Those buying 15" Arrandale: which screen?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thadoggfather, Apr 13, 2010.


Which LCD are you opting for?

  1. 1440x900 glass (standard glossy)

    16 vote(s)
  2. 1680x1050 glass (CTO high res glossy)

    55 vote(s)
  3. 1680x1050 matte (CTO high res "antiglare")

    72 vote(s)
  1. thadoggfather macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2007
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    There are plenty of new buyers who have posted what model they ordered in this thread.
  3. TheDrift- macrumors 6502a


    Mar 8, 2010
    had the same problem, went to look at both in the apple store yesterday side by side and antiglare was a clear winner.

    now its an extra £120!!, but i still reckon the antiglare will be worth it.
  4. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    I'm calling Apple right now and hopefully my exchange works that I get the higher end display since I already have the antiglare. The only good thing about the regular display is the ppi matches my 30" display.
  5. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    don't like small fonts, so lower resolution is best
  6. ubercool macrumors 6502a


    Jan 31, 2008
    Las Vegas
    Hi-res glossy! So glad that Apple FINALLY joined the 1680x1050 bandwagon! :D
  7. popnfresh85 macrumors newbie

    Oct 14, 2009
    i figure 90% of the time at home when using it, i'll hook it up to my 22", so i won't need the hi-res.. it won't kill me to have hi-res on the road either.. so i save a $100.. standard for me!
  8. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2008
    Do you think the antiglare screen will have the same "silver" border as on the previous gen ?
  9. Raytrace macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2010
    Low res screens bug me in this day and age. I had the 15 years ago and went with the 17 for my next MBP cause I didn't want that pixel poor panel again.

    Kudos Apple for stepping it up!
  10. sth macrumors 6502a

    Aug 9, 2006
    The old world
    Font size is not a night-and-day difference. In fact, even the hi-res 15" has still has a lower pixel density than the normal 17" model.

    1440x900 @ 15" = lowest pixel density of all Apple notebooks.

    If you're planning on using "pro" apps, I highly suggest at least the hi-res 15" model since these applications need lots of space (otherwise you'll end up scrolling a lot).
  11. thadoggfather thread starter macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2007
  12. Jaro65 macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Most likely.
  13. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2008
    ok then Im happy that I took the glossy ;)
  14. psingh01 macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2004
    Definitely the 1680x1050 option. It's what I have my in 17" MBP and I think it is a perfect size for the 15".
  15. TheRekz macrumors regular

    Sep 3, 2008
  16. raykhrud macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2007
    Fife, Scotland or Saint-Petersburg, Russia
    We need a display, not a mirror.
  17. 7even macrumors 6502a

    Jan 11, 2008
    Much less eyestrain. No reflections. I can use mine in virtually any lighting. I haven't found a single situation in which my screen was unusable, or where glossy would be any better. (I switched from the glass screen to a newer anti-glare model for this exact reason).

    If I were to buy one now I'd definitely go for the high res matte option.
  18. highscheme macrumors regular

    Jun 10, 2009
    which has greater pixel density — the high-res 15" or the 17"?
  19. niuniu macrumors 68020


    Mar 29, 2009
    A man of the people. The right sort of people.
    High-res Glossy. I have a 15 inch matte screen already, I want glossy because I cant make out dark patterns on dark backgrounds. I think I read that glossy solves that..

    As for the eye-strain, my eyes kill me with the matte.. I guess the glossy can only be worse..
  20. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    You'd probably be able to see the dark patterns easier on matte. Glossy can oversaturate the dark colours, and then you have to fight with glare on the screen over dark colours too with glossy.
  21. Sequin macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2010
    I'm going for the hi-res glossy one because I can't imagine downgrading my resolution size. I like to have as much space as possible when in Photoshop. >/
  22. andrewfee macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2004
    For people wondering:
    • 13" 1280x800: 114 PPI (pixels per inch)
    • 15" 1440x900: 110 PPI
    • 15" 1680x1050: 129 PPI
    • 17" 1920x1200: 133 PPI
    • iPhone: 165 PPI.
    A 15" 1920x1200 screen would be 147 PPI and the 13" 1920x1080 screen Sony offers is 168 PPI.

    I don't hear many people complaining about not being able to read text on their iPhones. In fact, most people I've spoken with have been impressed with how sharp text looks.

    Any modern web browser can scale up whole pages (images, text and plugins) so that it doesn't affect the layout and text looks significantly better on the higher resolution screen compared to a low resolution one when you do this. I can't think of many applications where you're working with text that don't allow you to scale it up either.

    Higher resolutions mean much better looking text, images and video, and also allows for much more workspace for things like photo/video editing. If anything, 1680x1050 is not enough. It would have been nice to be able to watch high definition video (1920x1080) on a 15" MBP without a loss in quality.

    If you mouse-over the images at the bottom of this page you will see why people choose matte over glossy. (especially now that Apple is putting glass panels on top of them)

    Glossy panels are far worse for this - the first thing to disappear in a brighter room is detail near black.

    If you are getting eye strain with a matte panel, you probably have the brightness set too high.
  23. Macchino macrumors regular

    Jan 13, 2008
    Well I went for the hi-res glossy, because the viewing angle on the glossy is better. I have seen them side by side, and i really dont think the matte - unfortunately - can meet my needs (im a DJ and sometimes i really have to place my mac at a wide angle, due to lack of space in the booths).
  24. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007
    Glossy display for DJing.. so many reflections. Might work.. though I'd always go for matte. Viewing angle on matte is fine, if not the same as glossy..
  25. Azathoth macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2009
    I'll need to buy the matte hi res sight unseen (no retailers have the AG here) - How is the viewing angle compared to the 2009 15" (glossy)?

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