Would a Retina Display Ruin Me?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by danqi, Aug 11, 2014.

  1. danqi macrumors member

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    I currently have a 2010 Mac Pro with a 27" Cinema Display and a 27" hardware calibrated NEC SpectraView display. I also have a 13" MacBook Air which I need to replace.

    I do film and photo editing on the Mac Pro and want to continue doing so for another 1 or 2 years, before I start to consider upgrading it. I use the MBA for most day-to-day tasks and writing.

    I am thinking about replacing the MBA with either the new 13" MBA or the 13" rMBP, but - silly as that may seem - I am seriously concerned about the retina display of the rMBP ruining by Mac Pro experience. I won't be able to replace my two non-retina 27" displays with retina versions anytime soon (there aren't even any available ATM). What if I get used to the sharpness of the rMBP and then start to find the non-retina 27" displays unpleasant?

    Is that a valid concern? Or am I being silly?
     
  2. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a

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    Here's the problem I had:

    Last year we were doing a mini road trip from PA down to SC. Although I had my 13" 2009 MBP, I used my iPad 3 exclusively (and iPhone 4S). When I had to use my MBP to do something for my friends website I'd forgotten about pixels. I couldn't believe how much better looking a retina display was.

    Fast forward to this year. We did a road trip down from PA to FL. On the way down, I picked up a 15" Late 2013 rMBP. The screen on this thing is amazing. My problem with it however, that I'm really struggling with is the fact that Photoshop renders the image pixel for pixel. So when you open something that is 1080p in size for example, it takes up a tiny little box on the screen. This makes editing images extremely difficult. If you zoom in to 200% you then get the jaggedness which makes imaged editing more or less impossible.

    I got a retina display because I wanted more screen real estate. I've got it, but I wonder if I will ever be able to do image editing on this screen.
     
  3. kastorff macrumors regular

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    Based on my experience, it's a valid concern. After I bought my rMBP, I found nothing else is good enough. I use the 15" display of the laptop rather than look at the now unused external monitor that previously anchored a "docked" desktop setup. The displays you have are good enough to mitigate the effect some, but it's certainly possible you'll react like I did. I was also perfectly happy with my original iPad mini prior to the rMBP purchase, and now I'm using it less and planning on upgrading to a new retina iPad model later this year.
     
  4. AxoNeuron macrumors 65816

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    I don't have that issue in Photoshop on my rMBP? I think you must be using an older version because Photoshop CC has retina support and it looks gorgeous.
     
  5. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601

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    I have the 13" rMBP and a 27" Cinema Display. I can very clearly notice the difference and yes the 13" made my Cinema Display experience worse.
     
  6. monokakata macrumors 68000

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    15" rMBP here and yes, text on my Dell U2711 is inferior and not surprisingly I'm more aware of its inferiority when I've just been using the rMBP.

    But I have no choice, so I wouldn't say that it's been "ruined" for me. I don't think you're being silly, but I doubt you'll have any problem getting used to it. There's an upside to "can't do anything about it."

    I'm hoping that over the next year or so somebody will make a 27" +/- monitor with retina-level resolution.
     
  7. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a

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    I am using the latest Adobe CC. This attachment is the problem I have. The image is 1920x1080 and Photoshop is displaying it pixel per pixel. 100% meant 100%. Now because of the retina display, images appear much smaller, which means I have to zoom in to, which causes jagged lines.
     

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    AxoNeuron macrumors 65816

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    That's a problem with the low-res image, not the display. The display is simply making an issue with the photo more apparent. And zooming in to 200% detail doesn't look bad on the retina display either! it's just turning it back to the same level of detail it would be at if it were a non-retina machine.

    When I am working with professional-quality images at high resolution it looks gorgeous, simply unbelievable how good it looks.
     
  9. AxoNeuron macrumors 65816

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    I switch between my Hack Pro (driving three non-retina panels) and my retina MacBook Pro without issue.
     
  10. Epiphron macrumors regular

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    I switch between a 15 rMBP with a 27" 1080p display no problem. Does the 1080p display look bad? Nope. The rMBP does look better but that shouldn't detract from the big monitor experience imo :)
     
  11. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a

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    Ok so the problem for me then, is I work with low res images as I do web design. For me a retina display makes it difficult to design website elements

    I still love the machine and the display. Perhaps it will just take me time to fully get used to
     
  12. tillsbury macrumors 65816

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    It's a valid concern but it's going to happen sooner or later anyway. My MBPr has ruined me for my 30" Dell 2560x1600 display. I just need to wait until someone releases a half-decent 4K display at 30"+ for a sensible price. Any day now, I reckon.

    If you went from ipad2 to ipad3, or iphone 3 to iphone 4, it's just the same thing. Like with screen size, you can never go back.
     
  13. Naimfan macrumors 601

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    I go back and forth daily between a 17" hi-res anti-glare MBP and a couple different retina models. No problem.
     
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    What app are you using for temperature/fan rpm speed in the menu bar?
     
  15. pacmania1982 macrumors 6502a

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    SMCFanControl 2.5beta
     
  16. thetechfixer macrumors 6502

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    I have used a Retina Mac and a normal 1080p 27" Display and it should be fine.
     

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