Color on the macbook/new imac

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development' started by NICU420YEM, Feb 19, 2008.

  1. NICU420YEM macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2006
    i have heard from people that the brightness in the new imacs and macbooks with the glossy screen is brighter and not true color...I'm in the market for a new desktop or laptop and was looking for an imac. Then i heard this and wanted to make sure it was true before i bought one. If it is does anyone have any suggestions of what i should get because I am not looking to drop over 2500 for a macpro and need something for myself, a starting web designer that has sufficient power. your help is appreciated thank you very much
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    This is the wrong forum for that topic. There's a MacBook/Pro forum that would be better. A Mod may move it ....
  3. Father Jack macrumors 68020

    Father Jack

    Jan 1, 2007
    It has been mentioned quite a few times before, glossy screens do not accurately show colour, thats why digital imaging professionals prefer non-glossy screens.
  4. NICU420YEM thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jan 18, 2006
    Thanks I was just wondering from a design persons point of view that's why I posted it here
  5. ChrisA macrumors G4

    Jan 5, 2006
    Redondo Beach, California
    "Brightness" is the wrong word. Better ones are "color saturation" or "contrast".

    My opinion now is that the glossy screens work just like glossy paper. If you were to print your artwork on mat paper and then print the exact same file on an ultra-glossy paper the color would "pop" on the gloss paper. But which print is an accurate representation of your file? Hard to say.

    Same with the glossy screens they make color look more saturated and contrasty but is this accurate? Do you even want "accurate", or is "punchy" better? Most people who buy macs now use them as media players and they don't make or create any kind of artwork. For them, most prefer the brighter color to accurate color so this is what Apple sells.
  6. Designer1 macrumors member

    Jan 3, 2008
    I chose the MBP for my primary machine. I am still new to web design but I find that it has more than enough power to use multiple programs in the Adobe Suite (as an example). It all depends on if you are willing to use a laptop.

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