Classic MBP display question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thekb, Mar 21, 2017.

  1. thekb macrumors 6502a

    May 8, 2010
    I've got a 2012 classic MBP (non-retina) and I think the max resolution is supposed to be 1280 x whatever.

    When I use the Mac in clamshell mode, the external monitor displays much more screen real estate than the native display (It's 1920 x 1280). When I disconnect the external monitor, my MBP displays lower resolution and icons are larger as I would expect them to be.

    Here's my question: when I connect the MBP to the external monitor and do not close the laptop, the screen on the MBP looks exactly like the external monitor. The icons and screen real estate are the same. So is my MBP displaying 1920 x 1280? And if so, doesn't that mean the display is capable of displaying full HD all the time?
  2. caramelpolice macrumors regular

    Oct 6, 2012
    You're seeing a 1920x1080 image downscaled to your 1280x800 display, shrunken basically. You are losing a substantial amount of detail compared to an actual 1920x1080 image.

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