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Tech198

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After using a Macbook Pro Retina for a while, is it natural to look at Macbook Air and say "It looks to grainy" ?

Perhaps i''m more used to Retina screens, as i gotten used to them, but now i'm on a MBA 2015, I can differently tell the difference. Part of me says "everything has a more washed-out look" to it..

It's always like saying "Trying to get back into old habits again".. What are your views? I like my Air, but the screen is really bothering me... I could do as much as i could but i think it's just the screen
 

Tech198

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no, its just a general question do others feel the same coming from a Retina display and if not, why not ? I need to know weather it['s just my Mac that has is the problem or how it always looks.
 

A.Goldberg

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no, its just a general question do others feel the same coming from a Retina display and if not, why not ? I need to know weather it['s just my Mac that has is the problem or how it always looks.

Yes... switching between two screens, one with pixels smaller than the eye can discern, the other has discernable pixels, you will know the difference. I believe the technical term is "screen door effect", though if I'm not mistaken that may be more targeted toward the space between pixels than the actual size. Furthermore, retina displays do have better color representation specifications.

The Retina display is a higher quality monitor, and yes, for me it's easy to notice switching back to lower spec monitors. Given that I switch between on a fairly regular basis, I feel I adapt quickly.

It's like looking at two pictures of the same size, one high resolution, one low. The high resolution will tend to looks better.
 
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bunnspecial

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I don't have an Retina screen computers, but my main computer is a 15" 2012 MBP with a matte high resolution screen(high resolution in this context means 1680x1050 as opposed to the 1440x900 of the standard screen).

This screen has the same PPI as the MBA screens, but that's where the similarities end. The gamut is much better and it's just overall a higher quality panel. Especially now that the MBA has become Apple's "budget" model the screen is ignored a bit. To see another example of this, put a 2008 Aluminum MacBook next to any 13" MBP-it's astounding how much better the screen on the MBP is.
 

lowendlinux

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While it's not exactly the same I have a Chromebook Pixel that screen is nice, but I still don't look at my wife's '11 or my work issued '09 13" MacBook and think how terrible it is I don't even really think about it.
 

andreyush

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I have Retina and Air, and from a certain distance you can easily see the diference between the two displays. But if you're far enough (not much) from the screen then it's NOT SUCH A BIG DEAL. Maybe the contrast and the gamut are better on retina (for sure..actually) but at the end of the day, is just a f!@# screen and Air is still a decent device with a decent screen.
 

aevan

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After using a Macbook Pro Retina for a while, is it natural to look at Macbook Air and say "It looks to grainy" ?

Perhaps i''m more used to Retina screens, as i gotten used to them, but now i'm on a MBA 2015, I can differently tell the difference. Part of me says "everything has a more washed-out look" to it..

It's always like saying "Trying to get back into old habits again".. What are your views? I like my Air, but the screen is really bothering me... I could do as much as i could but i think it's just the screen

It depends what do you pay attention to and what kind of content do you value. But for a lot of people, once you see a Retina screen or any HiDPI panel, all non-Retina screens look pale in comparison.
 

pukrnukr

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If you go from any MacBook retina screen then to a air and don't notice a difference... I think you are either older with degrading eyesight or you should get your vision checked out.
Honestly some people just don't care about the quality so they don't notice. Like when HDTVs first came out and a lot of people were just happy watching tv on a big screen even if it was SD when the same channel was also available in HD. For me, once I had a retina or HD screen I never wanted to go back to a low resolution screen and always noticed a difference.
 
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mcomp112

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Yes, I find reading to be so much more pleasant on a Retina screen vs non-Retina. I can definitely feel the difference between them and would not like to go back to non-Retina.
 
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