17" adjust to 15" resolution more comfortable?

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  1. novetan macrumors 6502

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    I got a 17" MBP about 2 mths now and without realising the displayed fonts will be quite tiny due to its high resolution before purchase. So everytime when I do doc, spread sheet, I have to adjust to say 150% (which is way too big as nothing in between) and when surfing the web, I'll pinch it larger. The advantage is of course images resolution are very good but the tool menu is so tiny that I have to squint my eyes when working in CS3.

    I have adjusted to 1680x1050 res (ie similar to 15") but at the expense of a little blurry and slight shadowy lines but I felt more comfortable when viewing at these lower res without adhoc adjustment time and again, here and there.

    How many owning a 17" are doing the same as me, or if not, what is your solution for a comfortable viewing?
     
  2. DJ-R macrumors regular

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    I'm on 1680x1050 in 15inch screen.

    I have to say it's really nice, like a retina display from the distance of looking at it. I cannot see pixel BUT if my eyes are so tired at the end of the work day... I can barely read any text for a long period time.

    Having high-res and reading text without enlarging them needs a lot of energy into your eyes.

    I'm not getting old LOL.
     
  3. AdamRock macrumors 6502a

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  4. novetan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    LOL, my eye sight isn't too bad. Eg. I find the sidebar of the Finder too small. Or have you tried looking at the tool menu of photoshop, say CS3?
     
  5. The General macrumors 601

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    Sell it, get a 15" with the standard display. The pixel density is less than that of the 17"@1920x1200, which means everything will be bigger without the cost of blurriness.
     
  6. Intell macrumors P6

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    One tip, not a fix, you could do it press the control button then scroll up on the trackpad. It zooms the screen around the mouse pointer. To un-zoom just hold control and scroll down.
     
  7. novetan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Oh no, don't tell me that. I'll stick around the 17" and see how it goes set on lower res.
     
  8. novetan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the tip. Its Command+scroll.

    But somehow I find Command+scroll cause more blurry than pinching. Do you have the same feeling?
     
  9. The General macrumors 601

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    Control + scroll zooms the whole screen.

    Pinching renders the website larger.

    The solution is definitely not to run your computer at a lower resolution. You should probably just use the computer for a while at normal resolution and without zooming and try to get used to it.

    There is no reason to carry around with you the extra weight and size that is the 17" MBP when you don't even get to use the screen real estate of the 17" MBP.
     
  10. shoppy macrumors 6502a

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    I went the opposite way, I started with a 15" hi res as soon as they came out and got rid of it after a week. My eyes really struggled with the screen. Went back to a 17" and I have not looked back or had any problems.
     
  11. The General macrumors 601

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    The pixels on the HR 15" MBP are less than 4% smaller than the pixels on the 17" MBP. I find it hard to believe that that is the difference between eyes struggling and not struggling.
     
  12. novetan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    2 person testified Contol+scroll. Nothing really happen except just the normal scroll. Isn't it should be Command+scroll.
     
  13. Intell macrumors P6

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    Then you must not have the Control + scroll enabled. Turn it on the the Trackpad pref pane by checking "Zoom while holding".
     
  14. novetan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ah, that does the trick
     
  15. AdamRock macrumors 6502a

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    well i wear glasses 24/7 (i have no clue what my number is) and everything on my 17" seems perfect size.
     
  16. WardC macrumors 68030

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    He's probably talking about the old 17" @ 1680x1050 which has a much lower ppi than the 15" @ 1680x1050. The 17" @ 1920x1200 has a higher ppi and is actually harder to read. All of the 17" models being sold now are 1920x1200.
     
  17. novetan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I'm using the new 17" 1920x1200. If you friend has photoshop and a 17", just have a peep in his CS3, 4 or 5. You'll know what I mean. The font is something like size 3 or 4.

    I'm now working on lower res and I'll stay put for a while to see how well I'll fair.

    Perhaps Apple should have a 17" with 1680 x 1050
     

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