Text too small!

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by ryantbfh, May 20, 2015.

  1. ryantbfh macrumors member

    Nov 23, 2014
    I'm 18 and have brilliant eye sight, but my eyes are really straining with this mac, even with the display set at 1152 x 720. Plus things like iTunes Extras don't work unless the display is set at default. Might end up returning this -_-
  2. KrisLord macrumors 65832

    Sep 12, 2008
    Northumberland, UK
    Does turning up the screen brightness make any difference?
  3. ryantbfh thread starter macrumors member

    Nov 23, 2014

    A real tiny bit, but it's not practical in low lighting because then the screen blinds me ha.
  4. iSheep5S macrumors 6502a


    Jun 4, 2013
    I had this issue with the 11" Air, thus returned it with in a week.

    Not much of a difference.
  5. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    Is it because the UI elements are too small?

    If so, just know you'll have exactly the same issue on the 13" rMBP/cMBP. It might be slightly better on the 15" rMBP, since it has a lower PPI. Both MacBook Airs will be even worse than your rMB.
  6. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    It is why I dislike the retina screen.

    I returned a new MacBook Pro 15" retina as it did Windows UI text so small it was hard to read. Purchased a MBAir 13" Maxed out and what a difference.

    To me retina is not always better.
  7. clovehitch macrumors member


    Apr 19, 2015
    I returned my rMB because of the same text size issues, and replaced it with a 13" rMBP. The change on the 13" might be small, but its a huge improvement to where I now have no issues.

    I evaluated both at standard resolution. Would really have liked to use scaled resolution on the 13", but its just not going to happen.
  8. JTToft macrumors 68040

    Apr 27, 2010
    Aarhus, Denmark
    - That difference would be due to your viewing distance to the display, not the actual size of text or other UI elements.
    In fact, at the same effective resolution, UI elements will be marginally smaller on the rMBP than on the rMB, since the rMBP has a slightly higher PPI (at 227 vs. 226).
  9. tillsbury macrumors 65816

    Dec 24, 2007
    You might also want to check your "brilliant eyesight" with your optician. I'm almost 50 and have somewhere between below-average and awful eyesight, but the rMB is clear as a bell here at "more space" and occasionally at native 2304x1440 for some apps.
  10. xmichaelp macrumors 68000


    Jul 10, 2012
    I agree. If the text on a MacBook is too small for you I don't know what to tell you.

    Maybe use one of those 15 inch 768 x 1366 Windows machines? :confused:
  11. lite426 macrumors regular

    May 24, 2013
    Something I found interesting is that on Windows via Bootcamp UI text looks a lot clearer than on OSX, in fact on Windows everything looks clearer. It's that awful antialiasing on OSX I guess, combined with the font. Windows XP back when there was no "clear type" nonsense rendered text the sharpest.
  12. brand macrumors 601


    Oct 3, 2006

    You might think you have "brilliant eye sight" but your eyes are telling you otherwise. It sounds like a trip to the optometrist is in order to get your eye sight check out.
  13. happyslayer macrumors 6502a


    Feb 3, 2008
    Glendale, AZ
    Wow, I'm a computer guy and spend at least 90% of my time working on and troubleshooting Windows machines (XP to Vista to 7 to 8.1 and now TP10) and the text is one of the things I miss the most when compared to my 12" MacBook. I think the text is incredibly clear and easy to look at on the retina screen. Windows (all versions so far), to me, does a pretty terrible job of rendering text in most instances. But, to each their own.
  14. Dayv macrumors 6502

    Aug 18, 2009
    You might want to try turning off "LCD font smoothing" in the General settings. Opinions on this differ, but I found it more readable with it turned off.
  15. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
    Exactly this. You need reading glasses op.

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