rMBP screen allternative ??

Stetrain

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Question. If you select 1920x1200, is it actually running at 2880 still? just with the icons and whatnot running at the size they would be if it was actually at that resolution? OR are you actually running it at true 1920x1200 resulting in slightly skewed looking picture as it's not at native?

If the sooner is true, I wish all laptops performed like this. I am assuming however that it's the latter thats the case.
In "Looks like 1920x1200" mode it runs at 3840x2400 (double 1920x1200 in both directions). This lets applications use the double-resolution images, buttons, etc.

The final result is scaled down to 2880x1800 to fit the screen pixels.
 

Tea-Aholic

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Dec 8, 2011
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And a lot of people run there rMBP in 1920x1200 anyway.

So would it not have been better to have this native rather than retina ?? :D

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The whole point in a "Retina display" is having more pixels in the same area of space. That's what gives us clarity. Apple is trying to step up in image quality/clarity by doing so. If there was a standard 1920x1200 (not to mention being too small for the majority to read) we would just be back to using 72 dpi icons and not further advance in screen technology.

Question. If you select 1920x1200, is it actually running at 2880 still? just with the icons and whatnot running at the size they would be if it was actually at that resolution? OR are you actually running it at true 1920x1200 resulting in slightly skewed looking picture as it's not at native?

If the sooner is true, I wish all laptops performed like this. I am assuming however that it's the latter thats the case.
It's your lucky day! It's actually the former or "sooner".

I'm running at 1920x1200 right now. The signal from GPU to display is ALWAYS 2880x1800. Actually it's processing 3840x2400 (@2x) then scaling down back to 2880x1800. When you take a screenshot, the resolution is 3840x2400. ;) Which is probably why Skype screen sharing feature doesn't work (at least with my internet connection).
 

GekkePrutser

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Sorry if I wasn't clear.
I meant just a normal 1920x1200 screen like on the 17 inch MBP but on a 15 inch MBP.
Rather than a retina screen.
Which is just a sharp 1440x900 screen. :D
No way, 1920x1200 would be way too small for me to use comfortably.

'Like 1440x900' is perfect for me. And with the retina resolution it's much more readable due to the better defined fonts.

The cool thing about the retina is that you can choose on the fly, so you can use 1920x1200 when you really need the high res for a while, but you can switch it back to 1440x900 to read comfortably without having to hunch over and strain your eyes to read the small text.

All that and it's super sharp as well, I've seen one in real life and I don't agree it's some marketing ploy. I think in a couple of years everyone will have it.

Now if only the price dropped a bit so I could actually buy one :)