Why is everybody crying about the 1280*800 ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Sarngate, Feb 23, 2011.

  1. Sarngate macrumors regular

    May 15, 2010
    It's fine on a 13'' screen...

    Genuinely interested.
  2. LoganT macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    Because people don't want "fine" on a pro machine.
  3. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    13" MBA as 1440x900 as standard so it does sound a bit lame that 13" MacBook Pro has only 1280x800.
  4. aiqw9182 macrumors 65816

    Apr 22, 2010
    Which is why I think the 13 MBP will be demoted to the normal MacBook. Or maybe they'll just offer an $100 upgrade option.
  5. TheNewDude macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2010
    Yeah, i'll definitely put my money on there being a 1440x900 screen. The questions is just how much the upgrade will cost.

    And to answer the OP... The 1440x900 screen offers more tighly packed pixels in the same space as before making pictures look sharper. Just like the retina display on the iPhone4. (Still not as dense as the iP4 though).

    This will look sharper, crisp and clear on a higher resolution screen. Something you will be staring at 100% of the time you are using your computer! ;)
  6. Skyldig macrumors regular

    Feb 1, 2008
    Everything looks so big in 1280*800 and there is not nearly enough space on the screen for me to even just comfortably surf on the internet.

    It's a dealbreaker for me. If it comes with a cheap BTO it will be ok, but I could never work on a 1280*800 screen. I would rather go with the low-clock C2D in the Air, although I don't think I'll be buying a Mac this time round if 1440*900 is not an option in the MBP.
  7. vincenz macrumors 601


    Oct 20, 2008
    You could just get the 13" and then an external display. That way, you'll have the best of both worlds.
  8. jamesryanbell macrumors 68020


    Mar 17, 2009
    I'm lolling about it personally. "I'm waiting for the Pro!" Have fun with a slower machine (due to the SSD) with worse res. Mistake to wait.

    Air wins.

    (I don't even own an Air...I just think it's funny)
  9. lilcosco08 macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2010
    Much slower processor=faster?

    Pro is rumored to get an SSD for OS+apps and higher res.

    Wait and see, my friend
  10. tigress666 macrumors 68040

    Apr 14, 2010
    Washington State
    People are spoiled.

    Honestly, I love my MBP's screen, it's gorgeous (it's actually better quality than the Sony monitor I use when I have it as a desktop).
  11. MultiBat macrumors member


    Jan 12, 2011
    For my own amusement I wrote my own wishlist for the refresh of the 13" MBP.

    I actually wrote 1280x800 resolution in my dream refresh.
    When I tried it in a store I liked it better than the 13" MBA screen when writing text. The text felt a bit small on the 1440x900 screen for my taste.

    Did I get all i wanted on my wish list?
    Almost. Just that 256 GB SSD missing... :)
  12. JoJoCal19 macrumors 65816


    Jun 25, 2007
    Jacksonville, FL
    Because it's not fine. My almost 5 year old MacBook has a 1280x800 screen.

    As long as its a BTO option for $100 or less I'm fine and I really have zero problem with the IGP 3000 because I don't play games on my Mac.
  13. JoJoCal19 macrumors 65816


    Jun 25, 2007
    Jacksonville, FL
    Why would you want to pay extra Apple tax for it? Get an OWC SSD for half the cost Apple will charge. Its easy to swap in.
  14. dyn macrumors 68030

    Aug 8, 2009
    Some will indeed be staring because the letters are too tiny to read properly. Hi-res screens only make sense with something called resolution independence. Apple has done little to nothing with that. Some are praying for it to be in 10.7.

    So that's the problem: tighter packed pixels means smaller fonts which means that some people will have a very hard time to read the screen. They need to jack up the font size every time or use a magnifier. Hi-res screen aren't necessarily an advantage.
  15. gonnabuyamacbsh macrumors 6502

    Oct 24, 2010
    x2. straight bs. definite deal breaker for me. I'm not gonna pay for an upgrade that should be standard. Apple is trollin hard these days...
  16. zakk385 macrumors newbie

    Feb 18, 2011
    My thoughts exactly. I have no need for a gaming GPU. I do, however, need a better resolution than 1280x800...
  17. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
    It is ok, but the 13" MBP could easily take a higher resolution display, as seen in the MBA. Sure, I can hook up my 2560x1600 30" display to my 13" MBP but I sure as hell won't carry that setup with me.

    At the 13" 1440x900 I don't feel that text becomes too small, just like the 15" 1680x1050 is a great display/resolution ratio.
  18. alt macrumors regular

    Feb 12, 2008
    Bend, Oregon
    x800 is unacceptable...just sayin'

    Not at the price you are paying...just not right.
  19. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    He pretty much summed it up right there.


    People need to remember that we're looking at the specs on the box. They might have an option to go with a higher resolution online.
  20. gregoryalee macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2011
    Most of my clients now have macbook pros which is amazing considering not one of them had one in 2007 when I got my first mac. A lot of them at 30+ years old do not run at native resolution even on a 17" screen. Looks like crap to my eyes but who am I to complain if they honestly have a problem with tiny fonts and elements. I am a little surprised by the poo pooing before we even know what model we are looking at?:confused:
  21. zer0sum macrumors member

    Oct 19, 2008
    If you have ever used a photo editing app or vmware/parallels etc. you would be dying for at least 1440x900

  22. gregoryalee macrumors regular

    Feb 5, 2011
    Personally I wouldn't choose or recommend a 13" screen for editing much of anything. My wife has a 13" macbook and it's ok but the physical size of the screen (not the resolution) makes editing no fun. The graphics experts that I know want BIG screens on laptops. Multiple virtual machines displaying on the desktop is a PITA.
  23. INEEDANOTEBOOK macrumors member

    Dec 14, 2010
    Icy City
    +1. That is exactly why I didn't get an Air.
    And also for the keyboard. The Air's keyboard is too soft to my taste.
  24. LoganT macrumors 68020

    Jan 9, 2007
    It would be like if Apple released an iPhone Pro but instead put a 480x320 screen instead of 960x640 screen.
  25. MultiBat macrumors member


    Jan 12, 2011
    Pay extra? I meant that the 256GB SSD would be in there in the base model. :D
    But now I will most likely go the route you said.

    Ah! Another one like me! The MBA keyboard IS too soft! :)

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