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Working with a Macbook Pro or other high res screen in Windows?

#1GabrezuPosted 9/20/2013 11:35:12 AM
With 100% scaling which is lowest possible.

So, I'm asking because I want to know how you feel about it. I'm currently working on a 1080p 15.6in screen and I find I need still more real estate, so I'm really interested by the newly announced laptops such as the Yoga 2, ATIV Book 9 Plus, Envy Touchsmart 14, Vaio Flip 15 and Zenbook UX301. Obviously I use several more 1080p screen when I can, but sometimes I'm on the move and bringing a usb screen is not always practical.

The problem with high res screen and 100% scaling is hard to read text. Here is an experiment I ran. With Google Chrome, I set the zoom level to 67% and it still look okay to me. I have the habit of leaning forward really close to the screen when working on my laptop, so that helps. 67% is significant, because for the Vaio Flip 15, it has exactly 1.5 times (2880x1620) the amount of horizontal (and vertical) pixel compared to 1080p and it is also a 15in screen, so that works out to pixels at 67% of the size.

At 50% zoom level, it's getting quite unreadable, but I don't know whether because the fonts are too small or the fonts are badly rendered due to not enough pixels. 50% is significant because the Yoga 2 has 3200x1800 with a 13in screen, so if you work it out, it is about 52% of the size of my 15in 1080p screen.

So, what is your experience with high res screen for Windows. This is all about productivity tasks such as code writing or using Illustrator. I'm not going to game at that resolution. Thanks.
#2PyrotechnixxxPosted 9/20/2013 12:42:38 PM
I've heard it's a lot better on windows 8, but I have no experience with it so I can't offer much help.
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#3Gabrezu(Topic Creator)Posted 9/20/2013 3:41:45 PM
Actually, Windows 8 offers more scaling options like 200%, which is not what I want. I'll keep it at 100% to get the max amount of screen real estate. I'm just wondering if text are readable that way and if there are some unforeseen difficulties that I'm not aware of.
#4Gabrezu(Topic Creator)Posted 9/21/2013 8:16:24 AM
I'm gonna bump this the first and last time.
#5DragnfyrPosted 9/21/2013 8:19:49 AM
Yes the text is unreadable. What you need is more physical screen estate so book up some external monitors or something. There's only so much you can do on a 15" screen.
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#6DragnfyrPosted 9/21/2013 8:29:34 AM
Although I guess if you leave forward close to the screen you can still read the text.
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MacBook Pro with Retina Display | 15.4" 2880x1800 | Core i7-3615QM @ 2.3GHz | 8GB DDR3 1600MHz | GT 650M 1GB GDDR5 | 256GB SSD | OSX 10.8.5 | Windows 8 Pro