possible to change to 1080p resolution?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by HiFiGuy528, Dec 4, 2016.

  1. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

    Jul 24, 2008
    Is it possible and wise to manually change 2016 MacBook screen to 1080p resolution? Would I loose a lot of battery life or hammer the integrated GPU?
  2. alex.marton macrumors 6502


    Jul 6, 2015
    My House
    The 12" MacBook already runs at (almost) 1440p. That is higher than 1080p. So my guess would be that you would get better battery life, and your GPU would work for longer. But I'm not sure, I don't think it will do it any damage. If it would do it any damage, Apple would probably restrict you from doing it. :)

    1920 x 1080 is a 16:9 ratio resolution. The MacBook has a 16:10 ratio screen. So that would mean that you would have 2 black bars on the screen.
  3. Attackapan macrumors newbie


    Oct 20, 2016
    There's an app called Quickres that'll let you change the resolution for your Mac. You can easily switch between resolutions with one click. For example I usually run the 1440x900 on my laptop and then change it to 1920x1080 if I want to watch a movie on my TV using airplay (my OCD gets triggered if the video doesn't fill up the screen). As Alex said there's a different ratio so if you use 1080p it won't 'fit' very well.

    I can't really speak for performance and battery life since I mainly use the 1440x900 option built into macOS. But I did try to run it at 'native' 2304x1440 thinking it would free the GPU up from the scaling and while my 2015 m3 did handle it fairly well, it was a bit choppy and the UI elements were so tiny I could barely read anything.
  4. protoxx macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2013
    On System Preferences/Displays, hold option key when clicking Scaled for Display to see alternative resolutions.

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