Already adjusting colour profile on two day old MBP

applegeek25

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I've read a few posts on here regarding the yellow tint/uneven backlight issues, but I couldn't quite figure out if my display fits into either category.

I just received a new 2017 13 inch MBP BTO w/ TB (3.1GHz i5, 16 GB RAM, etc) on Friday and after a few minutes, I noticed that the display seemed to go from a decent blueish white at the top/mid left to a warm yellowish tone at the bottom right. It literally made Google's homepage appear to have a grayish background.

I've had 5+ MBPs (all 15-inch models) and I don't recall ever having to adjust the default "Color LCD" profile. I basically had to calibrate the display and adjusted the "target white point" to 8000 from the 6500 (D65) "native white point" setting. I'm wondering if this was the best value to set it at - the display looks blueish, but at least it's not yellow - and it's also uniform now. I've verified that I do have the A033 panel.

Has anyone else been forced to change the target white point after just receiving their machine?
 

winterny

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I calibrate my screen using an i1 Display Pro as soon as I get any new screen:
https://www.amazon.com/X-Rite-i1Display-Pro-Display-Calibration/dp/B0055MBQOW/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1499688687&sr=8-1&keywords=i1display+pro

Most screens come calibrated from the factory much more blue than 'accurate'. D6500 is "reference" (though just because the color profile think sit is D6500 doesn't mean it actually is).

My 2017 15" MBP was much closer to accurate from the factory than any other screen I've bought, so I suspect that the reason you think it "looks yellow" is because you are used to years of really inaccurate screens. If you want it to actually be accurate, you need a colorimeter to calibrate.
 

jerryk

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I always calibrate my screen when I get a system. I use an Xrite colorimeter.

Also recablibrate on a quarterly basis since screen drift over time.
 

ryannel2003

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On my retina MacBooks I've never had to calibrate the screen much as they were pretty decent out of the box for me. On my current Pro I did calibrate the screen using OS X's calibration tool but the screen color was too blue/grey for my liking so I switched back to the stock configuration.
 

applegeek25

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On my retina MacBooks I've never had to calibrate the screen much as they were pretty decent out of the box for me. On my current Pro I did calibrate the screen using OS X's calibration tool but the screen color was too blue/grey for my liking so I switched back to the stock configuration.
Yeah i took off the cheap matte screen protector that I had on it and switched back to the stock configuration. It seems to be a bit better now. I wonder if the whole "wait a few days for the glue to dry" theory is somewhat true or if it's just our eyes getting used to the display after several days of usage.
 

ryannel2003

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For me it's most likely my eyes getting used to the display. I honestly don't even notice the yellow tint now unless I switch to the other profile.
 

winterny

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On my retina MacBooks I've never had to calibrate the screen much as they were pretty decent out of the box for me. On my current Pro I did calibrate the screen using OS X's calibration tool but the screen color was too blue/grey for my liking so I switched back to the stock configuration.
IMHO the self calibration tool is a complete waste of time and should be removed, I don't think it's possible to actually get an actual improvement in accuracy without a meter.
 

ryannel2003

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IMHO the self calibration tool is a complete waste of time and should be removed, I don't think it's possible to actually get an actual improvement in accuracy without a meter.
I'm not doing any heavy editing on my MacBook Pro so for me the calibration tool is used more to get the screen to an acceptable color level as I usually prefer bluer calibrations. This is one of the only MacBook's I have owned of many that I prefer the more yellow color tone versus the bluer tones of my previous computers.
 

applegeek25

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Thanks guys for your replies. I actually decided to exchange it for the 15" base model. I was starting to get these terrible headaches due to eye strain. I've always used a 15" display paired with at least a 24" external monitor, so I definitely wasn't used to staring at a smaller display for long periods. I guess the headaches were a result of that.

On a positive note, the 15" unit that I received is perfect as far as brightness uniformity and no yellow tint (A031 panel btw).
 
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nabeel24

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Thanks guys for your replies. I actually decided to exchange it for the 15" base model. I was starting to get these terrible headaches due to eye strain. I've always used a 15" display paired with at least a 24" external monitor, so I definitely wasn't used to staring at a smaller display for long periods. I guess the headaches were a result of that.

On a positive note, the 15" unit that I received is perfect as far as brightness uniformity and no yellow tint (A031 panel btw).
How do you find which panel you have btw?