Font smoothing unnecessary on rMBP?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Modernape, Feb 27, 2013.

  1. Modernape macrumors regular

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    I've had my 13" rMBP for a few months now, and just tried turning off font-smoothing (system prefs>general, then log out and back in). The text looks way better than before - even sharper, less chunky, and there's certainly no need for 'smoothing'. Anyone else tried this and agree (or not)?
     
  2. robvas macrumors 68020

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    What resolution are you using? I'll try it when I get home ;)
     
  3. Modernape thread starter macrumors regular

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  4. All Taken macrumors 6502a

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    Nah, I prefer my text to look bolder, with this off text looks sharp pencil and faded. This is with a Samsung display on a 15" Retina, again, best for retina setting.
     
  5. nontroppo macrumors 6502

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    Hm, interesting I never thought to try this, the difference is pretty subtle, a wonderful testament to the pixel density of the retina display!!!

    Left = OFF | Right = ON (default) -- zoom to 50% to see it as intended

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  6. Ploki macrumors 68000

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    I had it disabled since I got it. :) Did it in the first hour I had it. I always click around when I get a new computer.
     
  7. chrise2 macrumors 6502

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    I just turned it off and it looks just fine. However, I'm wondering how things will look on my not so retina external display once I get back to work...
     
  8. Ploki macrumors 68000

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    To be honest they look fine on mine. 22" 1680*1050
     
  9. robvas macrumors 68020

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    Turned it off. I like the lighter weight appearance of the fonts.
     
  10. skaertus macrumors 68030

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    One of the main points of a retina display is to make font smoothing techniques unnecessary, right?
     
  11. Ploki macrumors 68000

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    Should be. Makes me wonder why is it turned on by default?

    Should just be an option "enable font smoothing for external displays"
     

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