Difference in font size:15inch MB Pro vs 15.6 laptop with 1600x900

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Michal11, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. Michal11 macrumors member

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    Hello guys,

    what is the difference in fonts and image size between standard 15.4 Macbook pro with 1440x900 resolution and some 15.6 laptop with 1600x900 resolution?

    Based on some calculators 15.6 with 1600x900 should have little bit more ppi so everything should be smaller on it but is the differnece noticeable? the thing is that I currently own 15.6 laptop with 1600x900 screen and I wish things would be little bit bigger on it. So I though that I could get a 15 inch macbook pro.

    What do you think about it? And is everything going to really be bigger on MB pro lets say about 10%: Or does mac os scale things differently so in real life even if resolution is lower everthing will be same or even smaller?

    (I have no possibility of seeing MB Pro in person)

    Thank you so much
     
  2. Vudoo macrumors 6502a

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    Yes it is noticeable. If the font is too small, have you tried making them bigger?
     
  3. Michal11 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes I know I can make it bigger in browser but I prefer it to be naturally bigger. If I resize that in browser everything gets blurry etc.

    notiecable smaller means 10%/20%/30% bigger?
     
  4. randomrazr macrumors 65816

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    just use i t the way it is you'll get use to it
     
  5. Michal11 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yes :) thats what I hope for. Actually a lot of people tell me that eyes will get use to it but my common sense tells me that if it is small for my eyes today it will be the same next week as well.
     
  6. SayMilesAway macrumors regular

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    Before my 15" MBP I used my PC connected to my 40" LCD TV. So naturally when I bought my MBP everything was tiny. I have since gotten use to it. You will get use to it IMO.
     
  7. randomrazr macrumors 65816

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    i switched from a 15inch macbook pro with stadard res to a 15 with high res. at first i was like wtf but after a day i gotton use to it and will never go back to a lower resolution screen. so much ncier
     
  8. bill-p macrumors 65816

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    Rest assured. The difference is noticeable. 10% is actually about right, but the more correct dimension would be about 5-6%.

    To be more precise, the actual calculation for it goes like this:

    15.6" screen at 1600 x 900 has 16:9 aspect ratio. Assuming that's also the right dimension, that means the width & height of the display is about 13.6" x 7.7".

    Assuming the text is 12 pixels high, its height on the screen would be: 12 * 7.7 / 900 = 0.102"

    15.4" screen at 1440 x 900 has 16:10 aspect ratio. Assuming that's also the right dimension, that means the width & height of the display is about 13.1" x 8.1".

    Assuming the text is 12 pixels high, its height on the screen would be: 12 * 8.1 / 900 = 0.108"

    It may not seem like much, but that text just grew vertically by about 1.5mm, or about two to three times the width of a mechanical pencil's tip.

    It's actually pretty noticeable that way, and the difference would only multiply as text size goes up beyond 12. But 12 is typical, and even so, we are already seeing a close to 10% growth (if you round things up).
     

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