Running Scaled Resolution

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by smc333, Oct 22, 2016.

  1. smc333 macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2010
    Boston, MA
    Hi Everyone,

    Seeing the news of the upcoming new MacBook Pros, I will be looking to move from my 2012 r15 to a new r13' since I am docked 75% of the time, portable 25% of the time (and 13 is a much better portable size).

    My biggest problem, the effective 1280x800 is just a bit too small, the 1440x900 of the 15 and 13 Air is perfect for a device this size, IMO. The rumors seem to suggest that though the displays will be upgraded in quality, it is likely they'll retain the same resolution. I've done a lot of searching, but I've got mixed results on the below two questions:

    1. What is the current performance impact of running a scaled resolution, both performance and any impact to battery life?

    2. Is there any noticable bluriness or degradation in quality running at a scaled resolution? Retina resolution is beautiful, I only wish it was 1440x900 native on the 13 inch pro.
  2. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    Almost non-existent. I run my 13" rMBP at 1680x1050 and the performance and battery life seem unchanged from stock.

    It looks fine to me, but I don't nit-pick the little issues.
  3. wegster macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2006
    Similar experience as T5 - the ability to run scaled resolutions finally makes the 13" a decent system (to me; I've had a 13" previously and it was long as it was always plugged into an external display).

    RE: blurriness - I suppose it's possible you're lowering the 'effective' DPI but text and visuals are crisp - they would need to be, running a higher effective resolution on a small screen, and doing so compares well to my 1680x1050 CTO cMBP.
  4. smc333 thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 24, 2010
    Boston, MA
    Thanks both for the feedback, helps me feel better about the decision. I went a similar path from a 1680x1050 cMBP to rMBP 15. I much prefer the 13 inch size, again esp since most of the time I'll be docked with a MM2/MK2 and 21.5 inc Lenovo LED display.

    Any other opinions and input will still be welcome!

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