Display of 2012 13.3" Macbook Air: Samsung, AUO, or LG?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by macbook123, Jul 7, 2012.

  1. macbook123, Jul 7, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 8, 2012

    macbook123 macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
    I stopped by the local Apple store today curious to see if I agree with the subjective differences people are reporting between the Samsung, AUO, and LG screens. They had ten 13.3" Macbook Air's on display in various sections of the store. I did the Terminal command all of them and to my great surprise it turned out that each single one of them had an LTH display, which as I understand means they're Samsung. So I couldn't really compare to any of the other monitors.

    What surprises me about this is that it seems that people in these forums are getting a fair number of each of the panels, with LG panels maybe slightly outnumbering Samsung numbers and AUO numbers being lowest.

    So I decided to start this poll to find out what the true fractions of different display models are. This will answer two questions for me:

    1) How likely it is for me to "draw" a Samsung display if I purchase one myself, and

    2) How likely it is that the models on display in the Apple store are a random draw, given that 10/10 were LTH models.

    I'd also be curious if, in addition to indicating their model in the poll, people could comment on their experience with Apple store display models, i.e. what fraction of different models they've seen there. Thanks.
  2. MacBird macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2010
    I got the Samsung display and SSD. It's 13'' BTO i7/8/256.
  3. Moshe1010 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 27, 2010
    13" i7/8/256 LG Display. With one of the profiles that I've found here, I can't really see any big difference between Samsung and LG displays. Samsung is a little bit more brighter on 100% and that's it in my opinion (maybe people who are involved in graphics should be more concerned about it, but go and get MBP).
  4. Knightimer macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2012
  5. usmaak macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2012
    Base model 13" i5/4/256. Samsung screen and SSD. Very pleased with it.
  6. Jobsian macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2009
    I accidentally voted not realising you have restricted your poll to 13" models, why not just say all 2012 Airs?
  7. macbook123 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
    To reduce complexity. Feel free to start another thread.
  8. tsboy69 macrumors regular

    Aug 17, 2010
    BTO 13" i7 / 256 / 8
    with LG display.

    I have loved my machine since I opened the box. My first Mac.
  9. Jobsian macrumors 6502a


    Jul 30, 2009
    Ok cool, just bear in mind that at least one of the 2 AUO votes is an 11" (mine). I wonder if the other AUO is an 11"er too, (haven't heard of a 13" model AUO yet).
  10. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    Samsung on my 13" MBA ultimate...Very happy with it, and judging by most post's here, Samsung seem to have supplied the majority of 13" panels for the MBA 13"
  11. KasperH macrumors regular


    May 26, 2011
    BTO 13" i7 /8GB /256

    LG panel.

    Absolutely love it, came from a Hi-res 2010 MBP 15" and previously sent back 5 iMac's with yellow tint, so i'm usually kind'a picky with these things. I can't find anything wrong or bad about the LG display on mine. max contrast is too much for my taste anyway, maybe that's why i'm not bothered with it. Text looks nice and crisp too.
  12. bananafranco macrumors member


    Dec 21, 2008
  13. rye1205 macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2012
    13" i5 - 8GB - 128GB - LG Panel

    I'm still very pleased with it.
  14. MacBird macrumors 6502a

    Apr 1, 2010
    Have you tried to use calibration hardware with those iMacs? The standard profile tends to be too warm. Even with the MBA 2012 with Samsung display, calibrating made quite a difference in my case. I would not be surprised if it were hard to see differences between Samsung and LG if both were properly calibrated. Since there are variations, it does not make too much sense to me to blame Apple for a standard profile that cannot fully match all displays.

    Don't take it personally, but it really surprises me that many people spend $3k and then don't take advantage of the full potential of the thing the stare at all day, aka monitor. :)

    In the case of the MBA, if Apple does not do so already, they could just use different profiles for different manufacturers.
  15. macbook123 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
    OK this is interesting: assuming the stats from this poll are converged, 45% of panels produced are Samsung panels. If I'm doing the quick combinatorics right, this means that the likelihood that my local Apple store *randomly* picked 10 Samsung displays is 0.00034, i.e. such a thing would happen in 3.4 out of ten thousand stores. This would then suggest that they didn't randomly pick the display models. Please somebody check my numbers.
  16. 3bs macrumors 603


    May 20, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    Me too. I have a 11" ultimate. You probably should have included 13" in your title
  17. TinyBFK macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2012
    13"/256/4 I got an LG panel but Samsung SSD. I picked mine up at BestBuy.
  18. Blackened Apple macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2012
    Your numbers are fine, they are most certainly hand-selecting the products they have displayed.
  19. macbook123 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Feb 11, 2006
    So what does this mean? That Apple is aware that the Samsung displays look best?
  20. spank13 macrumors newbie

    Dec 22, 2011
    Suisun City, California
    BTO i5/8/128

    Got the LG and love it...but this is my first Apple computer so I have no point of comparison.
  21. TinyBFK macrumors member

    Jun 2, 2012
    Does the Samsung LCD get brighter than the LG? My LG is decently bright on full brightness but not as bright as I've read some people making it out to be. I need it almost at full brightness to be comfortable...
  22. mpaquette macrumors regular

    Jul 15, 2010
    Columbia, SC
  23. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    actually the samsung is even darker
  24. Blackened Apple macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2012
    Not necessarily, they could just be aiming for uniformity among the various laptops you see in the store. I've read reports of stores that had only LGs.
  25. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    If anyone lives close to an Apple store it would be interesting to see what they're doing with Air displays at other locations, I'm going to check next time I'm in an Apple store.

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