Hi-res 17" MBP: 133dpi on a daily basis?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by admiraldennis, Dec 14, 2009.

  1. admiraldennis macrumors regular

    Aug 19, 2002
    Boston, MA
    Anybody with a hi-res 17" MBP care to share some thoughts on working with a ~133ppi display on a regular basis?

    The allure of mobile 1920x1200 is strong, especially compared to 1440x900, and at the new price ($2299 educational) the 17" is finally a viable contender to the 15" value-wise. I've seen it in stores -- the display is beautiful, and everything seems legible to my young eyes. But I can't say I'm not a bit afraid of eyesore during long bouts of real-world use.
  2. gr8tfly macrumors 603


    Oct 29, 2006
    ~119W 34N
    I wear reading glasses, and don't find it too small (and, I might add, my eyes aren't quite as young as they used to be at 55). It's extremely sharp, especially with the stock glossy version. I'll also add it's the best display I've used yet (my latest comparisons are to 2006 C2D 17" MBP, 17" PB, and 20" ACD).

    You can always temporarily change font sizes in Safari; change default fonts in Mail; etc. You also have the control-scroll screen zoom feature which comes in handy at times.
  3. Gabriel GR macrumors 6502a

    Gabriel GR

    Jul 12, 2009
    Athens, Greece
    Honestly. I wish I had higher ppi in my 13". First week coming from a 1280x800 15.4 laptop everything felt too small. Now if feels normal and when I look at 17" macbooks I really wish they fit some more pixels in my 13".

    I can't cary a 17 and the resolution of the 15 is simply too low for me to consider its extra bulk
  4. striatedglutes macrumors 6502

    Feb 22, 2009
    I am constantly amazed every time I look at a 17" MBP. I wish they'd get 1680x1050 back in the 15" as a BTO option.
  5. auero macrumors 65816

    Sep 15, 2006
    I second this.

    I did find that at times the 17" was harder to use if you do a LOT of reading online. Otherwise its awesome. :cool:
  6. Penguissimo macrumors 6502a


    Nov 17, 2009
    I've been working with one for about a year now, and I don't ever want to go back to the standard-res screen. It's almost painful to even use a 1440x900 screen when on a friend's 15" Pro! Plenty of screen real estate for work (mostly word processing, audio editing, and music notation in my case) and file management, and it's gorgeous when playing movies. I have bumped up the default font size in Mail, and I do usually hit Command-+ a couple of times for most pages in Safari, but I also use the system on my desktop with an external keyboard and mouse most of the time, so it's farther away than perhaps a typical laptop would be. It's worth getting to an Apple store to check it out and make sure you like it, but I think it's absolutely worth the investment.
  7. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    it's very pleasant to work especially with photoshop editing but it always give me an eye sore when i read some web pages. it's been almost a year and yet my eyes still haven't adapted well to its gorgeous screen resolution. sometimes i think about buying a 20" with 1900x1200 res to hook it up.
  8. Thunder82 macrumors 6502

    Jul 16, 2008
    Chicago, IL
    I'll second this .. a second time :) I like the form factor of the 15", but the 1440x900 display just sucks in comparison to the 1920x1200 of the 17"ers.

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