Reducing screen resolution causes blurry text - any solution?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by cricketbird, Mar 12, 2009.

  1. cricketbird macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2008
    I'm writing my dissertation on my MBP (early 2008) and developing eye-strain. I bought an anti-glare cling for the screen and have dimmed the screen some, which helps a LOT, but not completely.

    Now, I reduced the screen resolution to 1152x720, which gave me immediately noticeable relief, but now my menu icons and other system text seem blurry.

    What other solutions are there to increase the overall size of everything for relief, but to keep the crispness of the higher resolution?
  2. felt. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2008
  3. Bill Gates macrumors 68020

    Bill Gates

    Jun 21, 2006
    You need to use the default resolution and just increase the text size. Lower than native resolutions on LCD screens always look subpar.
  4. edgew8 macrumors regular


    Dec 8, 2008
    you could try the zoom function, hold down the "control" button and scroll up and down with the mouse scroll wheel or ball with the MM
  5. cricketbird thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 17, 2008
    Thanks folks :) I'll play with font sizes (or, more likely, view sizes).
  6. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    +1 - if there's a facet of performance where a CRT beats an LCD, this is it. If an LCD is set to run at a non-native resolution, it will necessarily try to blur the individual pixels in a sort of "blending." That's why you're getting the blurry picture.
  7. DaveF macrumors 6502a

    Aug 29, 2007
    Connect to a 20" or 24" external monitor.

    Reduce to close to an integer subdivision of your resolution. For a 15" MBP with 1440x900, try 720 x 480.

    Try the "Zoom" accessability feature.
  8. RexTraverse macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2008
    - Reduce the resolution to 720x450 (assuming your native res is 1440x900).
    - Buy an external monitor with a greater pixel pitch.
    - Buy a CRT (tube) monitor
    - Pray that Snow Leopard brings resolution independence

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