Those buying 15" Arrandale: which screen?

Which LCD are you opting for?

  • 1440x900 glass (standard glossy)

    Votes: 16 11.2%
  • 1680x1050 glass (CTO high res glossy)

    Votes: 55 38.5%
  • 1680x1050 matte (CTO high res "antiglare")

    Votes: 72 50.3%

  • Total voters
    143

TheDrift-

macrumors 6502a
Mar 8, 2010
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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.
 

alphaod

macrumors Core
Feb 9, 2008
22,047
1,106
NYC
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.
 

popnfresh85

macrumors newbie
Oct 14, 2009
5
0
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!
 

Raytrace

macrumors member
Apr 2, 2010
44
0
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!
 

sth

macrumors 6502a
Aug 9, 2006
570
10
The old world
don't like small fonts, so lower resolution is best
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).
 

psingh01

macrumors 65816
Apr 19, 2004
1,366
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Definitely the 1680x1050 option. It's what I have my in 17" MBP and I think it is a perfect size for the 15".
 

7even

macrumors 6502a
Jan 11, 2008
957
10
Why do people go matte over glossy?
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.
 

niuniu

macrumors 68020
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..
 

kolax

macrumors G3
Mar 20, 2007
9,188
114
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..
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.
 

Sequin

macrumors regular
Mar 21, 2010
184
0
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. >/
 

andrewfee

macrumors 6502
Aug 29, 2004
467
2
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).
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.


Why do people go matte over glossy?
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)

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..
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.
 

Macchino

macrumors regular
Jan 13, 2008
170
0
Copenhagen
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).
 

kolax

macrumors G3
Mar 20, 2007
9,188
114
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).
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..
 

Azathoth

macrumors 6502a
Sep 16, 2009
659
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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)?