Best screen res hack app

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by tbirdparis, May 30, 2015.

  1. tbirdparis macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2015
    So in my pre-purchase testing sessions of the rMB, I've been toying with apps that let you choose screen res options not available by default. I'm a fan of getting as much screen real estate as physically possible, (I've been one of those people who bought 17 inch MBPs until they dropped them.)

    I have sharp eyesight, so I found that I was pretty OK to work with the rMB even as high as 1920x1200, despite the 12 inch screen. Wouldn't always use it at such high resolutions, but found it perfectly fine for certain situations.

    So far I've only tried "switch res x", it was the first app I found which was free to try out.. Installed it temporarily on an in-store rMB and it seems pretty good.

    Does anyone have real experience with using 3rd party res switching apps? If there's one out there which is generally considered the gold standard, then I'd like to know about it so I don't waste time messing around with sub par or buggy ones when my rMB arrives.

    Most important to me are: a well-designed control panel UI, stability, minimal CPU/GPU penalty, minimal impact on battery life and a reliable developer who squashes bugs quickly and keeps up with OS updates so the app is always on point. Don't mind if the best one costs a lot more, just really don't want to waste time with any dodgy ones...

  2. durruti macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2004
    I sometimes use Retina Display Menu for my rMBP to run it at native 2880x1800.

    I tried a few (don't remember), and thought this one was the best.
  3. thitiv macrumors member

    Dec 3, 2011
    Bangkok, Thailand
    I have a paid license of SwitchResX before I discovered the freeware Retina DisplayMenu on this forum. I prefer Retina DisplayMenu much more than SwitchResX. The features of SwitchResX were nice but I rarely use them. The menu bar icon of Retina DisplayMenu looks more relaxing to me too.
  4. tbirdparis thread starter macrumors 6502

    May 30, 2015
    OK cool, thanks guys. I'll look into that one as well. Free, functional and simple is definitely a plus.

  5. Queen6 macrumors 604


    Dec 11, 2008
    Land of the Unexpected
    QuickRes, works as promised, never had an issue with the app.


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