I just got macbook pro 13inch retina and the default resolution is 1280px width, and maximum is 1600px.

If I connect this laptop to an external monitor via HDMI which has 1920px resolution, will the resolution really be 1920, since laptop's max is 1600?

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Yes, you will get 1920x1080 resolution.

The native resolution of a 13" Retina Macbook Pro is actually much higher. From Apples website:

Retina display: 13.3-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit display with IPS technology; 2560-by-1600 resolution at 227 pixels per inch with support for millions of colors

Native resolution: 2560 by 1600 pixels (Retina); scaled resolutions: 1680 by 1050, 1440 by 900, and 1024 by 640 pixels

The 13" retina MBP can also handle 1080P and higher resolutions through HDMI:

HDMI video output

Support for 1080p resolution at up to 60Hz

Support for 3840-by-2160 resolution at 30Hz

Support for 4096-by-2160 resolution at 24Hz


  • TL;DR - Yes....
    – tokamak
    Feb 19, 2016 at 5:18
  • "Brevity is acceptable, but fuller explanations are better." apple.stackexchange.com/help/how-to-answer
    – Yanzzee
    Feb 19, 2016 at 5:25
  • I don't argue against that @Yanzzee, just pointing out it would have made the post much clearer to start by saying "Yes, ..." and then go into the full explanation.
    – tokamak
    Feb 19, 2016 at 5:37
  • OK, answer edited.
    – Yanzzee
    Feb 19, 2016 at 5:43
  • Great, now I am comfortable upvoting it ;)
    – tokamak
    Feb 19, 2016 at 5:49

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