Is the Retina display currently usable?

2Turbo

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What I can't figure out is how everything not designed for a large resolution will look?

I use custom icons, docks, wallpapers. Can I simply revert the resolution back to more normal until these things are updated for higher res?

So does 1080p video look better or worse since it would be upscaled to 2880 or whatever? What about dvd video, will it look worse than lower res screens?

Basically worried most stuff will look horrible on this screen....

I'm really lost here, need some help. :(
 

bigpoppamac31

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What I can't figure out is how everything not designed for a large resolution will look?

I use custom icons, docks, wallpapers. Can I simply revert the resolution back to more normal until these things are updated for higher res?

So does 1080p video look better or worse since it would be upscaled to 2880 or whatever? What about dvd video, will it look worse than lower res screens?

Basically worried most stuff will look horrible on this screen....

I'm really lost here, need some help. :(
I just posted this in my own thread but this might answer your questions.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/5996/how-the-retina-display-macbook-pro-handles-scaling
 

2Turbo

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thx, so what im trying to figure out is with the scaling setting will it look at least as good as it did on a last gen mbp?
 

fancymichael

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I was wondering about the icons and dock backgrounds as well, I'm an avid CandyBar user.
The icons in Finder are all 512px icons scaled down to their respective sizes, so unless you keep your dock icons at larger than 256px they'll look fine on the retina display. The dock may be a little different, you might have to use dock backgrounds and indicators made at twice the resolution or keep your dock fairly small for them to stay as crisp.

I can't testify for the questions about the video though, Just think of a 480p video on a retina display iPhone. I assume it'd be about the same.
 

2Turbo

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Yup! I use CandyBar, Obsidian Menubar, SilentNight iTunes, Minimalistic Traffic Lights, TotalFinder, etc. Really killer setup, but worried how well it will look on this new screen. :(
 
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