Dim Retina MBP screens

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  1. UBS28 macrumors 6502a

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    All the retina MBP's I tried have very dim screens. On maximum brightness, it's not as bright as my 2010 MBP Anti-Glare MBP.

    Is this a known issue with the new retina screen?
     
  2. dsc888 macrumors 6502

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    I believe Anandtech stated in his review that the screens were about 10% dimmer. That is probably to be expected as the smaller pixels, by nature, let in less light. But in everyday use, it is fine. Yes, I also have a 17" MBP with the Anti-glare screen and I don't need to turn the brightness nearly as high. Currently, I am using my screen at about 55% brightness in my home during the daytime with slight overcast skye.
     
  3. SchuettS macrumors 6502

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    I wouldnt say they are very dim, they are more dim but not enough to call an issue. I dont even use mine at max brightness all that much.
     
  4. neilpryde23 macrumors regular

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    I believe that people have posted pictures of 2 rMBPs on full brightness and one was much dimmer than the other so I think there is some variation depending on the individual screen.
     
  5. tivoboy macrumors 68030

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    samsung brighter

    I think the samsung is brighter than the LG version.
     
  6. austinguy23 macrumors 6502a

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    They're both too dim but the LG is even dimmer than the Samsung.

    I suspect Apple restricts the maximum brightness so that when reviewers review the units, they will report excellent battery life with brightness set to maximum.
     
  7. dsc888 macrumors 6502

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    I doubt Apple would do this. It's the smaller pixels that are at the cause of this. The retina iPad 3 needed 2 light bars instead of 1 on the iPad 2s with the low resolution display to achieve acceptable brightness levels. I have both and the iPad2 is still brighter than the 3 at maximum brightness.

    LCDs work like little shutters on a window. The larger the pixel, the more light gets through. But when you have a higher resolution screen, the pixels are increased and have to be made smaller so less light comes through.
     
  8. HowEver macrumors 6502a

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    The maximum brightness on my 15" rMBP is blinding. In a room with low light, it is especially noticeable.
     
  9. nanolife macrumors 6502

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    Mine as well.
     
  10. KdParker macrumors 601

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    Never noticed a difference. If there is a difference it is very small.
     
  11. tivoboy macrumors 68030

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    difference

    I just got a new rMBP. (this was my third try, first LG had IR and 2nd LG had low brightness)

    this new one, is a samsung, and has pretty much the same brightness as my 2008 matte MBP. I run it about 2-3 clicks from top and top brightness is TOO bright. So, IMHO there IS a difference and it is most likely vendor specific.
     
  12. Haifisch macrumors regular

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    In the evening, under all incandescent lights, I always run mine 2-3 clicks less than half, when surfing sites like MR with white backgrounds.

    During the day, by an open window, I set it at half.

    Samsung screen.
     

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