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

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by end4ee, Apr 3, 2017.

  1. end4ee macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2017
    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
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2017

    Mike Boreham macrumors 68000

    Aug 10, 2006
    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
    --- Post Merged, Apr 3, 2017 ---
    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

    Apr 3, 2017
    many thanks for your input! That was exactly what I was looking for. All the best to you sir!
  4. bigjnyc macrumors 603


    Apr 10, 2008
    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 68000

    Aug 10, 2006
    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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