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Retina vs Non-Retina Display


macrumors 6502
Original poster
Jun 30, 2010

I currently own a macbook air 2011 13 inch model and because of vision issues (blurriness and glare) that I am experiencing, I was thinking of getting the 12 inch macbook because of it's retina display.

I would appreciate any feedback about the differences between my notebook's display vs the macbook retina's display.

Thanks in advance for your help!


macrumors 604
Oct 24, 2013
Well I personally think the retina screen is the best reason for anyone to get a new computer they are especially good for text, so sharp as to be almost like print, so no blurring, they are easier on the eyes because of it, also the anti glare is very good that helps a fair bit.


macrumors regular
Mar 16, 2016
I don't have the Retina MacBook, but I've seen it in Apple stores. I personally went from an 11" MacBook Air to a 13" Retina MacBook Pro, and the difference in screen quality is massive. I never realized how bad the MBA display was until I got a Retina Display. The text is more crisp, the colors look great, etc. One of the main reasons I wanted to upgrade from my MBA 11" is because I started to feel eye strain when using it for long amounts of time. The move to a Retina display has been great.


macrumors regular
Jul 15, 2016
Sydney, Australia
It is one of those things which I suppose you get used to. I have an older 2011 MacBook Pro and my sister has the newer model with the retina display. I have noticed that things are a bit sharper and crisper on the newer MacBook Pro, but I don't have any issues with the older style screen. Probably has something to do with the fact that my Mac Pro has a 20" 1050p and a 27" 1080p display.
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