with 1680x1050 displays. I don't know about 1920x1200 though.
  3. AnonMac50 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 24, 2010
    I knew that, but I meant was I able to purchase just an LED display panel with those resolutions? I don't really care if someone tried it or not, but if someone did, then if they could share their experiences.

  4. Mackilroy macrumors 68040


    Jun 29, 2006
    Sorry, I meant that to say there were displays like that. I've heard of people buying and upgrading panels on their own, but IIRC the success rate wasn't very high.
  5. George Knighton macrumors 65816

    George Knighton

    Oct 13, 2010
    1920x1200 seems awfully fine for a 15" screen.

    Remember that it's a little hard to scale fonts on a Macbook. The operating system doesn't support it very well, even if you've hacked a plist, and the applications designers know that Apple doesn't support font scaling like Windows, so if you force it you could very well screw up how an application looks on your screen.

    I'm not sure what it is that you're trying to accomplish, exactly, or why you'd want a resolution that fine on a 15" screen. But for my money 1680x1050 is really quite enough. 1920x1200 might give you a slight advantage in Photoshop when you are doing certain things, but most of us most of the time are going to have to look at text...if not text in email, certainly the text in menu systems and around icons, and we're going to have to be able to read that.


    For whatever one dumb old person's opinion is worth, anyway.
  6. Blu101 macrumors 6502a


    Sep 10, 2010
    I have this res and it looks about as good as my 42" plasma in HD.
  7. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    I wouldn't recommend changing the display unless it dies. Especially not to a 1920x1200. That just hurts to look at. I have good vision and when I saw my friend's laptop with that, it was legitimately painful to look at.
  8. AnonMac50 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 24, 2010
    OK, so I just try to find an 15.4" LED display 1680x1050? The reason is I do lots of work with Xcode (Mac and iPhone/iPad), Photoshop, and Aperture, and I'm planning to buy the new Final Cut Studio (where Color is not supported on 1440x900), as well as the iPhone Simulator doesn't like small resolutions. Does anyone know where I can buy a display from?
  9. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Have you potentially considered getting the new 15" MBP with the hi-res screen? Yes, this is more money than hacking your existing machine, but you'll have a more powerful machine under full warranty. You could try refurbs in order to save some cash.
  10. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
  11. AnonMac50 thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 24, 2010
    Yeah, but I don't really need a new computer though. My current one works nicely, and knowing me, chances are I'm gonna void the warranty before the first year finishes.

    Well, that won't be really portable, and I already have a nice 22" Dell screen.

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