4 Replies Latest reply: May 17, 2011 7:46 PM by eww
CathyBates Level 1 Level 1

I just received my new MacBook Pro 17" computer and it's beautiful. The only problem I have is that the only screen resolution that is sharp enough is the 1920 X 1200 and then everything is so small. I have tried changing the resolution to a higher one but then everything is blurry.

I know I can change the size of the text in browsers etc. But that is not what I want. Is there any way one could change the resolution and keep it sharp?

Thankful for help...

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • eww Level 9 Level 9
    No, there isn't. On any LCD display, every resolution other than the maximum is unavoidably blurry. It's the nature of the technology: the LCD contains a fixed, unchangeable number of pixels (the native resolution), and using them to simulate any lower resolution results in an approximation, which is inherently only approximate — and "approximate" means blurry. This is true of every flat-screen display.

    You have joined the club of sight-unseen buyers who learn, to their dismay, that they should have looked at the high-resolution screen before ordering. If you can't use it comfortably, return it while you still can, and order a 15" MBP with the standard-resolution (1440 x 900) display. The high-res 15" display makes things very nearly as small as your 17" does. There's absolutely no point in paying extra for a high-resolution screen if you don't want to use it at its highest resolution.
  • CathyBates Level 1 Level 1
    Thank you very much for your reply. I think that is what I have to do as I really have problems using this computer.
  • Hawaii Web Designer Level 1 Level 1

    could we just change the display for one with a 1440x900 resolution? I seen some for sale on ebay... I want to keep my 17 in if possible to get the display to look sharp at 1440x900

  • eww Level 9 Level 9

    No, that's not possible. Even the earliest 17" MBPs (April-October 2006) had 1680 x 1050 displays, and all 17" unibody MBP displays have been 1920 x 1200. The older-style 1680 x 1050 screen assemblies can't be mounted on a unibody machine.


    I hate to say it, but this is what you get for buying an expensive computer sight unseen.