Retina Display questions

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Faux Carnival, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. Faux Carnival macrumors 6502a

    Aug 1, 2010
    Hello, I am considering a Macbook Pro with Retina Display. However, I have some concerns.

    1) How do applications and websites which are not optimized for Retina Display look?
    2) Does USB 3.0 ports work under Windows via Boot Camp? (Because as far as I know Boot Camp drivers have not been updated since Retina display Macbook Pros came out)
    3) How does 1680x1050 resolution under Windows look on the display? (Because generally LCD displays look like crap under non-native resolutions)

  2. rrm998 macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2012
    Houston, TX USA
    There's a wealth of discussions on these topics -- try searching around the forum. You will find that the answers to these questions are very subjective. Here is my view:

    1. This has been a non-issue for me. Plus many apps are now Retina aware. Microsoft surprised us by providing a Retina update for Office about a month ago. So that's one of the big complaints people had taken care of. And Chrome was updated in July. Adobe hasn't updated anything yet I've had no issues with Lightroom and Photoshop.

    2. Bootcamp was updated for Retina Mac shortly after the release in June.

    3. Due to the extremely small pixel size, you can run this display at non-native resolutions and still have it look very sharp. Actually by default ML only gives you non-native options. Many people run 1680 and like it. Myself I run 1920x1200. I love all the extra screen space.
  3. nontroppo macrumors 6502


    Mar 11, 2009
    They look the same as on a non-retina display in general. Applications are scaled using nearest-neighbour and thus are identical to a non-retina display (which one may feel look "worse" on a rMBP only because one can compare them against retina optimised apps). Browsers scale images using linear interpolation and the can look better or worse than a non-retina display, but that is really only noticeable when you are pixel peeping.

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