SwitchResX for Mac lets you easily change your display resolution and adjust other monitor settings directly from your menu bar or by using the Contextual Menu. This premium product supports resolutions for high-density displays, as well as different orientations. Additionally, you can use it to manage your multiple display setups and create custom per-app rules.
Installing SwitchResX for Mac can be confusing for novices because it actually installs as a preference pane rather than a standalone app, and offers little guidance during installation. In order to have access to the highest number of options, SwitchResX will ask you to run a lightweight daemon in the background; in our tests it used only 0.1 percent of CPU power and around 25MB of RAM. The settings window is laid out well, with separate tabs for each distinct function. Some of the options within the app, like screen orientation, are hardware-specific and may not be available on all monitors. Notable features of the app include the ability to assign custom resolutions to individual apps, create your own screen resolutions, and save different display combinations as distinct sets. In addition, this app offers support for AppleScript, which can prove quite handy if you're familiar with scripting, and the ability to assign shortcuts to any premade display set, allowing you to change your display settings with just one click.
Whether you have a retina MacBook and are tired of having to sacrifice the high resolution because of incompatible apps or use several external monitor setups, SwitchResX for Mac won't disappoint you. Being lightweight and highly customizable, this premium app can increase your productivity by automatically managing your display.
Editors' note: This is a review of the trial version of SwitchResX for Mac 4.3.6.
SwitchRes X helps you manage the resolution of all your monitors. You can access to the resolutions of all your displays in a simple, customizable menu. SwitchRes X incorporates features relative to the Monitor Resolution, Monitor BitDepth, and Video Mirroring into one single utility. You can use its menu in the Menu Bar or click on the Finder Desktop with its Contextual Menu Plugin to gain access to all these settings from within every application. It even allows you to create new custom resolutions.