2016 MBP: What resolution are you using?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ThisBougieLife, Dec 6, 2016.

  1. ThisBougieLife macrumors 68000


    Jan 21, 2016
    SF Bay Area, California
    The default scaled resolutions have been increased on the 2016 MBPs. The 15" default was 1440x900, now it's 1650x1050. I just got my new 15" MBP and I actually find I prefer the lower resolution (1440x900) as text looks a little bit sharper.

    What resolution are you using on your new MBP?
  2. fs454 macrumors 68000

    Dec 7, 2007
    Los Angeles / Boston
    I like the 1440x900 for the sharpness as well. Depending on the size and complexity of some projects, I'll switch up to 1680 or 1920 for more space in order to get the UI out of the way and see more of, say, a tall timeline in Premiere Pro. But always 1440 for casual use.
  3. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    I think most of the time I'll be at 1440x900 on my 15". My 47 year old eyes are happier than when set to 1650x1080.
  4. wchigo macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2015
    I've been using 1680x1050 on my 13" and enjoying the extra real estate I get compared to 1400x900, which was the highest resolution you could get on the 12" MB. However I do sometimes have to strain a bit to make out smaller text on this resolution, so I've been contemplating making a switch back down to 1400x900.
  5. Grolubao macrumors 65816


    Dec 23, 2008
    London, UK
    I tried 1680, but in the end I think the 1440 works out better since it's sharper so I'll stick with that for now
  6. garyleecn macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2014
    I just took a look at my 13inch, yeah apple is not setting default at a X2 retina level.

    13inch has a physical 2560*1600 resolution which is equivalent to 1280*800 'retina resolution'.
    however apple has set the default 'resolution' on 13 inch as 1440*900..

    hmm weird..

    and apple has also changed the words they used.

    it's used to be 'best for display' or scaled
    and now 'default for display' or scaled.

    probably as now the 'default for display' is NOT the 'best for display' right?
  7. ThisBougieLife thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jan 21, 2016
    SF Bay Area, California
    Yup. The "default" is no longer the "best" one since text and graphics are not as sharp on it (which must be why they eliminated the word "best"). I guess they wanted to make it look like they had increased screen real estate when they hadn't. Very crafty, Apple.
  8. Daniel L macrumors 6502

    Sep 15, 2009
    I noticed text being blurry as soon as I opened macrumors. Switched it back to 1440 and all is good. Apple should've upped the native res if they were going to up the default resolution.
  9. Antairez macrumors regular


    Mar 17, 2015
    1440 * 900.

    Simply because I stare at my laptop everyday all day long, I need to protect them ...
  10. garyleecn macrumors 6502a

    Jul 25, 2014
    well from my personal experience, if it weren't for your post, I wouldn't have noticed. neither the text become more blurry, nor I notice more screen real estate.
    well, the scree real estate maybe because I'm switching down from a 5k iMac, so it's much smaller anyway lol
  11. Cremerhm macrumors 6502

    Mar 24, 2012
    The Netherlands
    Nice topic! Was doubting a bit about the best resolution for me .. so maybe this tops helps ;-)

    I've got my first 15" MacBook. Before I had the 13" versions and always used the option where it gives the most screen real estate. So during my first set-up I choose that option for the 15" as well (1920x1200). But I notice my eyes are getting tired from it .. so maybe I should do a step back to 1680x1050

    Will compare to the 144x900 option as well, since it seems to be the sharpest.
    But I think I will lose to much real estate then with that one.
  12. NickPhamUK macrumors 6502


    May 6, 2013
    Whatever resolution that gives me readability when I'm without glasses.

    With glasses on, maximum screen real estate please!
  13. geachy92 macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2012
    The most you can get (without using 3rd party apps etc) on the 13" is 1680x1050 so if you change it to that on the 15" you'll get the screen space you're used to on a larger device so should be a lot nicer to look at.
  14. wchigo macrumors 6502


    Apr 6, 2015
    One thing that makes me want to stick with 1680x1050 is how much video I can get on-screen when watching videos on YouTube. With 1440x900, the box for the video remains fairly small and centred in the middle of the screen and won't resize itself, resulting in fairly large black bars on either side of the video.

    With the higher resolution, making the browser window larger (to match with the increased resolution) eventually allows the video to resize and take up more of the browser, thus creating a larger video without me having to resort to full screen. See the pictures attached for a better idea of what I mean.

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  15. Jaekae macrumors 6502a

    Dec 4, 2012
    Does anyone more have the problem that the set resolution isnt saved in the nvram? You see it if you change to a scaled resolution instead of default and during boot the white logo will flicker and change its size in middle of progress bar
  16. Coasterfanryan macrumors regular

    Nov 28, 2010
    Pittsburgh Pa
    I've been using the default resolution since day 1 and don't see myself going down to 1440x900 anytime soon.

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