Any other 100 percenters out there?

Eric8199

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I always read about battery testing, etc., and people always estimate battery life with the display running at 50 percent brightness. Other people talk about 80 percent brightness and whatever, and I'm over here going, WHAT?

I've been rocking all my Macs at 100 percent brightness since the old PowerBook G4 days, which was my old work computer and my first real exposure to Apple. Since then I've owned a 2008 unibody MacBook Pro 15", an 11" MacBook Air, a Mid-2012 rMBP 15", a 2015 rMB, a 2016 tMBP 13" and a 2017 tMBP 15", and I rarely, if ever, turn the brightness below 100 percent.

I do design work, photography work and some video stuff, so I guess maybe I want to make sure I can see the detail when I'm working with files. Am I the crazy one, or are there a bunch of us hiding in the shadows ... er ... brightness of our computer screens?
 

phunigai

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Mostly 96% btightness, but every mac screen looks different not sharp no matter how much i calibrate the screens, the best and more consisrant one is the itouch 2010!
Hopefull when i get a new Dell laptop, the screen can be pefrect in every way!
 

kahkityoong

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I do all my processing at 2 bars under 100% because the majority of laptops are less bright than my MacBook Pro. And getting the brightness right at 100% is going to make the images too dark on the majority of viewing devices.
 

leman

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In a normally lit room, when I go 100% I feel like its going to burn my eyes out. I do occasionally use full brightness if I am outdoors, working at a cafe or something similar. The problem is that with max brightness, battery life plummets...
 

Nathan King

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I do design work, photography work and some video stuff, so I guess maybe I want to make sure I can see the detail when I'm working with files. Am I the crazy one, or are there a bunch of us hiding in the shadows ... er ... brightness of our computer screens?
Have you printed photos you have edited? Do they print quite dark? I’ve never seen a screen that calibrated properly at full brightness.
 

Eric8199

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Have you printed photos you have edited? Do they print quite dark? I’ve never seen a screen that calibrated properly at full brightness.
I work for a newspaper so yeah, my stuff is printed all the time. No issues when it comes to printing and newspapers print dark.
 

puma1552

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I am part of the 100% brightness club, most of the time...I paid for that brightness, may as well enjoy it.
 
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BigMcGuire

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I read in the dark a lot so my brightness is near 0% on a lot of my devices. My MBP hurts at 100% but again, I'm in a dark room. During work days, my MBP sits next to my work laptop at 80%.

But I can see if my job depended on identifying colors I'd want it brighter. But I'm a programmer. So my Visual Studio is dark themed, everything dark if I can. lol.
 

filmbuff

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I like a bright screen so I usually run 100% when plugged in in a bright room. If I'm trying to save battery or in a dimly lit room I will go 3 clicks down. However, in a really dark room or on a plane once my eyes are adjusted I will go to minimum brightness and sometimes that feels like too much.
 

Eric8199

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I guess I could clarify I’m generally in really bright rooms. If I’m in a dark room I do go a couple clicks down, and if it’s night I’ll go way down. I prefer bright rooms though. Have hue lights throughout. Y house so I can dim the, if I want, but I’m always at 100 percent or off.
 

iPhonagain

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I usually go for 100% unless I'm on at night, then I take it down to about 75%, love a nice bright screen.