Dell XPS 14 & XPS 15 Photos and Specifications Leaked

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Happy

How does this 1080p resolution compare to the retina display resolution on the iPad and new Macbook Pros? (I'm not being sarcastic, I'm genuinely curious and would like to know how it stacks up. Is it comparable? inferior? superior?)

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LatiosXT

I'm going to add to this... Does it matter? The only thing that improves on Retina Displays are the vector graphics, i.e. the GUI elements. Web Content is not made for those resolutions. It works on smartphones and tablets because they aren't capping the highest commonly found desktop resolution.

Also there's different paradigms here. Smartphones and tablets work on a fixed actual size. You're touching the darned UI. Desktops and laptops however, work on fixed PPI. The world grew up with 96PPI screens and thus, content was made for that PPI. Since you can't use 96PPI scaling on a MBP retina display, you're not really buying much.

1080p at 15" is on the borderline for comfortable 96PPI scaling view.

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Justin.Kerr

Personally I feel like this is the best resolution for notebooks and tablets. Having tried both I can say Retina is impressive with the right source matterial, but the web just isn't ready. Between that and the performance hit trying to do everything at native res, give me 1080p any day, at least for the next few years.

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Engelsstaub

I personally would have to agree. While I think the new MBP with that resolution is pretty damned awesome (with a price to match,) screen resolutions above 1080p are currently of limited use to most of us.

It looks great on a 27" iMac or a high-end professional monitor, but it just reveals too much "faults" of modern content. It's like playing some satellite radio broadcast or a very low bitrate/poorly-encoded MP3 on a reference sound system. The stuff sounds fine on your laptop speakers or even your desktop speakers.

Video content is never delivered at a resolution above 1080p. You would have to watch a full HD video in a window on a 2880-by-1800 display to see it at its native resolution with minimal artifacts. And until they find a better less-lossy/more-accurate compression scheme for high def content, it's going to stay 1080 or 720 for some time. A full lossless rip, in a MKV container, of a Blu-Ray's main content (not that I would ever do such a thing/purely academic!) averages between 20-40 Gbs per title. The compression that Apple/others use to deliver 1080p via iTunes/others leaves visible artifacts even when viewed on a monitor under 1080p. Just think of how shitty your DVD rips (of DVDs you already own!) would look on a 2880-by-1800 "retina" display!

I think it's cool that Apple (or anyone) is doing this; advancing the state of the art. It's just of limited utility to those of us who aren't working professionally in photo-editing. Even then, I wonder how many of those would really want or need a laptop to accomplish their work.

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