What do you recommend: 1920x1200 or 1680x1050?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by behrangsa, Jun 10, 2007.

  1. behrangsa macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2007
    Hi all,

    I am gonna get a new 17" MBP. I use it mainly for programming and the more pixels I have, the better for me. But isn't 1920x1200 too much for a 17" widescreen display? What do you recommend? 1680x1050 or 1920x1200?

  2. dartzorichalcos macrumors 65816


    Mar 23, 2007
    If I were to buy a 17" MacBook Pro, I would choose the 1920 x 1200 resolution model because of more space and it's true HD. I don't care so much about "everything looks smaller". Everything will look nicer on the screen too because of the higher resolution.
  3. captan macrumors member

    May 11, 2005
    If it turns out the rumour about apple introducing a resolution-independent GUI for Mac OS X is true, the higher res will definitely be better.
  4. PkennethV macrumors 6502a

    Aug 16, 2006
    I agree. and Leopard is Resolution Independence.
  5. PkennethV macrumors 6502a

    Aug 16, 2006

    It's comfirmed
  6. xpovos macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2007
    I own the 1920x1200 17" and have also owned a 1680x1050 17". I strongly prefer the high-res display. I don't find the UI elements to be too small at all, although some others have already said they do. But again, with resolution-independence in Leopard, it won't be an issue for anyone for too much longer. In the meantime, icon sizes and font sizes can be increased if desired, until resolution-independence comes along. In this sense, the hi-res is a little more future-proof. Even if you do find it to be a little too small for the time being---don't worry, it's not microscopic or anything---it is certainly livable until 10.5 debuts.

    My $.02.
  7. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
  8. Cabbit macrumors 68020


    Jan 30, 2006
    i think the only issue with the smaller sized elements will be if you are old or have sight problems, but even with that text size can be increased.
  9. shipdestroyer macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2007
    New Hampshire
    In my opinion, the HD screen is the only reason to get a 17".
  10. Nuc macrumors 6502a


    Jan 20, 2003
    Definitely get the HD display wished my model would have had the option.

  11. janey macrumors 603


    Dec 20, 2002
    sunny los angeles
    this is what universal access and voiceover are for. increasing text size often isn't enough. even if it was, it's moot because of resolution independence and that it's a better idea to get the higher resolution display to begin with (better zoom).
  12. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
    I ordered the high-res. Now you know what I think is better. Hope that helps.
  13. Multimedia macrumors 603


    Jul 27, 2001
    Santa Cruz CA, Silicon Beach
    I Was A HD Widescreen Holdout

    1920 x 1200 display was on my MUST HAVE list before I would pull the trigger on my next mobile Mac and my first 17" model. Except for the NON-LED part, which apparently won't be solved until 2009 due to the size of this display, this new 17" MBP is perfection. I think anyone who doesn't opt for the Widescreen version for a mere $100 more is shooting themselves in the foot. Now I'm only contemplating waiting one last time for Leopard to ship in it. :)

    While I don't really need it, I definitely want one. ;)
  14. HoosierInFL macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2007
    I have a PC laptop with a 17" screen at 1920x1200 and I find it a pain. Sure, you can change the font size, but many programs and websites don't work well with large fonts. Menus get skewed, content is hidden, etc.
  15. Dagless macrumors Core


    Jan 18, 2005
    Fighting to stay in the EU
    Get the higher resolution.

    Sharper photos, 1080 vide editing, higher resolution gaming for only a little bit extra. I'd go for that.
  16. gnasher729 macrumors P6


    Nov 25, 2005
    How old are you? Seriously, that makes all the difference.

    It is rather pointless giving you advice on that. You have to go to a shop and look at both of them, and check whether the high resolution is too small for you or not.
  17. Simon R. macrumors 6502

    Sep 25, 2006

    It is confirmed for developers yes - but it is not 100% confirmed that the user will have the ability to set this factor. If you read down your own link you'll see that Apple say the "expect" to make it a user setting in future OS'es. Whether it is in Leopard or not remains to be seen. But I hope so.
  18. airfang macrumors regular

    Apr 12, 2007
    definitely 1920 x 1200 ...

    higher resolution is the destiny of big screens
  19. Episteme macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2007
    I'm just sorry they don't offer 1920x1200 at 15" ... :)

    Or, at least 1650x1080.

    My eyesight's been shot since I was 14 anyway, but I have excellent corrective lenses <grin>
  20. zioxide macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2006
    I really wish they did offer a 1680x1050 for the 15''. My current dell is a 15'' with 1680x1050 and its nice, I wish I could keep the same res when I get my MBP.
  21. Wallace86 macrumors regular

    Jun 5, 2007
    does this resolution independence mean that you can play games at any resolution, including lower ones so as to get better graphics card performance?

    2009??? where did you hear that at...if thats the case, imma pull the trigger on the 15".......I thought it would be by next upgade???

    how do you "subscribe" to a thread?? ....srry for all the posts
  22. aliquis- macrumors 6502a

    May 20, 2007

    The 1920x1200 is the only reason (ok, 256MB vram is a reason to, but not worth such an insane amount of money) to get anything except the base 15.4"-modell.

    No, you can always do that, the resolution independence means that you can change the size of the user interface no matter what resultion you use. That is a window border can be the same size whatever if you are running 1920x1200 on 17" MBP or 1024x768 on 24" CRT. It will just be much more detailed on the MBP of course.
  23. daisu macrumors member

    Jun 6, 2007
    Flushing, Queens
    Go to an Apple Story, if you can, and take a look yourself. I have to tell you, it's not too small if you're doing development work... also, can't you fiddle with fonts within programs?

    I ran Final Cut Pro and the extra room was amazing.

  24. HoosierInFL macrumors regular

    Jun 9, 2007
    So much for resolution independence. I don't think Jobs mentioned one word about it.
  25. aliquis- macrumors 6502a

    May 20, 2007
    Did you took 1920x1200? I sure hope so, resolution independent or not.

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