Another Screen Resolution Question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by snerkler, Feb 14, 2012.

  1. snerkler, Feb 14, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2012

    snerkler macrumors 6502a

    Feb 14, 2012
    I've been questioning whether to get the standard or hi-res screen on a 15" MBP. I saw the 2 side by side yesterday and found the HR one significantly better in terms of quality, but found menus, web browser search bars and bookmarks on the bookmark bar etc too small. After 5 mins of using a hi-res one in store I had a headache and felt nauseous.

    I know you can zoom most things, but I do a lot of stuff on the internet and so the size of the search bar and bookmarks would be a real issue. Are Apple likely to release an update for OS X Lion so that you can change the things as listed above as I know you can't at the moment? I know you can change the screen resolution but this just makes it blurry and defeats the purpose of having the hi-res screen.

  2. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    well the higher resolution is more pixels on the same size screen thats why it makes the fonts smaller to make all those pixels fit
  3. snerkler thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 14, 2012
    Thanks. I do understand that but you can change a lot of different things such as icon size and was wondering if they're likely to release an update that allows you to change the size of menus, search bars etc. If you could increase the size of these then font size would increase with it. For example, if you could make the safari search bar and bookmark bar bigger/deeper then the text on these would appear larger too.
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    That's not likely to happen. It's much tougher and more problematic to increase the size of GUI elements.
  5. snerkler thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 14, 2012
    Ok, thanks
  6. snerkler thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 14, 2012
    For those users that have the current hi-res on the 15" MBP how many really struggled with it at first (eye strain/headaches/nausea) but got used to it for a while? How long did it take to get used to.

    In the UK Apple have a 14 day returns policy so I could get the higher res and try it for 2 weeks and see if I get used to it. The trouble with this is whether it takes longer than 2 weeks to get used to.
  7. iThinkergoiMac macrumors 68030

    Jan 20, 2010
    It's called resolution independence and Apple has been working on it for years. There's rudimentary support for it in Leopard, slightly better in Snow Leopard, and even more improvement in Lion. You can only access it through the terminal, though, so it is by no means an official feature.
  8. snerkler thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 14, 2012
    So are you saying you can increase the size of the menus etc? Could you explain what you mean when you say you can only access it through the terminal please? What's the terminal?
  9. bscott45 macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2012
    I bought a 15inch MPB 3 weeks ago with hi-res matte screen and have had no problems at all in reading the smaller text and have not noticed the effects of eye strain etc.

    I have absolutely no regrets on my choice of screen. Although the text is smaller than on the standard screen I find it sharp and easy to read and at 67 years of age I don't have particularly keen eyesight.

    I am sure that if you can spend some time in the Apple Store comparing the two side by side you would know whether or not the hi-res would be suitable for you and as you say you then have a 14 day window to return it which I think would be plenty long enough.
  10. snerkler thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 14, 2012
    Thanks. As you'll see from my initial post I did compare the 2 side by side and did struggle with the hi-res. However, in store it's somewhat of an artificial environment with the fluorescent lighting etc. Plus my other thoughts are that it could be something you get used to. Maybe a 14 day 'trial' is the way to go.

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