Increase resolution on non-retina iMac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by bobsaget123, Jun 2, 2015.

  1. bobsaget123 macrumors member

    Dec 17, 2012
    I have a 27'' non-retina iMac and a new 12'' MacBook. I recently increased the resolution on my Macbook beyond factory standards using the method described in this thread, and it is great:

    Has anybody tried doing this for a non-retina iMac? Was wondering if it would 1. be functional and 2. actually be desirable/worth doing.

  2. steve23094 macrumors 68020


    Apr 23, 2013
    You can't. Your maximum resolution is 2560*1440.

    The method outlined in that post accesses the HiDPI modes on a Retina screen that are not easily available to a typical user. Apps such as Display Menu achieve the same thing in a simple format.
  3. xmichaelp macrumors 68000


    Jul 10, 2012
    Even if you could do it it would look awful displaying an effective resolution higher than the actual resolution of the display.
  4. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    On a Retina display, the smaller pixels and HiDPI means it's hardly noticeable, since 1 HiDPI pixel is still larger than an actual pixel on the display. On a non-retina display, while possible using an app such as Display Menu, it would have a much greater impact on display quality.

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