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Nov 21, 2011 01:54 |  #1

I'm having to buy a new [15"] MacBook Pro in a hurry after wrecking my last one unexpectedly. Insurance pay out is involved.

When I got the last one, there was no High Resolution [glossy] screen option. Part of me says go for that as there's a bit more screen "real estate". On the other hand the system fonts can be small enough already and High Resolution will make all the system stuff appear that much smaller - as well as fonts in some applications. My eyes aren't what they once were.

On the other, other hand, the jump in resolution is maybe not so much.

An attempt to make a comparison by going to the nearest Apple Store on Friday didn't help so much as the only high res screen they had was the 17" matte ["anti-reflection"] which I'm not considering at all.

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Nov 21, 2011 05:18 |  #2

I really like the high red, and it's better to have it an choose not to use it. After all insurance is paying?


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Nov 21, 2011 07:10 |  #3

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I really like the high red, and it's better to have it an choose not to use it. After all insurance is paying?

Having it and "choosing not to use it" is not an option. The screens always look better and crisper under native resolution - whatever that turns out to be. Further - as I am told - a setting for the high res screen down to standard res doesn't exist in any case. Maybe that was wrong?


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Nov 21, 2011 07:38 as a reply to  @ Simon_Gardner's post |  #4

It only comes in one resolution. The only option you have is glossy or a anti-glare screen

Right from the specs on the apple website:

15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, 1440-by-900 resolution

You can also downrez the screen if you want (but like you said it won't look that great):

Supported resolutions: 1440 by 900 (native), 1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio stretched


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Nov 21, 2011 07:41 |  #5

palmor wrote in post #13429980 (external link)
It only comes in one resolution. The only option you have is glossy or a anti-glare screen

Right from the specs on the apple website:

15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, 1440-by-900 resolution

Unless you do the BTO option when you buy it an you has the option to upgrade to 1680-1024


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Nov 21, 2011 07:43 |  #6

palmor wrote in post #13429980 (external link)
It only comes in one resolution. The only option you have is glossy or a anti-glare screen

Right from the specs on the apple website:

15.4-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit glossy widescreen display, 1440-by-900 resolution

Right from the Apple UK website:
• MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
• MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Glossy Widescreen Display [+ £80.00]
• MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Antiglare Widescreen Display [+ £120.00]


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Nov 21, 2011 07:47 |  #7

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Right from the Apple UK website:
• MacBook Pro 15-inch Glossy Widescreen Display
• MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Glossy Widescreen Display [+ £80.00]
• MacBook Pro 15-inch Hi-Res Antiglare Widescreen Display [+ £120.00]


Wow.. I guess the UK gets different screens then the US? I wonder why we don't get that option.

What do they consider "high rez"? If it is the 1440-900 then I don't think that is very "high rez".. I use a 15" laptop with a 1920x1080 screen. We have a 13" macbook pro with 1280x800 screen and I don't ind that to be too "high rez" at all (and neither does my wife who's computer it is). I guess it really depends on how bad your eyes are.

Not sure if you have stores like Best Buy but you could go check out a place that has a lot of laptops on display and find a couple with the different resolutions. I know they won't be macs but fonts and icons will probably be similarly sized.


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Nov 21, 2011 07:54 as a reply to  @ palmor's post |  #8

And I stand corrected a 2nd time.. in the US you do have the option but it isn't until you get into the configurator and start pricing it out. :) You'd think they'd listed right on the table with the specs.


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Nov 21, 2011 08:06 |  #9

Well I don't know about OSX but in Windows you can increase the font size for everything and keep the higher resolution.

Or you could get glasses.


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Nov 21, 2011 08:19 |  #10

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Well I don't know about OSX but in Windows you can increase the font size for everything and keep the higher resolution.

Or you could get glasses.

I have glasses. I have 7 or 8 pairs of glasses of various kinds. (I hate them with a vengeance.) Until 8 years ago, I needed none.

As far as my memory goes, in OS9 and earlier you could indeed configure the fonts on all the system menus etc.


I also use Tweetdeck a lot. The font size in that appears not to be changeable and it's definitely small enough.


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Nov 21, 2011 08:24 |  #11

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You'd think they'd listed right on the table with the specs.

15" MacBook Pro
The standard res is 1440 x 900
"High res" is 1680 x 1050

Not a humongous difference.


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Nov 21, 2011 08:29 |  #12

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15" MacBook Pro
The standard res is 1440 x 900
"High res" is 1680 x 1050

Not a humongous difference.

Ya, not huge. Personally I'd go with it just to get the matte screen just because I process photos on my laptop quite often.


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What do they consider "high rez"? If it is the 1440-900 then I don't think that is very "high rez".. I use a 15" laptop with a 1920x1080 screen.

My dead 15" MacBook Pro was 1440 x 900
The "High res" being offered is 1680 x 1050

Of course you can still get the old 1440 x 900 style screen, as discussed. My local Apple dealer claims only to have sold two 15" Macs with "High res" screens. The Apple Stores seem to be the opposite. Nobody has both on display side-by-side.


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Nov 21, 2011 08:33 |  #14

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Ya, not huge. Personally I'd go with it just to get the matte screen just because I process photos on my laptop quite often.

You are talking to someone who definitely isn't getting the matte screen. Absolutely not.


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I recommend you go with the higher resolution. It might be difficult to adjust at first, but after a few days or a week your eyes should have no trouble!


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