New work laptop: Macbook Pro or Win7?...

Started May 1, 2013 | Discussions thread
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Re: New work laptop: Macbook Pro or Win7?...
In reply to Tom_N, May 4, 2013

Tom_N wrote:

I would think the biggest concern would not be reliability, but the Retina display.  Mac OS X pulls some tricks to allow user interface elements to stay the same size (with the extra pixels being used to render extra detail, when the application is aware enough to allow that).

If Windows 7 treats the Retina display's resolution as implying a huge desktop, the physical sizes of the user interface elements are going to be very small.  I know Windows 7 has some scaling controls (and as a last resort, I guess one could lower the video card resolution to a non-native setting).  So how well, in practice, do they work out?

Biggest concern is the Retina display? Not sure it's fair to say "pulls some tricks." The way OS X handles the Retina display is now a consistent, documented part of the OS. The concepts are not new. We have never expected a photo to become invisibly tiny when printing to a 2880dpi printer. Based on the same principles, elements don't need to shrink on high-def screens either.

The way Windows currently handles such a display may not be so great, but they will also get there. They call it HiDPI instead of Retina, but it's the same idea.

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