How much better is the hi res screen?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by booch, Feb 4, 2009.

  1. booch macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2008
    I just got a late 2008 17" MBP with the backlit Hi res screen and I dont really see any difference from the normal screen.
    What is the advantage to the backlit LED screen?
  2. Liquidpics macrumors member


    Jan 29, 2008
    New Jersey

    It's brighter. I would be more curious about the differences in the resolution of the hi-res versus the non hi-res. You mention you have the late '08 but it sounds like you have the early '08, because (correct me if I'm wrong) I thought the hi-res was only available with that model? Do you have the unibody?
  3. Quu macrumors 68030


    Apr 2, 2007
    First of all the Higher Resolution enables 1:1 ratio playback of 1080P movies

    Old Display: 1680x1050, new Display: 1920x1200. In desktops terms 20" monitors are 1680x1050, and 24" monitors are 1920x1200 - So the new display allows you to have the same amount of Windows open as a 24" display.

    More windows can be open at once in full view (Until we get Resolution Independence :p).

    The LED backlights use around 30% less power then conventional display lighting. And the LED's are instant-on at full brightness while the previous display technology had some warming up time after just being turned on until they reached full brightness.
  4. NStocks macrumors 65816

    Apr 3, 2008
    Is this the unibody 17":confused:
  5. booch thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 11, 2008
    It is not the unibody
    It is a new refurb 17" 2.5 / 320/ 4g with 512 video card with the backlit LED Hi Res anti glare screen. I am returning a similar model that does not have the Hi Res screen. I only changed because it was only $150 more for the upgraded screen, memory and hard drive.
    How can I tell if it really has the Hi Res screen?
    It is from Apple so I'm sure they wouldn't screw me but I have no way to tell which screen it is.
  6. Quu macrumors 68030


    Apr 2, 2007
    Just go to the display properties if it says 1920x1200 then its high res if its 1680x1050 its standard.

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