New MacBook Pro 15″ Hi-Res Screen Comparison
Here’s a good side-by-side comparison showing the viewable difference between the new MacBook Pro hi-res screen option and the standard display. The new 2010 MacBook Pro 15″ model with optional high-resolution screen running at 1680×1050 sits on the left, alongside an older MacBook Pro with the standard 15″ display running at 1440×900 on the right. Note the additional visible images and information on the high resolution screens display.
Thank you Andrew for pointing us to the pictures over at MacRumors forums, check out the thread if you want to see the full resolution shots. The original poster has this to say about the screens:
1) The difference in resolution is very noticeable; especially websites with a lot of text or images; if the site has a lot of white space and they are not coded to stay together, then there is even more white space.
2) The color is alright, but the brightness seems a bit dimmer than the older anti glare; I have both set to the same brightness and both have been calibrated with a Huey Pro.
3) The vertical viewing angles still sucks; it’s a TN panel, so I’m not surprised; look like the older one. I tried taking a picture of this, but my P&S is also a POS.
4) Horizontal angles are also like the older one. I took a picture, but I don’t if you can tell, but the high-resolution one looks a bit yellow from the right
It’s worth mentioning that both of the MacBook Pro’s featured in the pictures are also the antiglare screen model, which is why the black bezel and glass isn’t seen. In fact, you can’t get a new MacBook Pro 15″ with an antiglare screen unless you also get the hi-res screen upgrade. The classic glass & black bezel screen is available at both standard resolution and HD models though.
If you’re shopping for a new MacBook Pro, Amazon offers the new models at 3% to 5% discounts depending on the model, with free shipping included.
Update: also from MacRumors, here’s a picture of the new MacBook Pro 15″ high-res anti-glare matte screen version vs the new MacBook Pro standard res glossy version.