Anyone do a lot of reading on a MBP 13?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by hazedragon45, Dec 3, 2009.

  1. hazedragon45 macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2009
    I've decided not to print all of my Lecture Notes and Articles that i'm supposed to read for my Finals

    Spending 3+ hours reading in Preview sort of hurts my eyes: headache..
    Does anyone know of any film for the screen to make it easier to read off of?
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604


    Dec 29, 2006
    dallas, texas
    Reading text off of screens at high speed doesn't work out so well. The printing method is the only one for me, besides the pen.
  3. MikhailT macrumors 601

    Nov 12, 2007
    An ebook reader or printing them out are the only options I can think of. I had a laser printer for this purpose, I couldn't stand the reading on the laptop.
  4. macbook yes macrumors 6502

    Jun 1, 2009
    definately dont read in dark. try flipping the colors so the contrast isn't as bad.
  5. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    The key is to take frequent breaks and not spend long times on the screen.
  6. harlequin29 macrumors newbie

    Nov 28, 2009
    you could lower your brightess to the point where you can barely see it?
  7. hazedragon45 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2009
    right now.. the only thing that's working for me is putting my MBP about an extra foot in front of me and reading in a well lit room. Just got this 2 weeks ago and thought this would solve all my printing problems.. j

    I'd be nice if there was a screen thingy that you pop on your macbook just when u want to do some "intense" readings
  8. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    higher resolution, larger screen on a dimmer setting may help, maybe consider getting a 24" external monitor?
  9. takamine macrumors member

    Dec 24, 2007
    I did the same thing as you. I stopped printing lecture notes since the start of last year and went 100% to notes on the Macbook. It was at one stage when I felt my eyes were strained that I went out and bought a 22" monitor. Never had eye strain since then. I recommend plugging into an external monitor.
  10. hazedragon45 thread starter macrumors regular

    Oct 23, 2009
    Interesting.. I dont see how a bigger screen is going to help. Wouldnt that be more straining on the eyes/?
  11. MikhailT macrumors 601

    Nov 12, 2007
    A large screen will have larger text font that should be less straining for your eyes but I disagree that it will 100% help you. I have 24" monitor and I still prefer paper or eink display.
  12. Velin macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    Hearst Castle
    This is when the display technology in your monitor becomes important. In my experience IPS panels are superior to other, "cheaper" TN panels. The viewing angle, image quality, and everything, really, is superior with IPS technology.

    I use a 26" H-IPS panel from NEC. I can stare at this monitor for extended periods and it's a joy to work with. The later-model, large iMacs also used IPS panels.

    If you're unsure what all this means, read LCD Panel Technology for a quick primer (ignore the article's link to monitor lists, it is seriously outdated).

    Our office runs on Macs -- decked out Mac Pros and iMacs. We do a lot of reading, writing and document review on our computers. And I won't do it on anything but a top-of-the-line H-IPS panel. The difference between a cheap monitor and a quality H-IPS panel is stark, once you begin working with a quality monitor.
  13. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    So you bought a 13" MBP to solve your printing problems? Wouldn't spending $75 on 1500 printed pages be a better investment.

    I don't understand people who do this. Printed pages are much more accessible, you can highlight, take notes in the columns, read it in your commute.

    Also, when reading from a printed page, you are using ambient/reflective light. When you are reading from a computer screen you are staring directly at the light source. This is terrible for your eyes in the long term.
  14. elpmas macrumors 68000


    Sep 9, 2009
    Where the fresh snow don't go.
    try not to use it as might help with your eye strain. if not, do eye work exercises :]
  15. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    At school I read/write on a MacBook for 3-4 hours a day, and its fine for me...
  16. nekcih macrumors newbie

    Jun 2, 2009
    Use computer glasses

    I found Gunnar computer glasses a while ago. It's $60 for the cheapest pair and it's made a world of difference for me. I'm on the computer all day reading text (I'm a programmer). I used to have eye strain and headaches every day after work. I read an article on lifehacker about these glasses where he said those symptoms went away. Half-scheptical I decided to give it a try. I had the exact same response. Eye strain and headaches completely went away. My eyes also don't dry out as easily with these glasses on. Best $60 I've spent in a long time.

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