Is the screen better for reading than Macbook Pro's?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by trout2k, May 6, 2010.

  1. trout2k macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2010
    I have been holding out on getting an iPad because I am a little worried about the eyestrain issues. I currently have a 13" Macbook Pro and while the screen is rather nice, my eyes get quite tired after reading longer texts. Is the screen on an iPad any different and easier on the eyes?
  2. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    I am dyslexic and hence a slow reader.

    I read my first book on the iPad in about half the time it would have taken me with a paper-paged book. Not sure why.

    No eye-strain at all.

    As for compared to a MBP, the iPad's form and interface is just perfect for reading a long-form book.

    FWIW, I was using the Kindle Reader app with a book from Amazon.
  3. flyingturtle macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2010
    I have a 15" MacBook Pro and a iPad 3G 64GB. The screen on the iPad is better, but as far as eyestrain, I can't comment as I don't get it from either. I can read fine.

    However, you can set the iPad for white text on black background setting, which should help to prevent eyestrain if you plan on reading for a long period of time.

    Incidentally, your MacBook (Mac OS) has the similar accessibility setting, too. Just press Ctrl-Option-Cmd-8 to switch the colors.

    I used to use a similar function on my monochrome Palm devices when reading as white text on dark background made it easier to read my ebooks. (BTW, it's odd how long ebook readers have taken to become mainstream -- I was reading ebooks 8 to 10 years ago on Palm devices. At the time, I would have bet that it would have takes less than a decade for e-readers to become mainstream.)
  4. waloshin macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Almost anything is better then the 13" MBP screens.
  5. master-ceo macrumors 65816


    Sep 7, 2007
    The SUN
  6. illutionz macrumors 65816

    Oct 2, 2007
    Rhode Island
    Just wondering which color setting and brightness you picked for the Kindle app.
  7. kodos macrumors 6502

    May 1, 2010
    I can read my iPad screen all day, no fatigue whatsoever. The e-ink crowd loves to scream "eyestrain!". Well, reading on the iPad is much more pleasant than my Sony e-Reader ever was. Unless you like to read in bright sunlight. Then, the iPad is not for you.

    I do more reading at night in bed -- which requires an annoying light on the e-Readers (or a traditional book). I like the backlighting and some of the color options in the Kindle App.
  8. DKatri macrumors 6502

    Sep 2, 2009
    Birmingham, UK
    As long as you are in a room with decent lighting then eye strain shouldn't be too bad.

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