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macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 16, 2013
I'm thinking about buying a 15 inch Macbook retina. I love the crisp, pristine quality of images on the screen. I have a bunch of movies and tv shows that I bought on itunes in standard definition quality instead of HD because I am a cheapskate and wanted to save $10- $15. If I play movies and tv episodes in standard quality on a Macbook retina, will the quality be pixelated and nasty looking? Or will I get that crisp look that I so desire? I apologize if this has been asked already. I asked an employee at an Apple store and he could not answer my question. Thank you for reading.


macrumors P6
Oct 14, 2008
Well, low quality content will always appear blurry and washed, independent of the screen kind. I am not sure if it will look 'nasty', but it most certainly will look worse than HD content - simply because it lacks the visual fidelity in comparison.


macrumors 65816
May 15, 2009
Viewing standard resolution content on a PC screen will always look like ****.

DVDs look like **** to me on a 1366x768 screen on a 3 year old $400 PC laptop.

Much less on a Retina!


macrumors 65816
Sep 1, 2010
It's personal preference for what you think looks good. The display has nothing to do with it (as long as the display can show equal or more detail than the content you're displaying), DVD quality video will look the same regardless if you're showing it on a Retina display or not.
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