Keeping 13" rMBP on Scaled Resolution?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thomasec, Nov 18, 2013.

  1. thomasec macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2011
    I'm just curious how many of you guys keep your 13" rMBP on a scaled resolution 100% of the time, and how this affects performance and usability.

    I'd gone through just about every option for my next setup, and finally settled on a 13" rMBP + thunderbolt display for home use, but after reading that people are still having display and animation issues, I'm starting to rethink things.

    I rely significantly on Excel and Parallels, so screen real estate and performance are both very important, but the 15" feels like too much to lug around.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I keep my 13" in Retina all the time, but I'm not working on large spreadsheets etc. I think you might be better off with the 15" if you do this type of work. It's not really that heavy...I USED to lug a 17" cMBP around with me...that IS heavy.:)
  3. neteng101 macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2009
    Do 1440x900 scaled. Open up multiple desktops and switch between them for each full-screen VM.
  4. secretanchitman macrumors 6502


    Sep 13, 2007
    If you do 1440x900 or 1680x1050, make sure you turn OFF lcd smoothing in system preferences - general! That alone made it 1000x better.
  5. blackreplica macrumors regular

    Sep 28, 2010
    I run scaled at max space. And also use it with my cinema display. I've never been able to make it lag anywhere. I also have font smoothing turned on
  6. Beezy253 macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2013
    Tacoma, WA
    I leave mines scaled, and have noticed a lot of choppy-ness compared to my 2009 cMBP.

    I have a late 2013 13" 2.6/16/256.
  7. ra004e macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2009
    Yes, "That alone made it 1000x better."

    Thank you
  8. vandoorn macrumors regular

    May 31, 2011
    I have mine in 1440x900. I traded in my air, so i couldn't live with the 1280x800.

    What does the "Use LCD font smoothing when available" do?
  9. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2012
    I didn't see any difference when I unchecked that setting.

    I have a 2012 13" rMBP, I'm now running in 1440x900 full time. It's every bit as smooth as the native retina resolution now. No lag except in certain crappy apps that aren't optimized (chrome, MS Office).

    1680x1050 is choppy as heck. It wasn't that way in Mountain Lion so I hope they fix it in 10.9.1.
  10. solo118 macrumors 65816

    May 16, 2011
    Thanks for the advice :) I will take care of that when i get home.
  11. vandoorn macrumors regular

    May 31, 2011
    I can see a clear difference between font smoothing when i type something in iMessage. The font with font smoothing on is much thicker than off. Try it yourself :) I wonder if it matters...
  12. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2012
    Yeah... now that I explored around a bit more I see many places where the fonts are improved by unchecking that box. The URL bar in browsers, MS Outlook, iMessage... they look nice and crisp now and eliminate the one little nitpick I had with running in a scaled resolution, that some of the fonts became inexplicably bolder.
  13. richard371 macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008
    Do you have any lags issue when just using the native res on the 27" and not the builtin lcd.

  14. Kartram macrumors newbie

    Mar 22, 2013
    I have used a 13 MBPr and a thunderbolt display setup, no issues. I carry my laptop around the house with ease and it is not too heavy. I used to have the 15 MBPr. I think the 13 MBPr is the best all rounder.

    I have 8GB RAM and 256GB SSD, run parallels and MS Office.

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