Macbook Pro 15" Panel Lottery

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by NicktheNorse, May 10, 2010.

  1. macrumors member

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    So after following a similar thread about a year ago for my 13" MPB, I thought I'd start a similar one to get a feel of the type of panels Apple are putting in the 15" 2010 MPBs.

    My i5 15" delivered today has a:

    HR Anti-Glare
    9CBB
    LP154WE3-TLB1
    LG-Philips

    This appears to be the first mention of a 9CBB panel so far on the forums. Only has the "yellow-tint issue" in so far as I would expect a TN panel to have (with limited vertical viewing angle), ie, not really a problem for me.

    If you are wondering how to check the panel you can do two things:

    1. System Preferences > Displays > Color > Color LCD > Open Profile > Line 17 (under "Model")

    2. Issue the following command at a terminal:
    ioreg -lw0 | grep IODisplayEDID | sed "/[^<]*</s///" | xxd -p -r | strings -6

    Edit:

    So thus far we have:

    High Resolution:

    9CB7
    LTN154MT07
    Samsung
    Anti-Glare

    9CB6
    LTN154MT07
    Samsung
    Glossy

    9CBB
    LP154WE3-TLB1
    LG-Philips
    Anti-Glare

    9CBA
    Glossy?


    Standard Resolution:

    9CA4
    LTN154BT08
    Samsung

    9CA3
    LP154WP4-TLA1
    LG-Phillips

    Edit: So I said mine didn't have a yellow tint issue. However, after letting the screen warm-up a bit and then using it in a slightly darkened room (ie, at night) it definitely suffers from a hue change towards the bottom 1/3 of the screen.
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    9CB6
    dont know who makes it.
     
  3. macrumors member

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    00009CB7
    LTN154MT07

    not the best lcd, but ok. can't really get a mac with a better one..
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    if all mine says is 9CB6. I don't see a "LTNxxxxxx number. How do i tell who the manufacture is and how good of a panel it is compared to you who have listed? Are they all really so different?
     
  5. macrumors 6502a

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    I have a new 17" and had access to another new 17" and a new 15". All are glossy.

    The 17" screen I have is very fine, and better than the other 17" which had a clear magenta cast. It is also far preferable to the 15" (hi-res) which had a strong blue tint at lower right and uneven lighting from left to right (brighter on the left). My own 17" is undoubtedly the best of the three, with nice even lighting.

    Also, my 17" uses a Matsushita disc drive and it operates MUCH more quietly than the drive in the other two (LG) which are particularly loud in operation.

    I've noticed no difference between the standard (5400) 17" HD's, with the Hitachi in mine being equally as silent as the Seagate in the other 17". However, I did detect a fair amount of operating sounds from the 15" that uses a WD drive.

    I'm delighted with my 17", but would be somewhat less happy with the others I've laid hands on. There is a clear difference between them.

    My screen is listed as a 9CCD.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors member

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    Have a look at point number 2 in my OP.
     
  7. macrumors newbie

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    iMac 27" i7 and MacBook Pro 15,4" i7... almost the same number..

    Display models;

    iMac 27" i7 (2560x1440) - Model: "9CB5"
    MacBook Pro 15" i7 (1680x1050) - Model: "9CB6" (LTN154MT07)

    But how do I find the manufacturer? I think these models seems like Apple's internal product serial numbers.. Or do you think its actually the exact same manufacturer and the next model they released in their stock? Hmm..
     
  8. thread starter macrumors member

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    Just google the panel model.

    LTN154MT07 is a Samsung panel.
     
  9. macrumors member

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    And which one is better? Samsung, LG or something else?
    Is the manufacturer related with the "yellow tint" issue?
     
  10. macrumors newbie

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    I have the LP154WE3-TLB1 panel with 9CBB listed as the model.

    I'm not very happy with this screen, the vertical viewing angle is terrible, with large colour shifts as you rotate the screen. I also get a bright fringe at the bottom of the screen when the machine heats up.

    Try viewing the following test images and rotating the screen vertically.

    http://www.lagom.nl/lcd-test/viewing_angle.php

    On my screen the colours change in hue quite dramatically.

    In fact, I get such strong white->purple shifts that a white screen causes the laptop keyboard to be lit bright purple.

    I have the 15" HR AG.
     
  11. macrumors 68040

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    Mine has a 9CA3, and its good.
    A slight hint of blue, I've tried to calibrated it a few times, but it always ends a bit bluer than my Eizo, it's looking great tho, but a bit over saturated.
     
  12. thread starter macrumors member

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    No idea really. Just trying to get a feel for what is out there.

    Edit: Can you guys post what screen you've got? IE, HR Anti-glare, glossy, etc.
     
  13. macrumors Penryn

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    This thread is pretty pointless if you don't post what type of screen you ordered (i.e. standard or high resolution). Doesn't matter if it's matte or glossy, because the LCD panel itself isn't affected by the screen surface.
     
  14. thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm assuming yours is a standard resolution screen?
     
  15. macrumors regular

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    9CBA (HiRes glossy) here. My screen is great...no complaints really.
     
  16. macrumors 6502a

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    HR Anti-Glare
    9CBB
    LP154WE3-TLB1
    LG-Philips

    not particularly impressed :-s poor vertical viewing angles - seems worse than the samsung that Anatech tested

    The brightness is not great either - just about enough in office setting, but only just (full brightness, no autodim)
     
  17. macrumors 68040

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    15" Hi-res antiglare

    9CB7
    LTN154MT07 -Samsung (same one as Anandtech reviewed)

    Screen is beautiful. Don't notice a yellow tint at all. Very minor color shifts at extremely wide viewing angles, but that's to be expected.
     
  18. macrumors 6502

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    Same here. Best screen I've ever had on a notebook.
     
  19. macrumors regular

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    9CA4, standard res, very good quality! I'm usually very picky about displays (my previous MB Rev E was awful). This 9CA4 is a good one finally.
     
  20. macrumors member

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    9CB6 for me aswell. High-Res glossy. Beautiful screen - haven't noticed any sign of a tint or anything. Love it!
     
  21. macrumors 6502

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    I am familiar with panel lotteries, but I don't think this thread should be titled 'panel lottery' until it is determined that problems can be isolated to specific part numbers.
     
  22. macrumors newbie

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    9CB6 for me as well in a HR glossy. Kickass screen, totally wipes my old Dell XPS LED.
     
  23. macrumors regular

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    using a 9CA4.. everything looks ok, screens a tad warm but rectified after manual calibration..:)
     
  24. macrumors member

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    9CB7 (HR, Matte). No colour problems, dead or stuck pixels. Beautiful from straight on, viewing angles not bad for an STN display.
     
  25. Jof
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    HR, AG
    9CB7
    LTN154MT07
    Samsung

    Yellow tint: no
    Dead Pixels: no
    Backlight bleed: normal for a MBP (i.e. not great)
    Viewing angle: normal for a MBP (i.e. not great)
    General remarks: over-saturated - impossible to remove slight magenta tint with calibration (unlike my 5,1 with a 9C85)... but most of the new MBPs regardless of screen seem to have this, IMO. It is, however, an extremely vivid and powerful screen. Except the magenta hugh it's probably the 1st or 2nd best laptop screen I've had.
     

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