Retina MacBook scaled options?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by xmichaelp, Apr 9, 2015.

  1. xmichaelp macrumors 68000


    Jul 10, 2012
    Does anyone know for sure what they are? The Ars review said the default is 1280x800 which isn't native 4x. Is it possible to run it at 1152x720 with one of the 4 options?
  2. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    I believe you can run 1152x720, it's just not the default. The highest you can go is 1440x900. Although with a third-party app, you can go higher than that.
  3. xmichaelp thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jul 10, 2012
    This is what I'm hoping for. Something irks me about not being able to run at native 4x, so I hope it's an option and you don't need to fidget around with 3rd party options to get it.
  4. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    This is from the ArsTechnica review, which confirms it.

    But honestly, Apple was confident enough to have it run 1280x800 by default. I get why you feel weird about not running at native 4x, but I doubt you'd be able to tell the difference. The display will still be nice and crisp.
  5. tillsbury macrumors 65816

    Dec 24, 2007
    You don't need third party options. You can run it at native 4x (1152x720), although it ships out of the box at 1280x800. You also have the option of 1440x900. If you hold down the option key when selecting scaled resolutions, you can run it at its native resolution 2304x1440.
  6. douglasf13 macrumors 65816

    Jul 2, 2010
    I don't think the Option key thing works from Mavericks and on, right? I'm not able to access full resolution on my rMBP 15" with Yosemite.
  7. thadoggfather macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2007
  8. xmichaelp thread starter macrumors 68000


    Jul 10, 2012
    Yeah, my issue wasn't the scaled resolution, just them not allowing you to run native. There's nothing to worry about now though.

    I wonder if they will make the 13 and 15 inch MBPs 900p and 1050p default in the future...
  9. dexterbell macrumors 6502a

    Jan 29, 2015
    Wont running it at 1280x800 or even 1440x900 defeat the purpose of a retina display? It drops the pixels to about the same as an Air.
  10. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    Ha, no. Have you seen how the scaled resolutions look on the rMBP? It's barely noticeable.
  11. ctyrider macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2012
    No it doesn't. Google "HiDPI".
  12. 3bs macrumors 603


    May 20, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    I'm using my 13" rMBP on 1440x900 and it doesn't look pixelated so no. Default is 1280x800
  13. tillsbury macrumors 65816

    Dec 24, 2007
    Does on my riMac with 10.10.3
  14. pasadena macrumors 6502a


    Sep 12, 2012
    On mine too. The 5K resolution is fun :p
  15. PDFierro macrumors 68040

    Sep 8, 2009
    I wish I could spend that much money on the Retina iMac.
  16. happyslayer macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    I use QuickRes ver 4.2 on my rMBP and it works well for quickly adjusting the resolution. I can even run at actual resolution, but admittedly, the text is almost too small to read for my 45 year old eyes. I plan on using QuickRes on the new MacBook as well. Switching to the higher res really works well when I open something like Excel, but the lower res is great for reading most websites and when I spend a lot of time writing.
  17. douglasf13 macrumors 65816

    Jul 2, 2010
    Interesting. It must be a gpu thing on my 2012 rMBP.
  18. newellj macrumors 603

    Oct 15, 2014
    Boston, MA, US
    My late 2013 rMBP doesn't do it either.
  19. Steve121178 macrumors 601


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
  20. GiantCow macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2015
    So with 1440x900 being the highest supported scaled resolution, everything will look crisper but in terms of actual screen real estate it's not quite 1080p?

    My current notebook has a resolution of 1600x900 and when I put two programs side by side, say a browser and ms word I find the resolution lacking. How well do the third party resolution adjusting programs for OSX work?
  21. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2006
    Birmingham, UK
    I run my 15" rMBP at the equivalent of 1920x1200

    I love the amount of screen space i get

    I'm thinking of getting a rMB and running it at 1440x900

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  22. spaceballl macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2003
    San Francisco, CA
    I think 1440x900 is going to look great on this machine!
    It's scaled so items look the size as if it were 1440x900, but it still has the native pixels back there. So if you watch a 1080P movie, you'll see all the detail.
  23. GiantCow macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2015
    Yeah I get that the details are all there but say I open up a website, it won't display as much of the website on the screen as a 1920x1080 resolution is what I'm getting at.

    I will oftentimes have two windows open side by side so the 1440x900 scaling reduces what I can see in each window versus a higher res. Which is why I'm asking how well something like QuickRes works at scaling a custom resolution.
  24. vanimal macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2014
    Question are people really going to be using these "at home" to watch 1080p movies, like full movies not youtube. I only ask because i have big TV's in my home. 65" plus, i don't think i would ever want to watch a movie, or Hulu Plus on it being i can just watch on my big TV on the wall. I would more want to browse the web WHILE watching a movie on it etc.

    I had a macbook Pro retina a little while back and never watched a single movie on it. But I'm not a road warrior. I am strictly talking "AT HOME" use.

    Being on the road or traveling, obviously different story.
  25. redheeler macrumors 603


    Oct 17, 2014
    Retina MacBook scaled options?

    Using a display unit I can confirm the following HiDPI options are available in System Preferences:

    1280x800 (Default)

    So yes, native 1152x720 HiDPI is there.

    Retina MacBook Native HiDPI.png

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