is it the LG screen or am I just used to retina?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by newdeal, Aug 3, 2013.

  1. macrumors 68000

    Oct 21, 2009
    I just got a 2013 air, sold a 15" retina that I had for around 3 weeks. The air has a LG display, not sure if I am spoiled by the retina or if the LG just really sucks because I have had many airs and pros in the past and never felt the display was bad but this screen on this air seems terrible especially with text. Do you think its the LG display or are my standards just higher now? I am considering returning this and trying again for a samsung. Another thing I notice is that even after calibration the whites seem so yellow and the colours and blacks are dont stand out from the whites
  2. macrumors regular

    Apr 3, 2011
    Yes, it is awful. Like you I am coming from the retina, which is the best there is for text and vector stuff.

    Now using MBA 2013. The screen quality on the Air and viewing angles are no different than on a $400 Acer notebook.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2012
    me too, coming from a retina as well after a year!!

    thankful i am connected to a thunderbolt display 90% of the time so i never really have to look at this screen

    retina MBA would be perfect!!! but i think we are a few years from that, maybe never... come on apple!!!!!
  4. AXs
    macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    May I ask, If you're 'connected' 90% of the time, why did you get an Air?
    It negates all the advantages an Air has over the the 13" pros - portability and batter life.

    Just curious. I always enjoy adding new perspectives.
  5. macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2012
    The MacBook Air screen is so nasty I have seen better screens on KIRFS.
  6. macrumors 6502

    Jun 17, 2012
    for work and travels, every year i travel at least about a month of total time and i need a laptop with me, its just easier to carry around compare to a 15" RMBP, the 15RMBP is a beautiful machine, if i never use it outside of home, it would be my machine for sure.

    oh and also i dont carry any bags with me, my laptop is in a sleeve and thats how i carry it when outside of home, so the Air is much more reasonable.

    another reason was Air is just better performance, $1500 gets me haswell, 8GB, and a super ridiculous SSD

    Pro for $1000 ivy bridge, another $200-$300 to update Ram and SSD

    so for a little extra money i get everything i need while still under warranty
  7. macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2009
    the other side of that coin is why pay $400 more for a hgh-res screen he'll only use 10% of the time?
  8. macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2012
    Get the Samsung. I have it and it looks great. Unless your face unless than a foot from the screen you will not notice the pixels.
  9. macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2013
    lol, just retina is more of marketing trick of Apple than rather than real quality on 13 inch panel, install windows 8 for example and u wont tell difference, OSX somehow stresses difference by default colours, but after calibration u cant tell much of it
  10. macrumors member

    Jun 26, 2013
    actually what makes rMBP better is IPS screen and MBA is just TN panel :)
  11. macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2011
    If you have an awful screen, it's a Samsung trust me.

    The LG looks gorgeous but whining 15" retinaMBP children lost LG the contract and Samsung are now churning out yellow pissed on screens to their enemy Apple for most MacBooks/air/retinas, if you're lucky enough to get an LG display look after it because if you crack it or it gets marked by your keyboard your replacement won't have that perfect white point, it'll be SamsUng'd "U=Urine, no calibration can take the p i s s from the screen.

    And please photographers don't try and convince us it's more faithful that's balony it isn't it's yellow.
  12. macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2009
  13. macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2013
    I've viewed the two in store and the MBA's screen wasn't as good as the rMBP, but it wasn't that bad. It did look fairly washed out and the colors weren't as vibrant or as deep. The rMBP's and other retina Mac's do have really nice screens in comparison, but it may be up to personal preference. If I'd been using a rMBP for a year, I'd notice it. I use a dual monitor setup all day w/ one IPS (HP ZR2440w) and a TN (20" Dell UltraSharp) and It's fairly annoying to switch in between the two with tasks due to the differences in color quality. It's perfectly understandable that you'd feel this way with a rMBP to MBA switch.
  14. macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2012
    I found that the ones at bestbuy looked washed out. My Samsung has a very nice contrast with vibrant colours.
  15. macrumors 6502

    Jul 3, 2011
    Meh. my Samsung was far too warm out of the box, and required serious color adjustment to get it to even compare to my old 15" Macbook Pro.
  16. macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2013
    I'm unsure about which panel it had. I wish I could see the two (LG and SAMSUNG) side by side for definite comparison. Compared to most laptop screens these days it actually looks rather nice. The glossy coating on Windows laptops just looks streaked and has weird patterns on the screen.

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