Questions about screen resolution & hdd to ssd

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Cedthebeast, Nov 14, 2011.

  1. Cedthebeast macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2011
    Hi guys, I'm about to buy a 15 inch mbp at the end of the week and I'm still in the debate of 1680x1050 VS 1440x900. I know I've browsed SEVERAL other threads and youtube vids related to this and I've visited to store for an hour going back and forth.
    I wanted to see if the hi-res would give me eye strain, but I wasn't able to use it for couple hours otherwise I'd be there all day! One Thing I do know is that it'll be a glossy display. Anyways here are my questions:

    1) Are there any other differences between them besides the pixels, real estate? Like are there drawbacks such as more battery usage or more hard work on the laptop?

    2) In video games do you get less fps? I know you can turn down the resolution, but native res would be nice right?

    3) Are there any secret ways to make the search bar above on the desktop larger a little? I know you can make icons bigger etc..and I wasn't able to change the font size of mail and the song library font on itunes when i went to the store. Is it possible?

    4) Since I wear glasses, usually to see the white board in class from the back or during driving, will I have eye strain or a problem with the hi res?

    5) 1440x900 felt cramped and opening one thing would take up the whole screen! So If I choose 1440x900 could I make the windows smaller especially like the app store and itunes. I know you can zoom out with safari. And lastly if I choose the 1680x1050 could I zoom in?


    6) If i were to buy an SSD later down the road like 6 months later after using my MBP, How does the operating system get on the ssd? And do I get to keep everything I saved on the hdd without having to do much?

    7) Let's say I take out the optical drive later on and put the ssd in...Now what happens? LOL does something pop up when I turn on my MBP or what?

    8) I really want to use the 5400rpm hd for storage and ssd for booting up everything else. I want to be able to have both windows and osx so how much space will I really need? Should I get a 64 gb ssd, 120gb, or what? I'd like to boot everything from the ssd, but I don't know how much space I'd need and how much space both operating systems would take?

    9) If I get the current Hi end october 15 inch mbp. Can I get the 6gb ssd?

    10) If I buy an ssd, Do i have to buy it before using my mbp?

    If you guys could possibly help me before I buy my MBP, that would be AWESOME! THANKS and please answer in the number format so I know which questions your answering.
  2. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    1) no other differences
    2) yes, there will be a small difference in fps
    3) I don't know
    4) maybe. You have 14 days to return it if you feel your eyes can't handle the hi res
    5) you can zoom both ways in safari. most applications have some sort of zoom that works both ways

    6-10) read the ssd guide
    If you want osx and windows boot from the ssd, you want at least 120 GB. You want enough room to install at least your favorite applications on the ssd.
  3. Cedthebeast thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2011
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    Thanks for your response anybody else?
  4. Minhthien macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2011
    Ill answer the part about SSD! Later down the road you can install your SSD where the HDD is at. Take out your DVD drive and install the HDD with optibay or This I recommended picking the one from amazon because that's exactly what am gonna do!

    You can install the OSX on the SSD and bootcamp or an Virtual software(VMware, Parallel.) And just formatted your HDD to use it for storage!

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