What does full resolution(more space) desktop look like?

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  1. end4ee macrumors newbie

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    Hi there, first post. I've switched to MacBook Air from windows laptop and I don't see myself ever going back. I bought MacBook Air 2015 edition and while its lovely I'm really bothered by screen quality and would like to sell It in order to get MacBook Retina 2016.

    I don't have a way to see in person of what the full resolution (2304-by-1440) meaning if text and programs will be too tiny to work with. I don't want to scale to 1440 by 900 as I would like to have more screen space.

    Do any of you work with it at full resolution and have no problem with it and maybe can post a picture of your MacBook so I can get an idea of what how small everything will be?


    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. Mike Boreham, Apr 3, 2017
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    Mike Boreham macrumors 65816

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    2304x1440 is not intended by Apple as a usable resolution. The "more space" option in the Sys Pref/Displays gives 1440x900. The best for retina res is 1280 x 800. You need a third party app like Quickres which I use to achieve anything higher than 1440x900.

    With Quickres you can achieve all the resolutions in the attached screenshot from the menubar.

    Personally I use mine at the best for retina setting most of the time, not because I can see any quality difference at scaled resolutions, but because it is fine for email/surfing etc. I occasionally go to 1440x900 if I need more space, but have never used it at anything higher.

    However I am writing this at 2304x1440 and it is usable, although most people would say the text is too small. I might consider it for special situations in future, but there are three other res I can try between 2304x1440 and 1440x900 (see screenshot) 1920x1200 and 1680x1050 are more usable.

    This is very much a personal decision. All I can say is there is negligible (zero?) quality difference in terms of sharpensss between any of them. I will also recommend Quckres as a very good way of accessing them.

    Screen Shot 2017-04-03 at 16.53.51.png
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    You asked for a screenshot at 2304x1440 so here is a full screen grab. I guess if you resize it to 12" on your computer you will get an idea.

    Screen Shot 2017-04-03 at 17.17.32.png
     
  3. end4ee thread starter macrumors newbie

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    many thanks for your input! That was exactly what I was looking for. All the best to you sir!
     
  4. bigjnyc macrumors 603

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    bookmarking this site, I will definitely be buying this app when I get this years macbook (assuming one is released) thanks.
     
  5. Mike Boreham macrumors 65816

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    With Qucikres, as well as being able to select any resolution from the drop down, as implied by my screenshot, you can set it up so that a single click on the menubar icon changes the screen resolution.

    There are other apps...I can't in all honesty say that Quickres is the best, but the one I have used most which does the job.
     

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