I am a big font enthusiast. These days I am looking for a laptop. Since Retina MacBook Pro has very high pixel density (220/227 ppi) I went to the store to test it.
But to my surprise, the font looked somehow unnatural, strange, too sterile, maybe even too sharp and not so pleasant to read. Of course looking at the words and characters, the curves were perfectly displayed. Like on a paper. Hardly a pixel was found (unless looking very near display).
Then I started to search about that and found these thoughts:
"It needs organic noise, otherwise it all looks like dead plastic"
"Sharpness of type is being celebrated. But that’s not a quality in itself. Just looks cold. Type needs a certain amount of fuzziness. Warmth"
"New iPad is almost ‘too’ sharp. Fonts were never meant to be so crisp. They’re not on paper."
I have 3 questions:
- What are your experiences regarding this sharpness and “unnatural” feel on Retina? Is it maybe that some must get used to it?
- As pixels on such great resolutions are smaller, the curves are more regularly displayed. Many people said fonts on Retina displays are thinner than on Non-Retina ones. What is your opinion? Are they too thin? (If yes, there is also an option to change the thickness in Mac OS.)
- Mac OS uses subpixel-rendering while iOS (iPad, iPhone) doesn’t. Some people like one more than the other. What is your opinion (if you can compare)?