1680X1050 vs 1920X1200

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JustCrusin, Mar 21, 2012.

  1. JustCrusin macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2011
    So I just purchased a new 17" Macbook Pro. Before anyone yells at me for not going to a store, the closest Apple store is 2 hours away.

    The 1920X1200 resolution is really killing my eyes. Is there enough difference in size (increase of font size) to drop down to the 15" 1680X1050 hi res display to matter? I came from a 15" Macbook Pro with 1440X900 resolution.

    I've tried adjusting resolutions and fonts in certain programs, but it makes things blurry.

    Thoughts / input. Not looking for the "you should have driven 2 hours to the store" responses.

  2. Risasi macrumors 6502

    Sep 16, 2011
    I would suggest going into system properties (on the 17") and changing the resolution to 1680x1050 and seeing what you think. Only you can know what you really prefer. The 17" screen might still work for you.
  3. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    try it how can a description let you know how your eyes will like or not like it?

    you had a 1440x900 and now you have 1920x1200 so do you really need someone to tell you 1680x1050 will be somewhere in the middle of the other 2
  4. scott.n macrumors 6502

    Dec 17, 2010
    I can't say I've ever compared the two in person, but if the resolution on the 17" (132 PPI) is "killing" your eyes then I really doubt the hi-res 15" (128 PPI) will be significantly better. FWIW, I have a hi-res 15" and it did take me a while to adjust to the smaller text.

    Have you ever used a 13" Macbook Air? It has the same pixel density as the hi-res 15" Macbook Pro.
  5. ZZ Bottom macrumors 6502a

    Apr 14, 2010
    Wirelessly posted

    Is there a HiDPI resolution choice you could try? Obviously I don't have a 17" mbp, but I ran a 1080 tv at a HiDPI setting (lower than 1080) and it looked gorgeous. Of course I wasn't watching hd videos or I would have switched back.
  6. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    I have two 2010 MBP's, a hi-res 15" & the hi-res 17". I find both quite ideal for my usage, but I've used hi-res laptops for years. My eyesight is good, and that does make a difference.

    I don't know how long you've owned yours but first impressions are the most surprising. If you have the patience I'd strongly encourage you to give it at least two weeks. The quality of Apples hi-res is so good that it's a shame to give up until youre sure it absolutely won't work for you.

    We have 32 engineers in my group, all using late model 17" MBP's. Even those who wear glasses have no complaints. It's all about personal preference as well as what one is used to.

    That's my take on it :)
  7. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    I have both the 1680x1050 15'' and the 1920x1200 17'' MBPs. There is no measurable difference in font size.

    The first one (the 17'') took me a while to adjust. I was used to a 19'' desktop screen with 1280x1024 resolution after all. Now, at least as far as laptops are concerned, I wouldn't want a lower resolution.
  8. Kafka macrumors 6502

    Mar 10, 2011
    The 15" hi-res will feel exactly the same as your 17". Pixel densities are very close.
  9. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    It has the same res as the standard 15" Pro, not the hi-res.
  10. space dog macrumors newbie

    Mar 14, 2012
    It has the same PPI as the hi-res which might be what the post you replied to was referring to
  11. throAU macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
  12. JustCrusin thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2011
    If I change my 17" to the 1680X1050 resolution is seems much more readable (but blurry because it is not the default resolution). Will the size of the text be similar on the 15" operating at 1680X1050?

    I don't know why this resolution thing is so difficult for me to understand.

  13. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I could've sworn that said resolution when I quoted it. Oh well.


    The text on the 15" will look essentially the same as the text on the 17" does.

    You won't gain any benefit from moving to a 15" hi res from a 17" other than portability. Your eyes won't benefit.

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