Is the Hi Res worth it?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Kauai, Feb 26, 2011.

  1. Kauai macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2010
    After months of waiting for the new MBP's to come out, I'm finally about to pull the trigger. I'm almost certain I'll be going with the 2.2GHz top end 15" with 500GB HDD 7200RPM. Now the only choice for me to make is, HiRes or not?

    Always having used PCs (and thus not had much customization, that is) I assumed it would make things look better. After all, in this day and age High Definition and High Resolution are the two big monikers. (I now understand those two things are different.) But after doing some research I've found out that most people don't buy HiRes because it makes the screen look better (although it may make things look sharper) but rather for more screen real estate.

    I plan to make this computer last a few good years (considering I'm spending 2k+ on it!) so I'd really like to have what I can now and later down the line upgrade the parts when I've recovered from the purchase. Hence why I didn't go with a 15" low end and upgrade to a SSD.

    What are your opinions on HiRes. Do you like it? Will it make things like games and non-HD content much smaller? Anything else I should know?

    Thanks guys.
  2. nygfan80 macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2010
    I think your best bet is to go to an Apple store and find out for yourself. There are also a few YouTube video's but I am not sure it's going to exactly help you out. Hi-Res is not for everyone.
  3. namtaB macrumors regular

    Feb 22, 2011
    I agree. Go to the store and check the screens.
  4. innominato5090 macrumors 6502


    Sep 4, 2009
    I can't see any disadvantages: crisp images, more room for stuff, better multitasking.
    Really, it totally worth. It's not like the dispute between glossy and matte: if you can afford that, take it.
  5. skitzogreg macrumors 6502


    Oct 31, 2007
  6. peapody macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    please do a search!! this has been asked so many times!

    Answer: It is worth it to some people, while not worth it to others.
  7. bcaslis macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2008
    Yes, it completely worth it! Picked up the 15" hires anti-glare 2.3GHz i7 last night. :D

    What a machine!
  8. iPhone1 macrumors 65816


    Apr 2, 2010
    San Diego, CA
  9. SubaruNation555, Feb 26, 2011
    Last edited: Feb 26, 2011

    SubaruNation555 macrumors 6502

    Dec 3, 2007
    Arlington, VA USA
    Pros: more screen real-estate / better productivity, anti-gralre option available
    Cons: increased price, possible eye strain

    As others have suggested, try to check one out in person. Good luck!

    FYI, here is a comparison between a MBP running 1680x1050 vs 1440x900 so you can see how things are a bit smaller.
  10. andrewface macrumors 6502


    May 17, 2006
  11. djasterix macrumors 6502a


    Apr 10, 2010
    Paradise City
    Go to an Apple store and check both resolutions, is a matter of personal taste.
  12. sandylp macrumors regular


    Jul 10, 2004
    San Francisco Bay Area
    Well, the hiRes does have 36% more pixels, so I would think the more pixels, the better. :)
  13. incongruity macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2010
    I was also worried about the difference. I went and checked out a high-res in person and it really didn't seem like it made it unusable in any way -- far from it, it felt HUGE yet readable.

    Go check it out then order - you'll feel better and won't second guess your choice... (Now all I have to fret about is the choice of glossy vs. matte...but that's another discussion)
  14. arctic macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2008
    If this is mainly for gaming, some folks here said the low res will give you better frame rates. And I'm guessing with the heat being reported now, the extra power the hi res is craving will also make the machine have higher tempts. Those are the only cons I could think of.
  15. fil3333 macrumors member

    Jan 21, 2009
    imo high resolution has just one downside which could be a dealbreaker!
    your question should be, is the content big enough to read for my eyes, f.e. the 'heading panel'...
    if you have no problem smaller lettering go for the high res....
    i know people who cant work on such high resolutions, for me its a no brainer to take the higher res.... :)
  16. eaf7s macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2009
    If the money isn't an issue, absolutely! No reason not to, really.

    Although I prefer the portability of a 13" machine and there are no real options with the screen, so I tend to deal on the road and have an HD monitor at home for just a little more than the upgrade price would be anyway--and it's 22" too.
  17. arctic macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2008
    I like this Gizmodo (standard vs Hi Res) comparison.

    So I'd rather spend the BTO cash towards the SSD or even the 2.3GHz upgrade. I always opt for better gaming results anyway. After five minutes in front of the screen, I won't even think of the difference in hi res anyway. It'll only look "better" if I have both machines side by side in a store. And I don't think my eyes would appreciate smaller print while reading web pages. I'd love the hi res if I'm getting a 17" or if I'm doing heavy photoshop work to see the microscopic details and vividness of my photos. Otherwise, I'd be happier with 2.3GHz+SSD upgrade. And my gaming framerates would also thank me. :apple:
  18. thirty7alpha macrumors member


    Jan 11, 2011
    Go with standard res (IMHO)

    Having seen them both, there's no way I'd go with the high-res screen. The fonts are readable and the added screen real estate are undoubtedly nice, but it's just too much of an effort to see stuff (for me). I also don't like the look of adjusting things to a non-native (i.e. lower res) format. That looks really fuzzy and wrong. The current standard screen res is great for most people, including me. ;)

    Again, someone said it before --- it's truly a personal decision. I can definitely see where some folks would love the high-res, but I'll just keep that $100 and buy some more RAM or good beer.

  19. arctic macrumors 6502a


    Jun 18, 2008
    THIS!!!!! ^^

    And it also cracks me up why the 13" camp is whining why there isn't a hi res option. I have the latest 13" MBA and the small print when reading the web for hours is not something I'm crazy about. Want hi res? I'd get a 17" or a big-a$$ external monitor instead of cramming it in miniature screens. It's okay for the 15" but imho, it should have came as a free option. I don't think I'd pay so I can strain my eyes :D. This is personal so cheers to those that paid and love their hi res.

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