Hi Def Upgrade: Is it worth it?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dst98, Apr 12, 2011.

  1. dst98 macrumors newbie

    Apr 12, 2011
    I' m set on buying the MBP 15 2.2... Now I'm thinking if I should get the Hi def upgrade? Need your help for my decision!!!
  2. Apple 26.2 macrumors 6502a

    Apple 26.2

    Jan 1, 2011
    What up, 212?!
    Sure. Go for it!

  3. TRUCRACKER macrumors 6502


    May 31, 2010
  4. TheFarmer macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2011
    I think it's worth it, small price to pay for a much better display experience.
  5. AFPoster macrumors 68000

    Jul 14, 2008
    Charlotte, NC
    I got the high-end 15" and I got the HR anti-glare, best decision of my life!
  6. jvmxtra macrumors 65816


    Sep 21, 2010
    Put it this way. You are buying a bigger machine because you want to cram as much stuff as possible, go w/ the high res.

    If you plan to use them for more casual use and just want to browse some sites from couch or bed, go w/ the standard res.

    I bought high res and love the better detail and more room but I don't love the fact that it's hard to see when lying down on bed.
  7. squeakr, Apr 12, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 12, 2011

    squeakr macrumors 68000


    Apr 22, 2010
    I agree that it is worth it, but some think the text appears too small (and I wouldn't get anything but the Hi-Def AG, my wife has the Non AG and I cringe every time I have to use it). Your best bet is to go into a store and compare the displays. We can all tell you what we personally prefer, but only you will know what works for you and what you prefer. Some of the people (especially older users, as the eyesight gets worse as one gets older, it is just a sad fact of life) say that the smaller texts hurts/ strains their eyes and gives them headaches. It would be in your best interest to try before you buy.
  8. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    Get the hi def? HELL YEAH! I got the glossy HD as I find it more crisp and do not need antiglare.

    You haven't lived until you have watched porn at the 1680x1050 resolution of the high def screen.
  9. vipergts2207 macrumors 68000


    Apr 7, 2009
    Columbus, OH
    Hi-res is totally worth it imo. You get a fair bit more screen real estate to work with, even if everything is a bit smaller.
  10. TXBDan macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2008
    Boston, MA
    CMD-+/- (zoom) is your friend with the AG while web browsing. I love my AG as i can zoom text very nicely if needed, but all the peripheral junk is nice and small giving me lots of space.
  11. mackage macrumors 6502

    Apr 6, 2011
  12. iMackPro macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2011
    lets just say there has been a lot of people buying the SD display and have returned it for the HD:rolleyes:

    very few people say they cant read the text on the HD display but if you don't have terrible vision then its not a problem, i really didn't even notice it when i switched from me SD mac
  13. aznguyen316 macrumors 68020


    Oct 1, 2008
    Tampa, FL
    H-res def worth it. $100 isn't much compared to the other upgrade options, and you can't go back and change this! Add another $50, for AG and it's win!
  14. tcador macrumors 6502

    Jan 16, 2008
  15. darkeartg macrumors regular

    Jan 27, 2011
  16. espressoroast macrumors member


    Feb 3, 2008
    Best 100$ you can spend on an upgrade.

    Glossy vs. anti-glare is a matter of opinion and requirements.
    But more dpi is better.
  17. Chazn macrumors regular

    Mar 25, 2011
    While comparing two resolutions on the 15" MBP in an Apple store i noticed that the standard display (1400x900) gives you a horrible video/movie experience in my opinion. Mind you, the movies were in HD quality. Whenever you get to a night time scene the black colors are very blocky and blurry which makes the outline and of the actors themselves in the movie very hard to see. Movies with dark settings such as Harry Potter Deathly Hollows Part 1, Batman movies and most action movies won't be a joy to watch on the standard display.

    The hi res makes everything look sharper and crisp even in low lit movies.
  18. Anshi macrumors newbie

    Jul 31, 2010
    Ontario, Canada
  19. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    Obviously, you have not seen porn in true 1680x1050; otherwise, you would be saying that 'porn on the HD MBP screen is pure WINNING!'
  20. Icy1007 macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2011
    Cleveland, OH
    I got the standard resolution, but when at home I have it connected to my 27" 2560x1440 monitor over HDMI. Best of both worlds.
    I've been using 1920x1080+ resolution monitors for years. 1680x1050 is really not that big...

    Also, please people stop calling it the "HD" screen. HD means nothing when talking about computers.
  21. squeakr macrumors 68000


    Apr 22, 2010
    We generally associate HD with televiosn, but it actually refers to the pixel density and ratios, so technically HD is correct.

    From Apple's own discussion boards:

    Q1. What are high definition and standard definition?

    A. HD and SD are video resolutions defined by the dimensions of the frame size. Standard definition is 720x480 or 720x576 depending on the geographic location. High definition is anything greater than this. The two most common HD resolutions are 1280x720 and 1920x1080. Since digital video uses precise measurements of frame size, all digital video is either SD or HD.
  22. Jmouse macrumors 6502

    Mar 14, 2011
    I regret not having the upgrade on my mbp, however there was no stock for the HD one and i was so desperate to get 1 that day. 100 extra isnt much when you have the extra cash. What happens if you don't , you settle with the SD screen.

    If you can afford , do it. if not dont worry about it.
  23. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    At least we know why you upgraded.
  24. iMackPro macrumors 6502

    Mar 31, 2011
    its worth it 1000%; however, I've seen some posts here, and on apple discussions where people choose the SD screen due to smaller text (i don't notice it at ALL) or for better gaming on the machines. just something to think about. if you get the 2.2 the graphics shouldn't be a problem, i wouldn't think?

    the text thing is purely personal opinion, i truthful think the people that say that are probably blind or old. or both :D
  25. NickZac macrumors 68000


    Dec 11, 2010
    Can you blame me?

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