would anyone else prefer a screen of 16:9 aspect ratio instead of 16.10?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Bathplug, Mar 22, 2011.

  1. Bathplug macrumors 6502a

    Jul 12, 2010
    Movies with an aspect ratio 2.40:1, 2.39:1 or 2.35:1 have even huger black bars than they normally would. On a 16:9 display I would usually crop the movie to fit the screen and it wouldn't be so bad missing the edges of the movies but on a 16:10 display you lose to much from the edges so I have to put up with the giant black bars. Movies with 1.85:1 aspect ratios look ok though on the macbook pro.
  2. tasslehawf macrumors 6502

    Jun 13, 2003
    Austin, TX
    That's an awfully expensive portable DVD player.

    I'm glad Apple has bucked the trend of going to 16:9 laptop displays since I use my MBP for work purposes, where 180 pixels of vertical screen real estate is actually useful.
  3. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Sadly a lot of people use their Macs for other stuff than film watching too, therefore the added vertical height (as it is now) can be quite good.
    Btw, many could live with black bars when watching a 2.35:1 film on a 4:3 TV, though many still seem to object black bars, which I don't mind, therefore I don't quite understand.
  4. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008

    If they upped the horizontal resolution across all models without sacrificing any vertical.... maybe.

    But I'd still prefer 16:10 for general computing work.

    Not to mention some of the older stuff I watch is still 4:3.
  5. MagicBoy macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    No. It's a portable computer, not a $2000 DVD player.

    Vertical height rules all. I'd rather have a 4:3 laptop truth be told. The 14" 1400x1050 screen on my ten year old Dell was most excellent. Unfortunately the maximum 512MB RAM was becoming a bit of an issue by 2005!
  6. Erasmus macrumors 68030


    Jun 22, 2006
    Hiding from Omnius in Australia
    No. 16:10 is much more practical for real work, games, older TV shows, etc.

    Only thing 16:9 is good for is 16:9 ratio movies and tv shows.
  7. sammich macrumors 601


    Sep 26, 2006
    Filling a 16:10 screen with a 2.35:1 movie...my god, that's like butchering a movie. You're losing about half the pixels, you may as well go back to VHS.
  8. SPEEDwithJJ macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2008
    Like the rest before me, I do not like the 16:9 ratio but I'm sure that once Apple introduces a redesign of the MBP line, they'll definitely take the opportunity to switch from the current 16:10 ratio to the 16:9 ratio. :(
  9. MagicBoy macrumors 68040


    May 28, 2006
    Manchester, UK
    Nah, just go to the Cinema and see it properly. :D

    15" screens can never do a decent movie justice.
  10. striker33 macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2010
    In the words of Buzz Lightyear: "You are a sad, strange, little man... and you have my pity.".
  11. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    Nope which is why i moved off the iMac line (once they discontinued the 24" model) into a Portable+24" LED ACD combo.
  12. brentsg macrumors 68040

    Oct 15, 2008
    16:9 is horrible and would probably be a tipping point that would push me toward a different vendor.
  13. TheFarmer macrumors 6502

    Jan 13, 2011
  14. wywern209 macrumors 65832


    Sep 7, 2008
    do you rly want to know?
    that is soo true. if you are going to watch a movie, watch it on your 16:9 TV. For the off chance that you want to watch a movie on the go on your macbook pro, a 16:10 screen isn't THAT bad. no need to wreck a nice ratio just for a movie.
  15. Maven1975 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 24, 2008
  16. gofightlose macrumors member


    Feb 1, 2011
    my last computer was 16:9 and I always felt so cramped on it. You had to scroll down on everything. I would rather have little black bars and more space to work.

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