14inch ibook screen much softer looking than 12inch!

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by carpet, Jan 19, 2005.

  1. carpet macrumors member

    Jan 13, 2005
    I was playing with a 12inch a 14inch ibook and a 15inch pb today, and what i noticed was strange. The 12inch ibook was much crisper and less "soft" looking than the 14inch ibook. I played with the screen brightness on both of them but the 14inch ibook just wouldnt become more crisp. Also i noticed that you almost have to be looking at the 14inch ibook directly on to get a good picture if you move around your head the viewing angle gets really bad. For example the screen shadows at extreme angles. However the 15inch pb looked awesome! No matter what angle you are viewing it at. Im wondering is there a setting on the ibook to make it more crisp or is that just how the screen is? Also why would the 12inch look so much more crisp? Im wondering if maybe the above florecent lighting was shining more brightly on the 14inch rather than the 12inch giving it the affect of being less bright. :confused:
  2. DanTekGeek macrumors 6502

    Nov 11, 2004
    Denver, CO
    the 12 inch and 14 inch ibooks have the same resolution. 1024 X 768. so, thats 1024 x 768 pixels shoved into 12 diagonal inches, vs the same number of pixels shoved into a larger area. the 12 inch will allways look more clear.
  3. carlos700 macrumors regular


    Dec 17, 2004
    Omaha, NE
    This is the reason why the 14-inch screen is pointless on the iBook G4, it is the same resolution. Apple should just have a 1.2 GHz Combo Drive 12-inch and a 1.33 GHz Combo Drive 12-inch iBook. Sure that would cut into PowerBook G4 sales, but nevertheless a PowerBook G4 in 2005 should be faster than 1.33 GHz.
  4. maya macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2004
    somewhere between here and there.
    Just keep it simple.

    12" iBook with 2 different speeds.

    and NO 12" PowerBook model. Offer the high end features on the top end 12" iBook. :)

    12" iBook (2 models) , 15" and 17" PowerBooks. Looks better. :)

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