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Using SwitchResX on 15″ Macbook Pro

SwitchResX Increases Screen Resolution

A Tool To Increase Resolution of your Mac Products

Over the holidays I found myself wanting more and more to chill out with my Macbook Pro on my lap in the living room. I love my Chromebook, but I wanted to do some work on some stuff that I just can’t do at the moment. This was the only option if I was gonna work and watch more than basic television and hang out with my daughter and wife. In my office I hook my mbp to an external monitor so I can have more real-estate to work on. It had been almost two months since I worked on something without the dual monitor setup and I was itching for more screen space(since multiple windows is not an option I care for).

A quick couple of google searches and I stumbled upon SwitchResX. Not sure if I was off my google game or what, but it wasn’t as easy as it should have been to find this, or at least a week ago I remember having issues when searching for a product.

Regardless I was pleased to come across this tool and found it actually does the trick. A regular mbp non-retina has a resolution of 1440 x 910 and you can increase that up to 1920×1080. I’m not sure if this is something that’ll I’ll wind up purchasing(after the ten day trial), although it’s at a pretty reasonable price point so I’m on the fence. I’m fairly certain if I start working on just the mbp more and away from an external monitor that this will be the way to go for sure to get a little more space. The obvious downside is that everything does become significantly smaller which can be rough on the eyes for long periods of time.

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This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. noisyneil says:

    Hi… I’ve just bought Switchresx as this is exactly what I want to achieve too. I’m on a 2009 15″ MBP. I set up a scaled resolution of 1920×1080 and rebooted but it’s not there… any idea what I might be doing wrong? Cheers

    • Will
      Will Schmierer says:

      Hey,

      For me it showed up when right clicking on my desktop on both my MBP or display monitor. Not sure if something has changed recently to the plugin are you running the latest version of OSX on the MBP? Could be an issue.

      Will

  2. noisyneil says:

    Thanks for the reply! I’m on a 2009 non-retina MBP, running OSX 10.8.4. I’m trying to get Logic Pro X elements to look a bit smaller and less cramped (it seems to be designed for higher resolution monitors…?). I opened up Switchresx, clicked on the Custom Resolutions tab, selected Scaled Resolution, typed in 1920 and 1200 in the requisite boxes, saved and restarted. Nothing new in the contextual menu or under the menu bar icon… Bit confused! Thanks again for taking the time to reply.

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