Color mismatch btwn touchpad and body of rMBP 2016

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ulfertg, Nov 28, 2016.

  1. ulfertg macrumors newbie


    Jan 18, 2016
    Some of you may think I'm fastidious on this, but since color grading and matching is part of my job (and a neutral, uniform environment makes it easier for me) this is important to me.
    The body of my space gray 15" MBP is reddish while the touchpad is bluish.
    On my 2013 rMBP both are neutral to each other.

    Is this normal or is my device an exception?

    color mismatch mbptb.jpg
  2. tomviolence, Nov 28, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 28, 2016

    tomviolence macrumors member

    Jan 16, 2012
    Same here. Saw this on a friend’s space gray mbp. That’s mostly why I ordered a silver one.
  3. jabingla2810 macrumors 68020

    Oct 15, 2008
    I think it's by design.

    Here is last years Space Grey Macbook.

  4. WhiteWhaleHolyGrail macrumors 6502a


    Nov 14, 2016
    Yep. Definite design aspect. I much prefer the separation of tone personally.
  5. bevsb2 macrumors 68000

    Nov 23, 2012
    I hadn't noticed this on my Space Gray, but when I looked at it in daylight by a window just now I can see a slight difference.
  6. ulfertg thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jan 18, 2016
    I'm having a hard time believing this difference is intended.
    It's not about differences in luminosity due to different refractive indexes when viewed from an angle, like in post #3.
    It's the color tint wich is slightly different, not enough to qualify as intentional imo.
    The body of my MBP looks like it came a little bit too close to the rose-gold anodizing plant ;)
    Btw: the tint of my space gray iPad is exactly between the body and the touchpad of my MBP.

    Well, matching neutral grays is one of the toughest challenges in color matching.

    Regardless of what I wrote a second ago: as this seems to be state of the art with Apples space gray I'll try convince myself it's intended to look like this.
    Should make it easier for me to learn to like it ;)
  7. SoyCapitanSoyCapitan macrumors 601


    Jul 4, 2015
    It's not easy to mix metals and alloys exactly the same way all he time anyway. Even pure metals can differ.
  8. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    They're all like that. Even mine.

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