15" LCD Quality

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by Aaon, Aug 6, 2004.

  1. Aaon macrumors 6502

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    Heya folks. I am looking more and more seriously at the 15" Powerbook. I think it would make a nice addition to my computational world, and would serve as a great replacement to my Thinkpad A31. The only thing holding me back (aside from saving up for it... only $800 to go!) is the LCD on the Powerbook. What do you all think of the quality? I know that the LCD on my Thinkpad is top notch, simply stunning for a portable. I have grown used to working on the Thinkpad's 15", 1400x1050 screen. Does the Apple screen compare favorably to the best of the LCDs out there? My nearest Apple Store is 2 hours away in Chicago, so I can't get there very often. Do you think they would have a problem with me walking in and placing my Thinkpad next to the Powerbooks to compare?

    Thanks for the info!

    Aaron
     
  2. mac_gal macrumors member

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    I have the 15" Powerbook and I assure you, it's stunning.

    I don't think they'd mind if you took in your Thinkpad. In my experience, Apple Store employees are friendly. They want you to switch and be happy. :)
     
  3. seamuskrat macrumors 6502a

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    I have a 1.25 ALbook and I have no issues at all with the screen. I bought mine late in the product cycle, so I had no hassles with white spots and such. I have ZERO dead pixels, and I have always been impressed with the quality of Powerbook screens.
    I find my screen is very bright, has an excellent viewing angle, is easy on the eyes, represents colors well, and holds up well. AllI could ask for.

    I doubt they will have an issue. You can also check review sites. CNet has reviews on macs, as does Amazon.com, and others.


     
  4. arrowhead macrumors newbie

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    i think he is more concerned about the resolution of PB screen. and, i see why. for today's standard for the price you pay for a laptop, the resolution of 15 LCD on PB is pretty pathetic in my opinion. for example, sony's new s150 laptop has 13.3 inch LCD at about the same resolution (1280 x 800). PB 15's resolution is only at 1280 x 854.

    i write software, so, would like to be able to see more lines of code in one screen full a lot of times and do so clearly. you may say that i can make the font size smaller, but doing so makes them appear fuzzy.
     
  5. Nspace macrumors regular

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    This was my first gripe about the Powerbook, I actually posted something about this a few minutes ago in another thread.

    I know dell supports some really high resolutions on their laptop screens and as I designer, and looking to get an Apple, knowing that they have a huge niche in the design industry, i was expecting a much higher resolution.

    I am using to working in 1600x1200 all the time so i was quite worried about the resolution.

    On the bright side I have gotten used to it and really like it. In terms of the quality and the picture for it's max resolution of 1280 x 854, it is very good.

    There is always the option to hook it up to an external monitor that supports higher resolutions as well.
     
  6. Aaon thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Decisions Decisions....

    Well, I'm glad to hear that in general people are pleased with the 15" screen. I too am a coder, and the more I can see on one screen without having to squint, the better. I am also concerned about the brightness. I want to be able to use it in a well-lit room without the screen looking "washed-out," if that makes sense. How does the screen look outdoors? Not that I plan to take it outdoors, to be honest, but it is an example of a high-light situation that many screens can't handle with clarity.

    Aaron
     

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