Google Books PDF Death Match: Mac Pro

The Apple Store had a Mac Pro set up driving a 4K Sharp screen.


Of course I had to test it with Google Books PDFs!

On a 4K screen, this is the default size of a Google Books PDF American Magazine page in Safari:


A video of that:

Going two-page does this:


Video of paging through it via Safari:

Note that the latency has the twin facts that this is a browser plus whatever delay the Apple Store network is experiencing (downloading the PDF was slower than I expected).

The best happens when the PDF has downloaded and is displayed in Preview, from one-up to two-up:

And paging through it:

When people want to know what kind of performance I want out of a tablet with Google Books PDFs, I can show them that video. That is what I want. Instant page switching, no buffering.

But now I want more: I want that screen as a tablet!

I want it thin and light.

That’s no larger than a standard issue of The New York Times. And as a tablet should weigh about the same as a weekday edition.

And what do you do with a tablet that size when not using it? Hang it up on a wall and use it to display a rotation of photos, in portrait. Or hang it in landscape and do the same or watch videos.

I’m not asking too much. We’ll have it in ten or fifteen years. Will I live long enough to get it?


Filed under Google Books PDFs, Other Hardware, Video

2 responses to “Google Books PDF Death Match: Mac Pro

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