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MacBook Pro w/Retina display

Discussion in 'Tilted Gear' started by Lindy, Aug 30, 2018.

  1. Lindy

    Lindy Moderator Staff Member Donor

    I'm starting to look for a new laptop. The Apple Retina display on the MacBook Pro has beautifully rendered colors and is very clear and sharp, even at an off angle.

    But, since my laptop will probably spend at least 90% of its time with the lid closed and docked to a 24" display along with a real keyboard (with numeric key pad) and a (I hate trackpads) real mouse...

    Is it worth spending the extra money for the Retina Display?

    I really only use my laptop display when traveling.

    Will the Retina capability improve the video when using an external monitor?

    Thanks for your thoughts. From a tech challenged user.
  2. Lindy

    Lindy Moderator Staff Member Donor

    Did I put this in the wrong place?:(
  3. fflowley

    fflowley Don't just do something, stand there! Donor

    My wife has the laptop with Retina display.
    The quality is spectacular as you say.
    I don’t know about the external monitor though.....I suspect that is limited to what the external monitor is capable of.
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  4. Stan

    Stan Resident Dumbass Donor

    I'm using a 2015 15" MacBook with Retina display and absolutely love it.

    If you aren't using the display most of the time, it's probably overkill. In my experience, the driver for the Retina display is tuned for itself and is so-so with an external monitor.
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  5. genuinemommy

    genuinemommy Moderator Staff Member

    I'm not up to date with Apple products. I hope others give you more advice.
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  6. Lindy

    Lindy Moderator Staff Member Donor

    Thanks for the input on the output.;) I bought a used MacBook Air for about $400 with 8GB RAM, Core i5, 128GB SSD. The drive is kinda small, but I usually work to a couple of external drives anyway. MJVM2LL/A, early 2015 model. I'm waiting on delivery.:)