External Monitor Full HD Font Blurry Smudgy

Discussion in 'macOS' started by blackbirdz, Jan 4, 2017.

  1. blackbirdz macrumors member

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    Apr 2, 2012
    #1
    I just bought new MBP Pro and connect it to HP 23ES 1080p Full HD monitor. I had been using this monitor with Windows laptop and text displayed had always been sharp as what expected from 1080p monitor. Then my new rMBP Pro came in and I connect the monitor with HDMI cable with an adapter as new MBP only has USB C.

    I found that the text displayed at the external monitor is smudgy and not as sharp as how 1080p should look like or when it's connected to Windows laptop.

    I have set all settings to make sure it is 1080p, LCD font smoothing disable/enable, reset the monitor to factory default, force RGB method and the problem still persists.

    So I installed VMware fusion to run Windows OS in Mac. Here is the interesting part, any content that is displayed in Windows OS - all texts are sharp as expected; but the same content displayed in MacOS - the text are smudgy.

    For example:
    I open gmail with Chrome browser in Windows (VMWare Fusion) - all the email texts are sharp.
    I open gmail with Chrome browser in MacOS - all the email texts are smudgy.

    I then reboot MBP and hold Cmd+R to go into the Recovery Mode - same thing, all texts displayed at Recovery Mode are smudgy.

    So I assume this might be problem with MacOS -or- that HP 23ES monitor does not play well with Mac (but usually monitor is universal)?

    I will appreciate if someone here could help with the solution. I do document editing a lot and looking at smudgy text is uncomfortable.

    Thanks,
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G4

    Fishrrman

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    Feb 20, 2009
    #2
    Check the Displays pref pane.

    Do you by any chance see an option for "underscan"?

    If so, try experimenting with it.

    The Mac -might- be "seeing" the display "as a tv screen", and NOT "as a computer display".

    Do this, and let us know what you find.
     
  3. blurrytext macrumors newbie

    blurrytext

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    Feb 20, 2017
    #3
    Hi blackbirdz. Have you found a solution for your problem?
    I'm actually experiencing the same issue. I bought a 24" full hd monitor and the text is just ugly. I can only use the screen for videos.
     

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