Originally Posted by hammadj
Don't know if you know this or not but you can scale it to be more space (looks like 1680x1050) or even its native res. Do any of you have any Specific windows laptops in mind that are similar to this?
I don't know if that is possible to be honnest. It might be, but then it beats the purpose:
the rMBP screen, just like Samsung ATIV 9 Plus are using a 4x upscaling routine, to make things scale perfectly: a single dot from a "would be" 900p singnal coming from the OS/Apps, gets "doubled" in each direction, thus is displayed by 4 physical pixels. But it remains a single dot. You cannot subdivide that dot to 2 or 3 or 4 dots.
In reality, this is why it works and was cleverly chosen by Apple/Samsung and those who did the panel development: the UI for OSs and Apps is not ready to become full vectorized / scalable. Even if you would make your OS scalable, it would take years for all the apps "some" user might wish to keep running on his "new" rMBP or equiv. machine to follow up - it might never do.
So they use this hardware level "anti-alliancing" technique, to make things look crisper, but the way the market it, is deceiving.
Even if you have the ability to “override” the upscalling routine, high jacking the GPU and displaying w/e resolution you want, that won’t make what you do more productive.
Going 1050p is something "random"...why 1050p? How that scales evenly from 1800p? It doesn't. So, will you have black bands above and below? Black frame all around? Will you stretch the image unevenly all-around making it blurrier than a screen with a native resolution that big?
And why go through all that to get less real estate and inferior quality over a native 1080p monitor that is readily available in less expensive and more powerful machines than either the rMBP or ATIV 9 Plus?
Reality is that native 1800p with legacy app support is very very hard to be achieved @ 13/15"...most CAD programs for example, will have a miriad buttons in their UI that are sized 1/4"/5 mm square give or take at 768/900p. That will become half that size, if not smaller as resolutions increase. Some people already struggle with 13" 1080p displays and such UIs. Thus Windows in the rMBP that runs @ native resolution - something Apple NEVER intended in the forseeable future for that machine - makes it nearly unusable.
Even if you want that as an excuse to perfect your headshot % in your fav FPS, you will soon grow tired of everything but scalable environments (i.e. what you see in your browser for example).
iOS, Android / Chrome OS etc, are designed to be adaptable, and so are apps developed for them. Desktop apps are NOT.
I bet you that these next 2-3 years, we won't be seing many screens above 1080-1200p native, exactly because of the my rant above: legacy support
There are quite a few 1080p 15" machines out there with similar or better specs (average, not point by point) than a rMBP in the $1000-1200 range. Seek those.
In a couple of years, you might get a second machine in this class / price range, be relevant in gaming / latest apps, and still have spent pretty much the same money as the rMBP will cost you now. Also, have some money aside (or ask your family to) for accidents...you will be amazed how many laptops get dropped, stepped on, pushed off the desk etc during loooong days in college. Doesn't have to be you...but it happens. Don't put all your eggs in one basket