It’s beautiful. It’s slim. It’s solid-state. It’s got a retina display. And there’s nothing I need more when I am developing on my laptop than a good screen.
Particularly, I need the best screen real estate I can get my hands on. That’s why, when I bought my 2010 15″ MacBook Pro, I paid an extra $100 for a screen that has a resolution of 1680 by 1050. It’s great. The only thing better would be more pixels. Right? Wrong.
The new retina display is 2880 by 1800. Here’s the catch: that’s less screen real estate. It’ll be crisper, but you can fit less on your screen. Since the OS and apps will be in HiDPI mode, you’re seeing an equivalent 1440 by 900 resolution display, with 4x the “crispness.” That’s a downgrade in screen real estate, even if it is an upgrade in screen resolution.
Quite the conundrum: I would love that machine, but I cannot sacrifice the great real estate I get on my current screen, especially after being used to it for almost 2 years. This is an interesting problem.
Edit: Hit the comments for some links. Reports are that scaling on this screen isn’t nearly as ugly as it is on a standard display. While not a perfect solution, if the quality is good enough, that could certainly be the ticket to making this dream machine a part of my work life. Thanks for the comments!