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cake1
Jun 26, 2013, 02:43 AM
Hi, I just got my first MacBook and it does indeed have an LG screen. Obviously I wish I got a Samsung one but trying to exchange it would be long and painful. Is there anything positive about the LG screen tho? I already have the corrected profile so it's less bad but still



jgbr
Jun 26, 2013, 02:49 AM
You really should not get carried away with this nonsense of LG v Samsung, Both are different yes but it boils down very much to personal preference. Many on here want an 'out of the box' experience so will accept the contract of the samsung, where others who have the LG take the time to configure the profiles and screen. For average consumers yes they may want the simple router but afterall we should be calibrating screens to our eyes not the opinions of others.

kodeman53
Jun 26, 2013, 03:37 AM
Hi, I just got my first MacBook and it does indeed have an LG screen. Obviously I wish I got a Samsung one but trying to exchange it would be long and painful. Is there anything positive about the LG screen tho? I already have the corrected profile so it's less bad but still

If you hadn't read the LG v Samsung thread would you be happy with your purchase?

cake1
Jun 26, 2013, 06:09 AM
Well I guess it was the hype around this that gets me all obsessed with the screen. I haven't really used this computer yet since I'm currently at work :)

scaredpoet
Jun 26, 2013, 06:53 AM
Hi, I just got my first MacBook and it does indeed have an LG screen. Obviously I wish I got a Samsung one but trying to exchange it would be long and painful. Is there anything positive about the LG screen tho? I already have the corrected profile so it's less bad but still

Let me ask this: what do you feel is bad about the screen, that the profile makes "less bad?"

Or are you saying it's bad because other people, are saying it's bad?

I have the LG screen, and I did what I do with all my Mac screens: I calibrated it myself to my tastes. And it's fine.

sparkie7
Jun 26, 2013, 07:01 AM
I read that the LG is better for viewing porn. Something about it rendering more realistic skin tones. Gotta be a plus right? :D

paulrbeers
Jun 26, 2013, 07:37 AM
Hi, I just got my first MacBook and it does indeed have an LG screen. Obviously I wish I got a Samsung one but trying to exchange it would be long and painful. Is there anything positive about the LG screen tho? I already have the corrected profile so it's less bad but still

Seriously, this is the most idiotic thing ever. If you had never read the LG vs Samsung threads, you never would have cared. I had an LG screen on my 2011 and you know what? It was fine. In fact I preferred it! If you read ANY of the reviews, a simple calibration will make the LG screen practically perfect (there are even files floating around that set all the calibrations for you). My 2013 MBA has a Samsung screen and I don't like it. I'm used to my LG screen that I had for almost 2 years that the Samsung feels over saturated (because it is). Neither screen is perfect, but neither are bad. The LG just takes a couple minutes to fix and then I believe it is a superior screen.

ilkevinli
Jun 26, 2013, 07:43 AM
You would have never cared until you saw a Samsung screen. Then you will care. I returned my 2013 air because it had and LG screen and the replacement screen thankfully came with a Samsung screen. IMHO, it's a big difference. Maybe it's because my 2012 Air had a Samsung screen and I am just use to it.






Seriously, this is the most idiotic thing ever. If you had never read the LG vs Samsung threads, you never would have cared. I had an LG screen on my 2011 and you know what? It was fine. In fact I preferred it! If you read ANY of the reviews, a simple calibration will make the LG screen practically perfect (there are even files floating around that set all the calibrations for you). My 2013 MBA has a Samsung screen and I don't like it. I'm used to my LG screen that I had for almost 2 years that the Samsung feels over saturated (because it is). Neither screen is perfect, but neither are bad. The LG just takes a couple minutes to fix and then I believe it is a superior screen.

paulrbeers
Jun 26, 2013, 07:51 AM
You would have never cared until you saw a Samsung screen. Then you will care. I returned my 2013 air because it had and LG screen and the replacement screen thankfully came with a Samsung screen. IMHO, it's a big difference. Maybe it's because my 2012 Air had a Samsung screen and I am just use to it.

Did you even read my post?!?! I have a 2013 WITH a Samsung display. I don't even like it after having using a Calibrated LG screen for almost 2 years....

So many reviews have been made comparing the two and basically once the LG display is calibrated there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with it. At that point they both have strengths and weaknesses. The Samsung is over saturated. If you like everything looking overly bright (I assume you like your tv's set to factory then), then the Samsung is for you. Me personally, I like more accurate colors.

Reading is fundamental!

ilkevinli
Jun 26, 2013, 07:59 AM
LOL ! Yes I read your post. You know what the say about people that assume ...... When I said you, I didn't mean you specifically. "You" was meant for all persons reading it.


Did you even read my post?!?! I have a 2013 WITH a Samsung display. I don't even like it after having using a Calibrated LG screen for almost 2 years....

So many reviews have been made comparing the two and basically once the LG display is calibrated there is absolutely NOTHING wrong with it. At that point they both have strengths and weaknesses. The Samsung is over saturated. If you like everything looking overly bright (I assume you like your tv's set to factory then), then the Samsung is for you. Me personally, I like more accurate colors.

Reading is fundamental!

wermy
Jun 26, 2013, 07:59 AM
I would have never even known there was a better screen out there (or inversely, I'd have never known my LG screen was inferior somehow) had I not read these forums. The screen looks great to me; viewing angles are nothing to write home about but other than that I have no complaints. And it looks even better after installing the fixed color profile. No complaints here. :)

HiDEF
Jun 26, 2013, 08:08 AM
Hi, I just got my first MacBook and it does indeed have an LG screen. Obviously I wish I got a Samsung one but trying to exchange it would be long and painful. Is there anything positive about the LG screen tho? I already have the corrected profile so it's less bad but still

I've never seen a Samsung display in person but I do have a LG panel with my new MBA; it's not bad. I'm using the Macrumors Color Profile and I'd say the saturation seems better.

cake1
Jun 26, 2013, 08:18 AM
Okay, thanks you guys. I do feel better reading these comments. To be honest, with me being a software developer that screen will be displaying mostly text on white background so I guess it doesn't matter all that much. I will be home soon and we'll finally have time to test the computer.

wermy
Jun 26, 2013, 08:19 AM
Okay, thanks you guys. I do feel better reading these comments. To be honest, with me being a software developer that screen will be displaying mostly text on white background so I guess it doesn't matter all that much. I will be home soon and we'll finally have time to test the computer.

Blasphemy! Light text on black background is the only way to go. ;)

HiDEF
Jun 26, 2013, 08:29 AM
Okay, thanks you guys. I do feel better reading these comments. To be honest, with me being a software developer that screen will be displaying mostly text on white background so I guess it doesn't matter all that much. I will be home soon and we'll finally have time to test the computer.

Cool that we can assit.. Do keep us posted whether you return or stay with it.

mattferg
Jun 26, 2013, 08:39 AM
Hi, I just got my first MacBook and it does indeed have an LG screen. Obviously I wish I got a Samsung one but trying to exchange it would be long and painful. Is there anything positive about the LG screen tho? I already have the corrected profile so it's less bad but still

The LG with the corrected profile is identical in colour to the Samsung, if not slightly better. With the LG it deals with gradients MUCH, MUCH better than the Samsung, and this is something you can't correct. So once the LG panel is colour corrected, it's probably actually the better one to have.

HiDEF
Jun 26, 2013, 08:43 AM
Is there a better color profile than Macrumors icc? Or is it all subjective?

Anyone know?

JMountainDew
Jun 26, 2013, 09:19 AM
Is there a better color profile than Macrumors icc? Or is it all subjective?

Anyone know?

I just downloaded the Macrumors icc and it's a very nice improvement to the original calibration. And yes, I bet it is subjective. I could've tweaked the calibration myself and be just as pleased.

HiDEF
Jun 26, 2013, 09:21 AM
I just downloaded the Macrumors icc and it's a very nice improvement to the original calibration. And yes, I bet it is subjective. I could've tweaked the calibration myself and be just as pleased.

After calibration, do you still feel the need for a Samsung panel?

merkinmuffley
Jun 26, 2013, 09:33 AM
Keep returning them until you get what you want.

yinz
Jun 26, 2013, 09:43 AM
It's connected to a MacBook Air.

cake1
Jun 26, 2013, 09:45 AM
Blasphemy! Light text on black background is the only way to go. ;)

Hahah i do get your point (:
I use a black background with light letters for all my terminal windows. For some reason however I find it easier to relax and think when my dev environment is with a light background (:

JMountainDew
Jun 26, 2013, 09:49 AM
After calibration, do you still feel the need for a Samsung panel?

No, not at all. It looks just fine.

luisito
Jun 26, 2013, 09:51 AM
If you hadn't read the LG v Samsung thread would you be happy with your purchase?

Yep yep.

I've never read about the Samsung vs. LG screen hype and will never do. I am a happy customer with a great machine and a stunning display; threads like this make me wonder if the OP even knows what he is talking about, hehe.

cake1
Jun 26, 2013, 09:58 AM
By the way i can give you my thoughts on my macbook air after having used it for 2 hours.
This is the most non-hot computer i have ever had. I do pretty much everything that i have to do and the temperature that i feel on the outside is pretty much the same as my body temperature.
Another thing the speakers of this thing are quite nice - I didnt expect that at all.
I guess the screen is just fine.
Anyways, if anyone is interested in something that i could check/be helpful with my new machine, do let me know.
I have the i5,8,256

JMountainDew
Jun 26, 2013, 10:11 AM
I have the i5,8,256

Excellent configuration! Same as mine. Enjoy your new mac!

jedolley
Jun 26, 2013, 10:28 AM
I've never owned a MBA until the 2013. I had read the Samsung vs. LG threads in the past but did not think much of it... When I got my MBA I checked for my standard stuff (i.e. damage, dead/stuck pixels, backlight bleed, and general performance) and was satisfied I had not received a dud. I usually do this first and figure anything else will present itself later. I thought the screen was good, not as good as my iMac, but good. I did not even bother to check my screen type until a few days ago. When I discovered that I had a LG screen It did not make my screen instantly worse... I did install the color profile since then and the improvement is noticeable, but not huge. Either way, the screen has looked great since day one on everything I use it for (TV/Movies, games, browsing, and pics).

HiDEF
Jun 26, 2013, 10:44 AM
I've never owned a MBA until the 2013. I had read the Samsung vs. LG threads in the past but did not think much of it... When I got my MBA I checked for my standard stuff (i.e. damage, dead/stuck pixels, backlight bleed, and general performance) and was satisfied I had not received a dud. I usually do this first and figure anything else will present itself later. I thought the screen was good, not as good as my iMac, but good. I did not even bother to check my screen type until a few days ago. When I discovered that I had a LG screen It did not make my screen instantly worse... I did install the color profile since then and the improvement is noticeable, but not huge. Either way, the screen has looked great since day one on everything I use it for (TV/Movies, games, browsing, and pics).

Which configuration did you go with, Base or BTO?

jedolley
Jun 26, 2013, 10:48 AM
Which configuration did you go with, Base or BTO?

BTO: i7/8GB/256GB

HiDEF
Jun 26, 2013, 10:50 AM
^^ Sweet.

impulse462
Jun 26, 2013, 03:31 PM
My 2011 13" air had the LG display; I read the samsung vs. LG threads but I didn't really care enough about it to do anything. My 2013 13" air has a samsung display and I do see a noticeable (but not extreme) difference in screen quality..I prefer samsung displays, but at the end of the day its up to your eyes.

Dookieman
Jun 26, 2013, 03:46 PM
I also have an LG screen in my MBA. Can someone link to the color corrector? I haven't come across it yet.

Thanks!

JMountainDew
Jun 26, 2013, 04:19 PM
I also have an LG screen in my MBA. Can someone link to the color corrector? I haven't come across it yet.

Thanks!

There are a number of links out there. Here is one:

http://osxdaily.com/2011/10/30/how-to-check-for-an-lg-display-in-a-macbook-air-and-make-it-look-better/

Zac10
Jun 26, 2013, 07:20 PM
just curious to know how to find out what brand screen i have?

JMountainDew
Jun 26, 2013, 07:32 PM
just curious to know how to find out what brand screen i have?

The link that I posted above for Dookieman also tells you how to check which brand you have.

plasticsman
Jun 26, 2013, 08:35 PM
I have the LG screen and I prefer the default color setting compared to the mac rumors profile. It looks fine to me I guess :)

Jazwire
Jun 27, 2013, 02:58 AM
Wow, i was kinda bummed about getting the LG, (looks washed out to me) but that profile makes it look amazing. Huge, improvement.

cake1
Jun 27, 2013, 03:26 PM
Guys i really like this computer. This is pretty much like... my first time using a mac. like ... ever. I didnt get to "try" it anywhere.
Surely i read reviews, and I knew that the computer will do everything i need it to do. And I have started a really nice job and i thought that i can just go for it and If i hate osx i can just sell the computer with a little but of a loss and it wouldnt be a big deal.

However I am so impressed with this thing. As a linux user i feel right at home. I still love linux, the software i work on is deployed on linux environments and I still think it is an example of amazing design and engineering at its finest (linux that is). As long as one doesnt have to use a desktop environment. Cause they are all pretty bad i think.

For a laptop, and even a desktop, this osx think is so smooth and polished. I am pleasantly surprised.

JMountainDew
Jun 27, 2013, 03:55 PM
Guys i really like this computer. This is pretty much like... my first time using a mac. like ... ever. I didnt get to "try" it anywhere.
Surely i read reviews, and I knew that the computer will do everything i need it to do. And I have started a really nice job and i thought that i can just go for it and If i hate osx i can just sell the computer with a little but of a loss and it wouldnt be a big deal.

However I am so impressed with this thing. As a linux user i feel right at home. I still love linux, the software i work on is deployed on linux environments and I still think it is an example of amazing design and engineering at its finest (linux that is). As long as one doesnt have to use a desktop environment. Cause they are all pretty bad i think.

For a laptop, and even a desktop, this osx think is so smooth and polished. I am pleasantly surprised.

As a lifelong windows user, I, too, am enjoying osx and the hardware that surrounds it. Your words... smooth and polished... describe it perfectly.

scaredpoet
Jun 27, 2013, 04:13 PM
However I am so impressed with this thing. As a linux user i feel right at home. I still love linux, the software i work on is deployed on linux environments and I still think it is an example of amazing design and engineering at its finest (linux that is). As long as one doesnt have to use a desktop environment. Cause they are all pretty bad i think.

This is exactly what keeps me on OS X. I need a linux/UNIX-y environment for some cor edevelopment and sysadmin work, but I also need to use Desktop GUI apps (office, photo editing), AND I need to share the documents I make from those apps with Windows users who are running Office and other mainstream software. The compatibility of these apps on linux just isn't there... likewise, getting a *nix-type environment working on Microsoft Windows is torture.

So, either I could dual-boot, run VMs, or use a Mac. And a Mac is just the most elegant and seamless of all the options.

Creek0512
Jun 27, 2013, 11:01 PM
Is there a better color profile than Macrumors icc? Or is it all subjective?

Anyone know?

So your asking other people if how your computer screen looks to you is subjective? FYI, your Mac comes with a dictionary.

HiDEF
Jun 27, 2013, 11:41 PM
So your asking other people if how your computer screen looks to you is subjective? FYI, your Mac comes with a dictionary.

Go kick rocks (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=douchebag).

DblEGT
Jun 28, 2013, 07:45 PM
Wow, i was kinda bummed about getting the LG, (looks washed out to me) but that profile makes it look amazing. Huge, improvement.

Agreed, made huge improvement to mine too!! :p:cool::rolleyes:;):D:apple::):):o:rolleyes: