Any thoughts on MBA screen vs 13" MBP screen?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by California, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. California macrumors 68040


    Aug 21, 2004
    Guys, is the MBA screen really that much superior to the MBP 13" screen?

    This may be a dumb question but is the MBA screen taller than the 13" MBP?

    (It seems like it is, because the MBA seems more 'square" than the 13" MBP, but this is because I have never really tested out an Air.)

    I am needing glasses and I could not stand the original MB Aluminum Unibody screen.

    I love my 12" Powerbook screen == because it is non glare -- but I need a bigger screen on the go.
  2. TBi macrumors 68030


    Jul 26, 2005
    I thought they were using the same screen ever since the UMB went Pro. Except for the extra glass of course.
  3. macboy4 macrumors regular

    Feb 17, 2009
    The screen is exactly the same dimension and resolution.

    The MBP has a slightly better color gamut, and, in a dark room, looks better.

    The MBA DOES have a glossy screen, but it's not glass so the glare is much better on it.

    I've had both and I prefer the MBP in a controlled environment, but in the real world I'd give the edge to the less "glary" MBA.
  4. Rai Saix macrumors member

    Jan 17, 2009
  5. caonimadebi macrumors regular

    May 7, 2009
    Both models are vastly superior to the venerable 12" Powerbook G4, simply because they're MUCH brighter and more power efficient. Go with either one and you will be happy.
  6. mhnajjar macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2008
    MBA all the way for every day use in doors and out doors.
  7. LAS.mac macrumors 6502

    May 6, 2009
    Maybe are just those I've seen (Best Buy and Apple Store) however my impression is that MBA has a better color range, with whiter white, for instance. MBP are always too on the pink side.
  8. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
    I think a lot depends on the calibrations. Out of the box the MBP needs a bit more tweaking because of the confounded glass cover.

    I want just the opposite. MBA on the MBP.
  9. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
    I agree, those MBP displays are ruined by the glass. I think they can look great in a pitch black room watching a video, but the rest of the time they're pretty much WORTHLESS!
  10. pesc macrumors regular

    Jan 20, 2006
    I agree too. The glossy glass kills the 13" MBP. I don't want it. If they released a matte option I would buy.

    I would buy a 4GB, >160GB SSD Air, but not if it came with a mirror screen.

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