Switch from Windows to OSX? (mostly for Lightroom)

Started Mar 5, 2014 | Discussions thread
Tom_N Forum Pro • Posts: 14,138
Re: Switch from Windows to OSX? (mostly for Lightroom)

Russell Evans wrote:

turnstyle wrote:

I was first looking at Windows 8.1 ultrabooks with hi-dpi displays -- but it seems like hi-dpi is still kind of hit-or-miss in Windows.


"While Apple's new Retina MacBook Pro includes a display measuring 2880x1800 pixels, the default display options do not allow users to run their systems at that raw resolution.

That is not an accurate statement. The LCD panel, and the output of the graphics chipset, run at native resolution (2880x1800 pixels on a 15" rMBP).

The system decouples the workspace size from the LCD resolution so that you can see the stuff on the screen without squinting or using a magnifying glass:

Instead, the extra pixels are used to display a higher level of detail on a canvas representing the previous 1440x900 resolution. As a result, windows and user interface elements appear to be the same relative size as on a 1440x900 15" display, but with four times the detail.

If you continue to measure sizes of things in pixel units without any adjustments, then on a hi-DPI screen, everything gets tiny.  Are you implying that


  • 13.3" LED QHD+, 3200 x 1800, 16:9

would display the equivalent of four 1600x900 pixel screens on one 13.3" screen and that using all of the pixels for more desktop space (with all text, content, and UI elements displaying at 1/4 size), and none for more detail, would be an advantage?

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