Did apple improve the screen on the 13"mbp? or is it same as the old 13" uni-mb

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by fameadvance, Aug 3, 2009.

  1. fameadvance macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2008
    I just sold my MacBook Air and im looking to buy the new MacBook Pro 13" but have a question about the screen brightness and quality.

    Back when it was called the unibody Mac Book 13" i read a review (walt mossberg i think) that stated the quality of the screen wasnt on the same level as the air of 15"mbp. This has put me off, does anybody know if when apple rename the 13" in June did they improve the screen?
  2. Scottsdale macrumors 601


    Sep 19, 2008
  3. uiop. macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2008
    Grand Rapids, MI
    I've used both the machines before, and the screen on the MBP is MUCH improved over the horrid one on the uMB.
  4. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Based on the threads about it on MacRumors, Apple looks like they starting putting in the new screens a month or two before they announced it (when the uMB was relaunched at the MBP).
  5. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040


    Sep 28, 2008
    The updated UMB screens still aren't quite as good as what they put in the UMBP models.
  6. fameadvance thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2008

    Oh fab, thanks guys thats excatly what i wanted to hear.

    Now should i get the 2.26GHz or 2.53GHz? Is there a huge difference in speed between the 2?
  7. 11800506 macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2007
    Washington D.C. Area
    For normal usage (word processing, internet usage) you won't notice any difference. I suggest saving the money and buying the 2.26 model
  8. mac jones macrumors 68040

    Apr 6, 2006
    The color depth is like nothing i've ever seen.

    Not sure what to make of it. It's a bit tricky to calibrate but i've only had it a week.
  9. uiop. macrumors 68020


    Jul 22, 2008
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Go big. Its never a bad idea having more power.
  10. moral-hazard macrumors regular

    Jul 27, 2009
    Palo Alto, CA
    The difference between these two uMB 13's is there but not huge. They actually don't get significantly different scores in Xbench from what I've seen. I asked a friend to run Xbench on his 2.53 machine and I ran it on mine (both with no disk test, to make it clearer) . The 2.53 got a 197. My 2.26 scored 192 the first time, 196.9 the second time around. I don't think you will notice a difference in real-world performance between the two.

    Save the $300, buy the 2.26. If you want speed, use the $300 you save on a fast hard drive (or SSD) and 4GB RAM. You will blow the 2.53 out of the water with those upgrades (you may not even need the RAM), and will actually notice a difference in everyday performance.

    As for the screen, it's beautiful. Nicest LCD I have ever owned - and yes it is noticably nicer than the plain uMB.
  11. fameadvance thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2008
    does it slowdown when hot?

    Think i'll go for the cheaper 2.26Ghz version. Dont really need the extra power for simple blogging and surfing do i?

    Just hope it doesnt get too hot like my Macbook Air used to. It would get so hot if you watched you tube and eventually it would slow down to unworkable. Anybody experienced similar issues on the uni-MBP 13"?
  12. BaronvdB macrumors 6502


    Oct 22, 2007
    i also sold my air and bought the 13" mbp...the mbp screen is on par with my mba and it doesn't have the horrible heating issue i had with the air.
  13. jhewes macrumors newbie

    Mar 1, 2008
    Based on pricing online at the Apple store, you can get the 2.26 GHz model and upgrade to 4 GB Ram and the 128 GB SSD (from Apple) for $1,699.

    If you get the 2.53 GHz model (which already comes with 4 GB RAM) and upgrade to the 128 GB SSD (from Apple) it will cost you $1,849.

    And of course, you can upgrade the RAM and HD from elsewhere and save even more, at the expense of processor speed.

    So the question I leave to those more knowledgeable than I is, which will have the greatest positive impact on performance? Faster HD and more RAM, or the slightly faster processor, or both?
  14. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
    You'll notice no performance difference with just the processor. In CPU heavy tasks you may notice it performs them some seconds faster but that's about it.

    A faster HDD, especially a SSD will be the upgrade that makes the biggest difference. More RAM will only help if you actually run programs that need that much. For most tasks 2GB is plenty.

    When it comes to the displays, I was at a store yesterday looking at the new Macbook Pros. The 13" model's display is a ******** better than the POS that was in the previous revision. Now you don't have to wring your neck trying to find an angle where it shows the picture right. Of course, it's still a 6-bit TN panel so it can't compete with proper (meaning anything with PVA and IPS panels) external displays but for a laptop display it's not bad at all.
  15. fameadvance thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 19, 2008
    powerful enough

    someone on twitter just said

    "Well, the low specced #MacBook Pro 13'' won't be able to render high quality movies, just to take an examble"

    Is that true?
  16. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    Of course it won't. High quality movies (Harry Potter 6, Madagascar 2, etc) are rendered on server farms consisting of thousands of overpowered computers.

  17. Wombert macrumors regular

    Oct 31, 2005
    Munich, Germany
    No, it's nonsense. And I wouldn't trust a person with those spelling skills anyway.
  18. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Firstly, you can't go wrong with the faster machine has it's more future proofed and it will have a better resale value, however people get too fixated on clock frequency when there's so much more involved in the CPU. The system bus, memory speed and clock play a role in how fast the computer runs. at 1Ghz system bus, a lot can be done with this so don't worry about it. These are the fasted machines that Apple has made over the years and their previous machines were no slouches in terms of video and graphics rendering which is what Macs are legendary for.
    If you're tight on a budget just get the lower spec Macbook Pro.

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