Is MacBook Pro 15" Resolution a shame?

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  1. MacGiver macrumors 6502a

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    I have ordered a MacBook Pro 2.2GHz / 2GB / 160GB HDD / 15" Glossy...

    When i see the screen resolution 1440 x 900 i think it is quiet low and ridiculous for such a high range lap top...I am working on an old Dell D610, it is pretty old now...almost 2 years and the resolution is 1400 x 1050 ( SXGA+ ) so higher...

    Isn't it odd...i do not say that i will see a big diff but it looks really cheap from apple to have such a low range display. For a lower price i could get PC with much better resolutions.

    Thoughts? Anything else should be considered to make such comparisons? Do you think the resolution is good enough?
     
  2. Bearxor macrumors 6502a

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    Yes. It is a crying shame.

    I'm so used to the 1680x1050 screen on my Dell 6000. Everytime I boot up the Dell now I look at the screen and say 'Wow! I wish that screen was on my MacBook!'

    Wonder if I can transplant it :(
     
  3. techlover828 macrumors 68020

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    I find it fine but I'm not use to nice computers. My 22" only has 1680x1050 so i guess thats pretty bad too
     
  4. knelto macrumors regular

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    I don't think 1440x900 on a 15" is all that bad, but maybe that's because a friend of mine has a two-year old 17" Dell and that's his native resolution.

    I have 1920x1200 on my old 17" Dell and even then some people complain that everything is small. Personally I couldn't really imagine that res on a 15".
     
  5. Mistershark macrumors regular

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    I think we will definitely see a resolution jump on most Macs with the res-independence in Leopard.
     
  6. Shepherd macrumors newbie

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    I have no problem with the resolution on the 15" mpb. I'm rarely editing high resolution images or videos on the go and I like to be able to read the text on my screen ;).

    People who need higher resolution, such as graphic designers, almost always have an external monitor back at home to plug into. Don't forget that all the mbps can power the 2560x1600 30" ACD, so they're not limited by the resolution of their built in screen. If you really have a project that requires higher resolution, plug into a large monitor since you'll probably be in a workplace environment anyway and not on the move. For mobile purposes I find 1440x900 ideal for that screen size.

    I don't support upping the resolution of the displays just so that mac users can have more bragging rights. We have enough as it is.

    -Shepherd
     
  7. aliquis- macrumors 6502a

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    oh course 15.4" should be 1680x1050 and of course 1920x1200 should be the only option for the 17".
     
  8. vicious7 macrumors 6502a

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    hm, I think the resolution is fine on a 15" screen. Any higher and I wouldn't be able to read text on the screen. I even find it fine for PS and FCP work on the road.
     
  9. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    does your high resolution dell display have LED backlighting?

    didnt think so, so in about 3 years that display will be half as bright as when you bought it and my lovely 1440x900 mbp display will be just as bright as the day it was made:cool:

    if you want a hi resolution display BUY THE FREAKING 17" MODEL
     
  10. Zorn macrumors 6502a

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    The resolution was one of the main reasons I sold my 15" Macbook Pro and just ordered the 17" one with 1920x1200. I hated how little would fit in the screen. Of course, I've become spoiled by having a 30" monitor so if you aren't used to having huge resolutions it may not matter to you as much.
     
  11. theman macrumors 6502a

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    my dell 15.4" is 1280x800. i am looking forward to the higher res on the 15". if you want more res, just get an external monitor. watching movies on a notebook is lame anyway.
     
  12. techlover828 macrumors 68020

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    I like watching movies on my MBP on Planes.
     
  13. iTeen macrumors 65816

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    even with the low res on the macbook i like it lots. everything is the right size
     
  14. Bearxor macrumors 6502a

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    No.

    The Dell is noticeably dimmer than the MBP. The MBP is BRIGHT! Super bright! Too bright. I run it at 25% in Windows and somewhere between 35-50 in OS X. I have no idea why Windows is brighter than OS X. The wife says the MBP looks washed out. I agree.

    But, I'm not here to argue about the brightness. The Dell was always perfectly bright to me and as I've said, I run the MBP at a fraction of the full brightness all the time.

    I'm here to talk about resolution. Often I'll need two browser windows open to type data back and forth. This is extremely difficult on the MBP. I'll need to either squeeze windows really tight and align the text I want in a readable position. Well, heres a good example of what I'm talking about:

    [​IMG]

    This is the MBP. 15" 1440x900. Can't put up two IE windows side-by-side and see the whole page. So here's an Inspiron 6000 15" 1680x1050 thats about two and a half years old:

    [​IMG]

    Slightly out of focus but you should get the point. Two IE windows open side-by-side with the full width of the web page open plus a gap between the windows. This becomes even more useful for working with multiple web pages and such.

    Here's a side-by-side shot just for those interested:
    [​IMG]

    You know what, this isn't a solution. PC manufacturers have offered 1680x1050 and 1920x1280 screen on 15" laptops for three years. I nearly bought the 1920x1280 on my Dell, but decided the $175 price delta between it and the 1680x1050 wasn't worth it. An external monitor is also not a solution for me. I solely use laptops. My desk is 1ft wider than the laptop. The 17" isn't a solution because I carry it everywhere I go. I would prefer a 12" or 13" but refuse to accept a 1280x800 screen. I would take a 1440x900 in that size though.

    All I'm saying is that it's shameful that Apple hasn't given it's 15" laptop users the flexibility and choice that other laptop manufacturers have had for years, but then again, I wouldn't expect anything less from the fruit company.

    In the end, I like the MBP because it's insanely fast, a pound and a half lighter than my Dell, has a backlit keyboard, the awesome MagSafe power connector, the great video card (coming from the X300 in the I6000), the fact I can run Windows and OS X and that it only cost me about $120 bucks. In the end, I only wish I could have exchanged it for one with a 1680x1050 screen and 2 more USB ports and throw in a SD card reader for crying out loud Apple!

    EDIT: And a hard drive activity light. I swear, I'm, looking at this thing and I don't even know if it's doing anything sometimes. At least if it had a HD activity light I would know it's reading the HD and not just plain locked up not doing anything.
     
  15. rajfantastic macrumors member

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    my 15" SR MBP at 1440x900 is amazing, compared to my 15" G4 powerbook that has a dull, yellowing 1280x854 display. I'm pretty sure this is higher res than DVD, so watching movies isn't a problem.
     
  16. Bearxor macrumors 6502a

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    DVD res is 720x480. So yes. I haven't seen a 640x480 screen on a notebook in ages. Entry level these days are 1280x800 and 1280x1024, unless you're talking ultra-portable range.
     
  17. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    so just open them horizontally instead of vertically of each other, itll solve your problem :D

    yes well, we all know how much apple likes giving users custom options on their products...

    ive actually never noticed thats missing, and when the lid is open there is no power indicator light either
     
  18. luminosity macrumors 65816

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    As someone who spent about close to seven years in 1024x728 resolution, my MBP's resolution is great :).
     
  19. jdechko macrumors 68040

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    Too true. At work I enjoy dual 1440x900 19" monitors for doing my CAD work. But when working from home, I'm stuck on a 12" 1024x768 display. I think the display resolution on the 15" is great, but I'm leaning towards the hi-res 17".

    For reference, my co-worker has a 17" HP with a 1440x900 display. Apple has a very high DPI across the boards.
     
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  21. MacGiver thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    OK guys thanks for all the comments...i still wonder not being an expert how to look at screen resolutions...for example on my LG L1920P 19" with a resolution of 1280x1024 is this better or not than the MBP 15" 1440x990? a bit confusion as 1440 is better than 1280 but 1024 is better than 990?

    What do you think?
     
  22. wallaby macrumors 6502

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    Alright n00b, listen up.

    1280x1024 is the standard resolution for square 19" LCD screens (which are 5:4 aspect ratio, a bit more square than the typical 4:3). Macbook Pro's run at widescreen resolution of 1440x900, which is a 16:10 aspect ratio (close to the current HDTV standard of 16:9). The aspect ratios refer to how tall the screen is compared to how wide it is. So while a 1280x1024 screen has slightly more pixels than the MBP's, it's a standard definition aspect ratio instead of a widescreen one.

    In actuality, the square panel has more pixels (multiply them out): 1310720px
    Compared to the MBP: 1296000px

    Personally I like widescreen aspect ratios better since they're the future standard, but I still use a standard definition 19" external monitor and it works fine for any task.
     
  23. MacGiver thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    So in term of resolution quality these are equivalent considering one is 16:10 the other 5:4....
     
  24. macjonny1 macrumors 6502a

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    Please show me a 3yr old LCD that is half as bright as a new one of the same model. That is marketing BS. My 7yr old windoze laptop (15" Dell, 1400x1050) is just as bright as ever. At the rate you talk it should be pitch black now.

    Anyway, I suspect that the reason Apple's 15" laptop res isn't higher is because of who they are getting their panels from, not cost necessarily. I mean the high res version only costs 100$ more in the 17" version so I don't think a higher res 15" panel would cost that much more. I'm thinking there are other reasons that they don't other than just to save money...
     
  25. squeeks macrumors 68040

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    hehe you so funny

    first i doubt anyone makes the same model for 3 years cause i would really like to find a second samsung 940bw like the one i bougth a year ago, and know what? they dont make it anymore.

    second

    i have an HP laptop thats 3-4 years old and i guarentee you that it only has half the brightness that it did when it was new, anytime i buy a new LCD im amazed at how bright it is compared to the one i was previously using, i recently upgraded from dual 17" LCDs to dual 19" LCD same mfg, and the brightness is almost night and day, so say whatever you want about it being marketing BS, but its true.

    or are you doubting my statement that that my LED monitor is going to stay bright? Which is what it sounds like.
     

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