Retina Displays: Not Seeing Pixels for Almost Half a YearIt all started in October. I ordered my new MacBook — a Retina Display MacBook Pro 15-inch with all the base specs — as a half-gift. When I say that, I mean I saved a majority of the money, and my mom covered the rest of the cost as a gift. (I know, I’m a little spoiled.) Anyhow, it arrived on the 5th. I turned it on and was amazed at the boot time. I’m sure that Windows fans and OS X fans can both agree that going from a 5400 RPM drive to an SSD is quite a boost. But what struck me most significantly was the Retina display quality. I could no longer see pixels without looking at the screen with a magnifying glass! I was in awe.

Unfortunately, I had to go on a trip that weekend, so I left my old Mac to transfer all of my files to the new one via Transfer Assistant. By the time I got home, the entire contents of the old Mac were on my bright, new, shiny one, and the effort expended on my part to do so was next to nothing. I was able to up the graphics on each app with little to no issues. I also tried out iMovie, and let me say that having eight gigs of RAM when working with video is a lot better than four. So it is a wonderful machine.

Again, though, the biggest upgrade I’ve noticed has been the Retina display. Ever since I got this thing, I have never been able to look at other screens without noticing those danged pixels. The colors are improved (as one would expect), and I suffer less eye strain over long periods of time now. Normally I’d have headaches staring at typical screens for hours on end, but here, even as I type this, my eyes show no signs of strain at all. As a photo and video editor, I need to attend to the quality of detail, and this display helps me find it. Additionally, in Pixelmator, a project at 1080p does not occupy my entire screen, so I can run something else (such as Facebook chat) at the same time and see it update.

With every purchase, though, there are some regrets. While I’m certainly making more than making do with what I’ve got at my disposal, I really wish I had gone with the 512 GB model instead of this 256 GB model, and I’d love to have what originally seemed like a ridiculous 16 gigs of RAM; I often find myself putting things on my networked storage and external HDDs, and I end up at 7.9 GB of RAM usage. These are minor gripes, though — of course more, in both cases, would have been better. Isn’t that the case with anything in the world of tech?

Anyway, this was a story in the eyes of me, a person who can tell the difference between Retina and non-Retina. It causes me less eye strain, processes the heavy workloads, and, not mentioned in the above text, can run four monitors — including its own — at once. I already have two VGA monitors that are 720p, 19-inch screens with the typical 16:9 ratio. I plan on getting an HDMI monitor for the last one, but I digress. So what are your opinions on Retina? What have your experiences been? Please do share.

My name is Joseph Stein; I am a not-so-typical teenage boy who enjoys awesome technology. I video edit, photo edit, photo create, and game quite a lot. I am a slight Apple fanboy and have quite a few iDevices and such. I also create music to some degree. So I have quite a few talents; admittedly, I’m not sure if writing is one of them.