What resolution do you keep your screen set to?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nstz, Nov 18, 2016.

  1. nstz macrumors newbie

    Nov 8, 2016
    I'm curious about what the majority thinks looks best on their MacBook.
  2. SurfaceBookUser macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2016
    On my 13" I've been using the second largest scaled option. Seems to look great and the size of objects on screen match up closely with my 29" 2560x1080 external display. If I was working without an external display I'd probably set it to the default or smallest scaling option though for more screen real-estate.
  3. hollandog macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2014
  4. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    I am using a late 2016 MBP 13" and keep the screen at 1680 x 1050.
  5. scotty588 macrumors 6502

    Jan 2, 2007
    Carlsbad, CA
    On my new 2016 MBP 15" I tried getting used to the default 1680 x 1050 but it was just too small. Bumped it down to 1440 x 900, which is what my old MBP was at.
  6. MadDane macrumors 6502a

    Apr 5, 2015
    I used 1680 x 1050 for the most of the 3 years i had my 13". I tried 1920 x 1200 for a bit, but it was simply too small. I expect to use 1920 x 1200 for my new 15" :D
  7. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    13" here. I bounce back and forth between the HiDPI 1280x800 and 1440x900.
    1680x1050 is too small for me. The native 2560x1600 is pretty funny to play with, however. Same resolution as my 27" iMac. lol.
  8. wegster macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2006
    2015 MBP 15" - 1920x1200
    2013 MBP 13" - 1680x1050

    Home display - LG 34" 3440x1440 UW QHD - waiting for one with higher vertical res but otherwise pretty great.
    Work displays - Viewsonic 27" 2160x1440 + 27" 1080p

    Looking to see what happens in the next year - a 38-40" with 2K vertical resolution and ultra-wide is probably the ideal setup vs usefulness vs font scaling/size for what I do.
  9. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    Good eyesight must be great...! lol.
    My 47 year old eyes don't like this resolution on a 13" display. Too small for me to use routinely though I've switched to it on occasion when I've need a lot of stuff on screen simultaneously.
  10. fate0311 macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2015
  11. cmaier macrumors G4

    Jul 25, 2007
  12. DanielDD macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2013
    MacBook Pro 13' : 1400 by 900
    I have very good eye sight (25/20) but I want to enjoy typography on the retina display. The 1680 by 1050 is too small for that.
  13. myscrnnm macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Seattle, WA
    I have my 2016 13" MacBook Pro scaled to the highest resolution. Coming from a 16:9 aspect ratio display on my last laptop, the one on this feels massive, so I figured I'd get as much real estate as I could out of it.
  14. edgeQV macrumors newbie


    Nov 16, 2016
    The one that looks best is 1/4 the native display resolution, that is 1280x800 for the 13'' (2560x1440 panel) and 1440x900 for 15'' (2880x1800), because it's a direct 1 scaled pixel for 4 real pixels, aka @2x. Other settings look to me all slightly blurry. Those should also be the most performance-efficient ones in terms of UI smoothness, because scaling up to, let's say, 1920x1200 implies rendering much more pixels (3840x2400). It's just the way macOS and iOS scaling is designed.
  15. Cvx5832 macrumors regular

    Nov 2, 2014
    1440 x 900 on a 13" TB MBP. I find it to be all-around perfect for my uses, including xCode
  16. BenTrovato macrumors 68030


    Jun 29, 2012
    On the 2016 15" I went back to 1440x900, it's just so much more comfortable when reading quickly. If I need to have a video playing while doing work, I'll bump it back to the default 1680.
  17. john g. macrumors member

    john g.

    Jul 11, 2012
    13" 2016 MacBook Pro. I also bounce between 1280x800 and 1440x900.
  18. wegster macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2006
    Lol - I'm not far behind.
    I think my eyes are focused 'perfect' looking at a screen, but starting to feel it longer and shorter distances some days. :(

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