Screen choices...Eyes strain only... no color issues

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by gramps416, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. gramps416 macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2011
    Deciding between the three available screens on the 15"

    What I want to know is what causes more eyestrain of the low res glossy, the high res glossy, or the high ANTI gloss.

    The eyestrain I am concerned about is purely about reading text on the screen. I would be interested to know if the eyestrain difference was negligible or vastly different if you have experienced it.

    Please contribute what you have personally experienced, and not what others have said. You dont have their eyes.

    In this thread, I am 0% interested in how images pop out, colours more accurate, or anything to do with images. Reading or writing text .

  2. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Depends on your eyesight. I was initially surprised by the change in resolution but have since adapted. Things will look smaller/sharper...too small for some. But i've mostly acclimatized.
  3. /user/me macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2011
    See if you can try them out at the :apple: store.
  4. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    'Ergonomics Specialists' suggest using an AG screen for reduced eye strain if looking at a display for long periods of time. (google).

    Not saying I agree with that, most AG screens have that irritating sheen/film to them. Apple's AG screen's on the other hand are excellent.

    Bottom line is personal preference. Good idea to go to the store if you have one nearby and test them all out.
  5. leman macrumors G3

    Oct 14, 2008
    My experience is that Apple displays are hard for eyes in the beginning, but after few days they become very convenient. For example, in the first few days I couldn't look at my iMac for few minutes without my eyes starting to tear. I was close to returning it, but now I can sit for hours in fromt of the monitor and my eyes feel ok. Similar story was with my MBP. Maybe its a property of Apple's LED displays, no idea.
  6. gramps416 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2011
    what qualityy about apple's display makes it more hard on the eyes?
  7. flyfish29 macrumors 68020


    Feb 4, 2003
    New HAMpshire
    I would also add that it depends on the conditions that you are gonna use the computer. Windows, lighting, etc can all change the way a computer strains your eyes not to mention the obvious diff. in eyes. I agree that you should really go check them out with your own eyes if you are concerned. Everyone's eyes are different and what might seem less for some would be more for others. For instance, my eyes get strained when I have a light anyplace behind my Mac due to my pupils being larger than most.
  8. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Probably to do with the way OS X does font smoothing in general. The effect might be more pronounced on high resolution displays.
  9. white-usagi macrumors newbie

    Feb 26, 2011
    I have the high resolution glossy 15" screen. Like yourself, I was concerned about the legibility of the size of fonts. I did not want to modify system preferences to increase font size as that tends to mess up some applications . I'm happy to report that I don't find the fonts small to read or have experienced any eye strain so far.

    My wife has a 2010 MacBook Pro which has the normal resolution screen. I feel that at the normal viewing distances from the screen that there is more visible pixellation. The extra real estate from the higher resolution is also most welcome.

    At work, I have a 1080p 15" screen on the laptop and that is too small for me.

    Regarding glossy or anti glare, for my usage patterns I prefer the glossy. I have had matte/anti glare screens up until the present MacBook Pro.
  10. GamerDad macrumors member

    Feb 24, 2011
    This one is going to be a tough one perhaps. I have a high rez glossy, my friend has an antiglare, and although we both agree that my display has glare, and you can see mirrored images, we also both agree that we like the screen presentation of mine better... The ambient lighting, reflectivity of the room that you are in, and probably a lot of other factors go into the subjectivity of what people percieve as eye strain. To top it all off, sometimes screens that people do not like the look of particularly well, they can look at for a longer time than screens that they feel look better.

    I always turn my screen lighting down, as I feel that the typical white backgrounds of word processing progrmas etc are too bright. But, I think your best bet is to go to a place that has them, and spend some time with each machine for a while on different days. Fortunately for me, no matter what machine I have ever used, I have never had "eye strain", and I think a lot of people don't really have much of a problem with it, it is a smaller number, but like anything, they tend to be particular in their needs.. My bane is shoes.... :)

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