Picture Quality on MacBook? HD?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tssmithaz, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. tssmithaz macrumors newbie

    Nov 19, 2008
    Hi I was wondering what the picture quality on a MacBook is? Is it the same as HDTV? If so can you play HDDVD's or other downloadable HD videos on it?:eek:
  2. Eminemdrdre00 macrumors 6502a


    May 10, 2008
    Yes its HD, its basically a 720p display. 720p is 1280x720 and the Macbooks resolution is 1280x800. You cant play HDDVD disks because it only has a DVD drive, but if you can find 720p videos online they'll look great! Apple.com has tons of free HD movie trailers.
  3. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    If you buy a MacBook, check out the 1080p trailers at www.apple.com/trailers. Those are baaaaaaaadddddd. Like the above poster said, the res is basically a 720p screen (which, contrary to the uninformed, is HD). I think every computer screen that Apple uses is HD, so you're going to get good video quality.
  4. Smacky macrumors 6502

    Jul 23, 2008
    Well the screen doesnt have the potential to display true 1080p (e.g. blue ray / hd-dvd) because it doesnt have 1920x1200 resolution
    So it will downscale the picture I imagine
  5. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
    It won't display 1080P on the screen, but an external, say 24" 1920x1200 will show up just fine. even the older white models with the crappy Intel GMAs

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