Julien Melissas


Do you have a Retina MacBook Pro?

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Do you have a Retina MacBook Pro?


This is by-far the best computer I’ve ever owned.

I came from a 13″ MacBook Pro with the optical drive replaced with an SSD, and 8GB of RAM. That computer was great. Fast, strong, sturdy, just about everything was awesome.

Then I bought my late 2013 15″ rMBP. I decided to move up screen sizes so I could put more code on my screen at a time. I feel like the bigger the screen, the more productive I am. This computer rules. I bought the maxed-out one, with 16GB of RAM and the dedicated graphics card. I don’t think I’ve found anything that has made me feel like I should have bought a “better” computer – this thing is a beast. The screen is gorgeous, it’s super light (scary really), fast, thin, portable, powerful, etc. *add more Apple fanboy bullshit here*

Anyways, when you power it on for the first time you’re like wow, but it ships with one flaw. So many friends that have gotten these don’t ever think about the fact that this screen is packed with so many pixles – but everything is so huge. Why is that?


Change the screen resolution.

Really. It’s a crime that Apple ships these things with that stupid-huge screen resolution. You can’t fit anything on the screen! Your mind will be blown when you change the resolution. How were you using the computer this whole time like that?

It’s easy. Go to System Preferences > Displays > Scaled, then pick the one selected below or the one that says “More Space” if you’re really looking for a change. I switch between the two depending on what I’m doing.

Screenshot 2014-06-27 16.12.21



Julien Melissas

Julien Melissas


I'm a Web Developer, Foodie, and Music Lover/Maker living in Asheville, NC. I make things on the web at Craftpeak & JM Labs.

  • Dude, this was the best thing I learned all day…. I’ve been fighting screen real estate with this thing since day one.

    Thank you!

    • Julien Melissas

      Hell yes! I didn’t think anyone even read this blog 😉

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