The Case Against a Retina MacBook Pro

I got a 13″ Retina MacBook Pro about a month and a half ago. I am not impressed and here’s why. This first screenshot is of a full screen Chrome window using the Retina resolution.

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Yes, it’s beautiful. There is no arguing that. But I’m not blind and I have to scroll before even seeing any content. Lot’s of scrolling at this resolution. Here you can see the Display settings.

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I switched over to a scaled resolution (no longer Retina) for more space.

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Voila! I no longer feel like there’s a magnifying glass attached to my face and I don’t have to scroll nearly as much as with Retina. Guess what, it still looks beautiful.

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Many people love their Retina MacBook Pro. I wish I had gotten a MacBook Air instead.

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Nick Momrik

I'm searching for the perfect golf swing and my first hole-in-one. I'm addicted to CrossFit. I work for Automattic.

2 thoughts on “The Case Against a Retina MacBook Pro”

  1. While I don’t have a Retina Mac, just a 1920×1080 screen on a 13″ laptop, I agree completely. One of the first things I did when I got my laptop was turn down/off the OS-level scaling of things. Stuff is certainly small but scrolling sucks!🙂


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