Seen It , Tested It - WOW!!!

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The Calgary Apple Store setup the display models today.

The screen is simply incredible, I tested it with a number of HD test patterns, and full 2880 sized images, and processed some Final Cut video.

In Retina Mode, Safari full screen will slightly scale full sized 2880 png images, its scales only to account for the URL bar at the top, once the image is copied to and viewed in preview it displays 1:1 pixels.

The More Space 1920 wide mode was surprising good as well, 1920 HD photos they scale better than I've seen ever before on a non native resolution panel.

LAG - yes it is easily seen when switching from windowed to full screen mode in Safari etc, but the quality of the display otherwise make it a something I'd trade off for the high res IPS screen.

After using the Retina Pro I walked over and tried some of the standard Pros and iMacs. The Retina conditions you, the models just look pixelated and now poor in comparison.

My only negative is the large footprint of a 15.4 device, after getting used to iPads and Airs, carrying, using on the lap that big of a machine will take some adjusting too.
 
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therealseebs

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I'm curious:
* Did you notice any glare?
* Do you normally notice glare on glossy displays?

I looked at one and the glare was way beyond what I could tolerate; I'm trying to figure whether you just don't mind glare, or whether this one seemed better to you.
 
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dingmah

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Now the important question... did they have any for sale?
And which Apple store? Market or Chinook?
 
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It looks glossy which I prefer.

None forsale:( and I really tried! Marketmall
 
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ashua

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Positive Review,

I as well prefer a semi-gloss screen

I ordered mine from the apple store, with a delivery date of June 25th to Kelowna, BC.
 
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KohPhiPhi

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I also tested the new MBP 15" Retina today...

1) The screen is gorgeous, seriously. PDFs and websites read beautifully.

2) The scaling to non-natural resolutions (1680x1050 or 1920x1200) is impressive. I was very sceptical in this regard, but it's very well done. No blurriness or pixelation at all.

3) The screen is very glossy. That thing would be impossible to use outdoors due to reflections.

4) Scroll lag: it does exist and it is INDEED noticeable, specially on busy websites. I browsed to the same site on two MBP 15" side by side (one retina and one non-retina), and the scroll lag is VERY noticeable. That was under the HD4000 GPU for BOTH in natural retina resolution mode and in scaled resolution mode. I didnt have the opportunity to test it under GeForce settings. Quite frankly, I found this lag very disappointing. It feels like scrolling with an outdated laptop.

5) The computer is thin, sleek and light. Truly a MBA-MBP hybrid. Beautiful to the eye. However, the 15.4" footprint is pretty huge to consider it a mobile laptop.

So... quite frankly, I don't know, I would be hesitant to throw $2700 into this new retina screen: in one hand it's gorgeous and everything reads and looks stunning. But in the other hand, the scroll lap and the glossiness put me off badly.
 
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Marconelly

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I wonder how bad this scroll lag is. I've only seen instances of UI transitions being laggy and it turned out that's seemingly because of the dumb apple store software running on demo machines. At home people couldn't reproduce this problem. Laginnes in Safar seems to be completely legitimate complaint though, but again I wonder how bad it is really. The worst offender for this scroll lag on my 2010 MBA is Store page in Steam application. It's truly awful at how jumpy scrolling is there.

I am really, really, curious: What about glossy do you prefer? Vampire detection functionality? Knowing what's behind you?
Colors look better/more vibrant on it. It makes use of an irradiating image creation better (which is how screens work as opposed to emisive/reflective nature of paper). Screen IMO shouldn't look like paper, unless you work with print publishing in which case you have every right to demand that.
 
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