Font Distortion when Scrolling

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by JimboMac, Nov 14, 2014.

  1. JimboMac macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2011
    I've recently got a new 11" Air (i7-8-256) that has come ready to go with Yosemite. I've been a longterm user of a 2011 Air with Lion, then Mountain Lion on it, but decided to upgrade to have more memory/storage and USB3.

    Something I noticed straight away on the new Air was a 'speckling' effect on many of the fonts either on websites or in PDFs in Preview, as I do a twin finger scroll at reading speed.

    I switched back the older Air, and if I really look for it, I can see the slight distortion on the text as it scrolls at slow speed, but it is not at as obvious as on the newer machine.

    I was wondering if anyone else had noticed this effect, especially if they have upgraded from an earlier OS X to Yosemite?

    Maybe it was the new/different screen accentuating something that was always there, and has made me conscious of it. Maybe it's just the fact I've been 'spoilt' by the smoothness of scrolling on the retina screens of the iOS devices I use too.

  2. capathy21 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2014
    Houston, Texas
    Having only had experience on a 2014 Air and 2013 retina Pro I can tell you they both do it. It is more obvious on the Air due to the lower pixel count but I find it to just be OSX in general. It drove me crazy at first and I still don't like it but I live with it due to how much better OSX is at everything else.

    As far as it being worse than it was on your old Mac, I am not sure. Hopefully someone else has also noticed it and can help out.
  3. JimboMac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 25, 2011
    Thanks, you are indeed right. The distortion is there on my older Air too. But I have to look for it a bit more. Both using the same screens (Samsung), but the contrast and optimum viewing angle is slightly different between them. So it makes it less obvious on the older machine.

    I think too, (and not trolling here, honest!), because I've been having to use a Surface Pro 2 at work a lot recently, I've grown used to the higher pixel density. That said, you can't beat OS X in such a small and portable form factor.

    Thanks again.

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