4 Replies Latest reply: Jul 16, 2012 5:22 PM by jss2120
jss2120 Level 1 Level 1

Ever since I got my MBP retina I have been having eye strain issues to the point of basically almost returning the unit. I recently discovered that by using the lower resolutions (1280x800) (1024x640) I am having a much easier time and my eyes relax quite a bit more. My questions is does this have any negative effect on performance? I understand I sacrifice space but I just struggle with the native (1440x900). Or perhaps a none retina display would be the option. I just sold my mid 2009 macbook pro and now regret it.


MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012), Mac OS X (10.7.4)
Solved by Pletron on Jul 16, 2012 2:58 PM Solved

Okay, so you had the 13". I thought you had the 15". But if you run 15" at 1440x900 then everything is the same "size" on the screen as on the 13" but with larger screen real estate. So you shouldn't have more eyestrain at 15" 1440x900 than 13" 1280x800. I used to have the 13" 2010 and I'll have to say that the 13" gave me more eyestrain than the retina one (because of the lack of pixel density). Hopefully you'll get used to retina display!

  • Pletron Level 1 Level 1

    No the performance would, if anything, improve if you use a lower resolution. Although I can't seem to understand how the retina MBP would give you more eyestrain at 1440x900 than your old 2009 MBP at the same resolution? If the problem is the pixel density then it wouldn't matter if you run the screen at native 1440x900 or 1280x800. You would still have the same amount of pixels running (2880x1800).

    Well my answer to your question is; no the performance will not be affected.

  • jss2120 Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks. I do believe that 1280 by 800 was the native resolution on a macbook pro mid 2009 13". Thats why it seems so puzzling.

  • Pletron Level 1 Level 1

    Okay, so you had the 13". I thought you had the 15". But if you run 15" at 1440x900 then everything is the same "size" on the screen as on the 13" but with larger screen real estate. So you shouldn't have more eyestrain at 15" 1440x900 than 13" 1280x800. I used to have the 13" 2010 and I'll have to say that the 13" gave me more eyestrain than the retina one (because of the lack of pixel density). Hopefully you'll get used to retina display!

  • jss2120 Level 1 Level 1

    Thanks that does make sense. Maybe a backlighting issue or just having to get used to it.