Adapting to the 13.3 inch screen after years of 15.4

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  1. sportsfrk214 macrumors 6502a

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    I've had my laptop for about 4 years now, and the screen is 15.4 inches, widescreen. Naturally I've gotten used to it. I'm pretty much decided on getting a MacBook as a replacement, but the only thing that concerns me is the 13.3 inch screen. I do not want to pay the extra to upgrade to MacBook Pro. Does anyone have issues with the screen size? And can anyone who has gone through a similar change share how the smaller screen worked for them in comparison to the bigger one? Thanks
     
  2. lxuser macrumors newbie

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    I went through the same thing and when I learned how to use spaces (the virtual desktop manager of OSX), the virtual desktops fixed all my problems. never looked back.
     
  3. isb macrumors newbie

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    It will be depending on what you do with your MacBook - web editing and photoshop etc. will get harder, but is possible, text editing will not be that much different unless you're used to work with 2 pages view (of course you will notice that the screen is less high, but you'll get around it in time). If you're used to work with a lot of windows, you can circumvent the limitation by using different spaces. On the other hand: you will definitedly notice (positively) that the macbook is smaller when you carry it around a lot :)

    I changed from 15.4 to 13.3 about 2 years ago and do almost all of my work with the macbook now, it's just more flexible in day to day use. The only thing that I am really missing is a) the better casing of my older powerbook and b) the missing expansion slot (but that can be solved by using USB accessories).

    I switched from a Powerbook G4 15.4" to the MacBook.
     
  4. GfulDedFan macrumors 65816

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    I went from a 17" to the MB and it is quite a difference. I think it's a big trade-off. My MacBook is much lighter and portable and that's the part I love the most. :)
     
  5. tmelvin macrumors 6502

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    I had a 15.4 DELL, and HP at two previous jobs. I have the MB now, and I love the portability and really don't miss the additional screen size. It could be that I'm just more productive with OS X, but who knows.;)
     
  6. macworkerbee macrumors 6502

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    Spaces can really help you adjust to the 13.3. If you set it up properly I think you'll get used to it very quickly.
     
  7. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    I too have fully embraced spaces. Its not the space I miss as much, its the viewing angle.
     
  8. mosx macrumors 65816

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    The MacBook screen is fine as far as size goes. The resolution is 1280x800 and thats no different than most 15.4" screens out there.

    So its really a matter of physical size and not lost resolution.

    What IS bad about the MacBook screen is the ghosting!

    Most MacBook panels have a response time of 24ms. So you get ghosting in everything from moving the mouse cursor around to moving windows to watching video. Very frustrating!
     
  9. mckyvlle macrumors 6502a

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    I had one of those hi-res 1680x1050 15.4'' Dell laptops. Was worried that the MacBook would be too small and low-res. False alarm, the MacBook screen is wonderful, got used to it in no time. Spaces helps a lot.
     
  10. myuserid08 macrumors 6502

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    I went from a 24" iMac to a 13.3" macbook, didn't really bother me, just find myself scrolling down pages more.
     
  11. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604

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    I went from a 14.1" screen to a 15.4" widescreen, and it was quite an adjustment. If I could have my 4lb laptop with the smaller screen back, I would do it in a heartbeat, even though it runs windows.
     
  12. Natsu macrumors member

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    What's ghosting?
     
  13. NewGenAdam macrumors 6502

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    Ghosting is a visual effect seen on screens, normally with high refresh rates (which is the length of time taken for a pixel to competely change colour). So higher is worse, and the MacBook has 24 milliseconds, which is pretty high.

    Ghosting looks like there is a short trail behind moving objects, especially when there's high contrast between the colours. It looks like an on-screen object is bleeding colour behind itself, and it's annoying if you notice.

    Re 13.3 inch: I've got a nice 17" 1920*1200 screen on a less nice Dell laptop, and I'm looking out for a new MacBook, hopefully in alumini(yes i)um.
    But 1280*800 is a little daunting, and even though I've been to the lovely Apple Store and seen such wonders as Spaces and Exposé, I'm still a little worried...
    Although the resolution is a cause for worry, I'm not really bothered by the 13.3 inch size, 4 inches shorter and 40 less cm^2. What matters to me is that I can still multitask to obscenity ^_^ . For which Spaces and Exposé should provide.
     
  14. mckyvlle macrumors 6502a

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    Exposé & Spaces works very well for me when I'm multitasking. I use my MacBook more now than my dual-headed Linux workstation when it comes to it! :cool:
     
  15. sportsfrk214 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah I'm not worried about the resolution, my current 15.4 inch laptop is 1280x800, same as the MacBook, the MB just crams it into a smaller screen. I'm pretty convinced that 13.3 inches won't be a problem, thanks =]
     

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