Apple sticking with 16:10.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SansSociety, May 2, 2010.

  1. SansSociety macrumors newbie

    May 12, 2006
    London, UK
    I a lot has been said about anti-glare vs. glossy and i5 vs. i7, but what do you guys think about Apple's decision to stick with the 16:10 aspect ratio for this generation of Macbook Pros.

    I personally liked this choice a lot and it was one of the prime motivators for me to pick up the updated 15". I couldn't imagine computing on a 16:9 screen, especially for a laptop.

    I use my computer for work and school and never use it to watch movies, besides the occasional youtube clip or TV show.

    I don't want to imagine the day that Apple's forced transition to 16:9 like every other pc manufacturers. It's truly a shame because there wasn't a compelling reason for OEM's to move to 16:9 in the first place, besides the bottom-line.

    Anyways, your guys' thoughts on all of this???
  2. aiqw9182 macrumors 65816

    Apr 22, 2010
    Next refresh in the 4th quarter of 2010 the MBP will likely go 16:9 like the iMac did. They have to redo the logic board on the 13" anyway, so it would make sense. By the 4th quarter, Sandy Bridge will likely be out as well. I personally don't really care as long as I'm not losing pixels. If they increase the pixel density, I don't see the problem. Maybe they'll finally incorporate IPS into their laptop displays.
  3. parajba macrumors 6502

    Apr 19, 2008
    I actually quite like the 16:10 format for wordprocessing, photoshopping, spreadsheet, surfing and general applications.

    I think the 16:9 is more suited for multimedia (i.e. watching movies!) more than anything...

    Before buying my current new MBP i checked a few Win7 laptops, mostly in 16:9. I found the screen a little too small, even if they were 15.4''.

    The 15.4'' screen of this MBP looks bigger (i.e. taller). Quite pleased with it.
  4. dreven79 macrumors member


    Mar 30, 2010
    Perth Western Australia
    16:10 for sure...

    Really don't like the 16:9 ratio, too little vertical space....

    16:9 is only for watching movies....
  5. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
  6. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    16:10 is the best for small screens.
    For screens that is 24 inch or larger, i s'pose 16:9 is pretty usable, but i still prefer 16:10
  7. Mike777 macrumors member

    May 1, 2010
    The stunt they pulled with the ipad was freaking stupid. 4:3? Come on. All that means is developers of iphone games need to do much more fiddly coding and possibly break their game mechanics trying to port to (or from) ipad, and that movies need big black bars.

    The ipad was really stupid for not supporting 16:10. Instead you got this big ass beziel border.

    At least with a netbook you can view movies as intended without wasting a quarter of the screen with black bars.

    Unless you enjoy stretchy spock ears in 4:3.
  8. bananaboi macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2010
    I had the vaio F which has the 16:9 and I couldn't stand how ugly it was.
  9. dusk007 macrumors 68040


    Dec 5, 2009
    I hate 16:9 because you get a smaller screen for the same bulkiness. It is okay if for very small 13,1" and smaller if you actually intend to use it on a lap (in the train or on a plane). It is also okay when the whole display is big enough 20"+.
    For 13,3-17" Notebooks it just sucks and if you define like me portability by the size of the Notebook you are worse of. If weight is your only concern it doesn't matter that much.
    I am also happy with Apple still having 16:10 but I am sure at the next redesign they will also switch to 16:9, which is probably next year with Sandy Bridge.
  10. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

    Dec 28, 2009
    I can't say how nice it will be to use a 16:10 screen again. As many others have stated we need notebooks for WORK not watching movies. I would take 1920x1200 any day over 1080p. I can actually notice a difference when working on documents with 16:10. I love it!!
  11. iMacmatician macrumors 601

    Jul 20, 2008
    Sandy Bridge is scheduled for Q1 2011.
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    Sep 7, 2008
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  13. vant macrumors 65816

    Jul 1, 2009
    16:10 is perfect.

    I'm not ready for the move to 16:9 yet.
  14. spaceballl macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    I prefer 16:10. I realize that 16:9 is good for movies, but I really value my vertical pixels when I'm working!
  15. MrCheeto macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2008
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