After posting initial benchmark data yesterday for the new Retina MacBook Pro’s SSD and USB 3.0, AnandTech published a longer analysis today about the notebook’s display. The report first took a closer look at the new resolution preferences for Retina MBP users and described the advantages of the different scaling options displayed in the gallery above:
Retina Display MBP owners now get a slider under OS X’s Display Preferences that allow you to specify desktop resolutions other than 1440 x 900. At 1440 x 900 you don’t get any increase in usable desktop resolution compared to a standard 15-inch MacBook Pro, but everything is ridiculously crisp… Even at the non-integer scaled 1680 x 1050 setting, the Retina Display looks a lot better than last year’s high-res panel. It looks like Apple actually renders the screen at twice the selected resolution before scaling it to fit the 2880 x 1800 panel (in other words, at 1920 x 1200 Apple is rendering everything at 3840 x 2400 (!) before scaling… Everything just looks better.
As illustrated in the images above showing benchmark data, the review found greatly improved viewing angles, black levels, and contrast when compared to the previous generation high-res MacBook Pro model. AnandTech then looked at Apple’s claims that the new MacBook Pro display reduces glare by 75 percent from previous generations:
Blizzard recently wrapped up a Diablo III open beta weekend to stress test the game’s servers, and today they are once again building anticipation for the upcoming title with a new TV spot. Diablo III is headed to Macs next month on May 15, and preorders are already open here.
The Lord of Terror has begun his demonic crusade to shackle YouTube viewers into unholy slavery. Watch our new TV spot now, and prepare for your journey into the depths of Sanctuary on 05.15.12.
Blizzard announced today that one of its most anticipated titles, previously in closed beta, would become a free Open Beta Weekend for all users with a Battle.net account beginning April 20. All you have to do is download the client here and starting 12:01 PDT, you will have access to five heroic classes up to level 13. This open beta will act as a stress test for the servers leading up to the May 15 release date for the game.
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