As any person that spends more than 10 hours a day, five days per week in front of a computer screen I am always interested in having good technical equipment to work with.
Having to consider my proudly genetically inherited myopic astigmatism, I would say that for me the computer screen is the most important thing to consider when investing in computer technology.
My aim though is not to transform this post is not a technical comparison that would include DPI, resolutions or other specific technical terms that characterize a computer screen, but rather to take a subjective peak at two technologies present on Microsoft OS and on iOS powered devices: Clear Type Text and Retina Display.
Clear Type Text
It is quite important to check whether it is enabled on your Windows computer, if that computer has a flat screen. To see the difference, just open the Control Panel and from the Display settings disable the clear type text.
Two important details to considerate:
- If you work using Remote Desktop Connection, check if Font Smoothing is enabled. If not, then the Clear Type text would be disabled in the remote desktop session. If, for example, you spend 7-8 hours per day developing SharePoint apps in a RDC window, ignore this setting and you might be getting a nice headache in the evening.
- Change the font size. A good ophthalmologist told me that the capital letter on the computer screen should be at least 4mm (millimeters) high. When I use a big external monitor I usually change the font size in control panel to 125%.
I think that an iPad with retina display is the best display to read books in a PDF format (for example the trainer preparation files that come with an official Microsoft course, that a MCT has to teach). I was not able to find any other book reader that provides the same clarity when it comes to read PDF files.
I still have a question that remains open: if I buy a Mac with Retina Display and use Remote Desktop to connect to my SharePoint virtual machines, how are these RDC sessions going to take advantage of the Retina Display technology? I’m interested here into the part when the display is scaled up for maximum visibility.
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