high resolution previews for quick comparison when selecting photos

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When I need to compare photos for quality at high resolution, I'm stuck with a pixelated smart preview. I need to see a high res preview image to really compare focus quality and sharpness at zoomed-in scale... and unless I start editing I don't get high res from the cloud. This is backwards as I don't want to waste my time editing something until I know it's sharpness and high-res, zoomed-in quality is worthy. 

I have high speed 40 mbps internet upload and download, and I'm just not getting a pro-level responsiveness from the cloud for originals stored up there.... or maybe it's just the manner in which Lightroom CC chooses to download high res isn't useful for quickly comparing images at the resolution a pro needs.

Secondarily, if there isn't a way to get the cloud to behave more quickly, or adjust when and how Lightroom CC automatically provides high res images... maybe then there could be
1) An option to store high res smart previews locally, or, 
2) Some sort of more robust control of local storage for originals that would be helpful for my problem. E.g., the ability to batch-choose photos to store locally. Or have an album that automatically stores originals locally. To have images in an album that automatically stores photos locally when they are in that album, and not when they aren't, would be an easy way to manage projects I have going an avoid bogging down my local drive when I don't need the high res immediately. This would solve my high res issue, e.g., because I have an album of images to edit, and those are the only images I need to really work with at high res. After I've edited the images, I don't need it any more. 
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>  the ability to batch-choose photos to store locally

You'll be pleased to know you can do that already! Select all of the photos you want offline, then toggle the Store Locally checkbox in the Info panel. To stop them being stored locally, repeat the process.
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Tried this but wasn’t functional in my computer. Will take another look. However this still doesn’t really help for serious work flow IMO and doesn’t address the latency of usable high res previews downloading from the cloud.
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