Do you guys set your screen brightness to max?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Laughingman13, Jun 2, 2010.

  1. Laughingman13 macrumors member

    May 30, 2010
    I find it you have to or it will be too dark.
  2. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
    If the circumstance and the environment requires it yes, otherwise I can also work with the lowest setting, but mostly I use the second third to first half.
  3. Ronnoco macrumors 68030


    Oct 16, 2007
    United States of America
    Usually in the daytime here in sunny San Diego, I use it on or near full brightness (maybe 2 clicks below full)...
    After sundown however, it is simply far too bright to use past about 2/3rd's brightness...usually at night I use it about half brightness or less...
    LOVE this Samsung panel...the colors, contrast and black level are brilliant...:apple:
  4. cyclical macrumors regular

    Apr 22, 2010
  5. doktordoris macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2009
    Mine is normally on 10 out of the sixteen options, I only use all 16 when I am watching a dark movie.

    Full brightness in my drawing room is like looking at a tanning lamp.

    Having said that I let the mac mess about with the brightness when it wants to, so it might use the full setting in a bright room without me noticing.
  6. parish macrumors 65816


    Apr 14, 2009
    Wilts., UK
    I have it 3-4 clicks below max, but OS X seems to prefer it at max - every time I plug the power cable in it jumps to max :mad:

    I vaguely recall reading somewhere that this was a known issue that was fixed in 10.6.1 or .2 (I'm running 10.6.3)
  7. Mirabella macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2010
    It varies, depending upon what I'm doing, and depending upon ambient light. Sometimes I set it on maximum brightness, but plenty of the time, I don't. This screen is much brighter than with my previous laptop; with the new one, the brightness at 5-6 steps down from maximum brightness is equivalent to the maximum brightness of my previous MBP.
  8. MattMJB0188 macrumors 68000

    Dec 28, 2009
    When I was outside under the patio umbrella I needed about 85% brightness with the High Res Glossy screen. When working in doors I find 50% to be perfect. Anything above that is too bright. My eyes hurt when its at the highest brightness setting.
  9. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2010
    New Jersey
    I do serious photo work so both my monitors are calibrated for brightness, contrast and color and I just leave it there for everything. The brightness I use is 110 Cd/m2 which is very roughly about 50%
  10. Quicksilver867 macrumors regular

    Jun 25, 2007
    I leave mine on about 3 bars from the bottom at night, and bump it up to maybe 5 during the day indoors. Then maybe up to half powa outside. Even with 3 bars of brightness, I still get ~7 hours of battery :confused:
  11. fehhkk macrumors 6502a


    Jun 11, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Only when i have reflections from behind, and it's a really bright room.
  12. Laughingman13 thread starter macrumors member

    May 30, 2010
    just a quick question. is setting your screen to max brightness bad for your macbook?
  13. spinnerlys Guest


    Sep 7, 2008
    forlod bygningen
  14. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    It uses more power, so if you're on your battery, you run it down more quickly, but otherwise, by and large, no.

    (Anyway, I'm amazed ... full brightness? Every notebook I've seen with a LED backlight is like a solar furnace at full brightness! :eek: ... but I guess I don't use my notebook outside much.)
  15. doktordoris macrumors 6502a


    Mar 14, 2009
    Powa! Hehe.

    It makes me think of "row, row fight the powa!"

    Thanks you made me chortle.

    Incidentally did you know that Lewis Carroll invented the word chortle?
    It is a portmanteau word made by combining chuckle and snort.
  16. Doju macrumors 68000

    Jun 16, 2008
    No, it's not. Your battery life will suffer but it's not bad for the laptop.

    I only find the MacBook Pros usable indoors at near full brightness (70% is lowest I'm actually comfortable at, but I can go lower if battery life is a concern) but I can go quite low at night.

    This is in stark contrast to the iPad, however, which at ~30% brightness is terrific and actually my preference normally (which is great for battery life, another reason).
  17. MacManiac76 macrumors 65816


    Apr 21, 2007
    White Mntns, Arizona
    I always have mine on max on my early '08 White MacBook. I like my colors bright and vibrant :) . I have heard that using the max brightness on the newer LED displays is way too bright, especially in the dark.
  18. Alvi macrumors 65816


    Oct 31, 2008
    No, i want to keep my eyes please :D
    Depends, if It's dark where i am like in bed writing some mails and stuff even one bar is ok, you just need to get used to it and you almost won't feel bothered by the level of it, but If I'm outside in a sunny day it will probably be on the highest level, and i have it on mid at home on a usual day or in my office
  19. iMacmatician macrumors 601

    Jul 20, 2008
    I use one bar in most indoor situations. When watching a movie I turn it up to half or full. Outside I turn it up higher, sometimes half.
  20. kasakka macrumors 68020

    Oct 25, 2008
    Only in very bright sunlight. Otherwise it usually stays at halfway or below.
  21. Laughingman13 thread starter macrumors member

    May 30, 2010
    I use my macbook indoors and how the heck can you see with only the brightness set halfway?
  22. BlackZ macrumors member


    Mar 29, 2009
    I use full brightness when on power.

    I love a very bright screen
  23. NT1440 macrumors G5


    May 18, 2008
  24. The Final Cut macrumors 6502

    Sep 5, 2009
    I used to max it out but since they have been getting brighter over the years I find now that i have it on 50-60% daily use 75% for movies/video. 80%+ only for outdoor use.
  25. DoorMouse macrumors member

    Jan 12, 2010
    I use full brightness most of the time, i find the lower settings too dark- and the darker the screen goes, the more you can see your reflection in it- so i tend to avoid that!

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