Early 2011 vs Late 2011 15" Macbook Pros

Omek

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I recently received a refurb i7 2.2 Ghz 15" Macbook Pro with 1GB AMD graphics, and one of my family members just got the more recent 2011 i7 2.4Ghz 15" Macbook Pro.

The display on the newer MBP seems to have a greater viewing angle, whereas mine tends to fade out when you look at it from the sides or bottom or top. Is this normal? Is Apple using a better IPS screen in the newer MBPs? I guess I thought they used the same panel. It's not a huge deal, since I'm using an external display, but I would still like to know if there's a difference or not.
 
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Omek

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Ah, well that sucks. Thanks for the response though. I thought it didn't look like an IPS to me at all. :-(

Well, on a better note, I have it hooked up to a 30" Apple Cinema Display, so I guess I can't complain. I just thought they started using IPSs in MBPs, especially since the iMacs use them and they are in much larger dimensions. So they can make an IPS for iPads but not their pro laptop line? That seems so backwards.
 

wrinkster22

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Not necessarily.

There are at least two manufacturers of panels for the MBP, it just depends on luck (or not) which one you get.
Exactly.
The Macbook Air's have two different displays. A samsung and an LG. People with LG all complain and return them until they get a Samsung.
What do I do? I just dont bother checking as mine seems fine.
Its the Placebo affect!
 

Omek

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So is the viewing angle any better with a Samsung vs a LG? You're still not getting an IPS though, right?

Update:
Well, I just ran this in terminal:
ioreg -lw0 | grep IODisplayEDID | sed "/[^<]*</s///" | xxd -p -r | strings -6

and found out that it is the samsung (LTN154BT08), which I see most people say is the bad one. Everyone has traded theirs in until they got an LG.
 
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SpazzyMac

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well I got the same screen as yours on my MBP I must admit that the main colors feels a bit yellowy on Lion/SL but in bootcamp it looks alot cooler (bluey) but in a good way.
 

Omek

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Ya, I'm not sure if it's even worth it to keep trading it in, especially since the rest of it is in such great condition.
 
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well I got the same screen as yours on my MBP I must admit that the main colors feels a bit yellowy on Lion/SL but in bootcamp it looks alot cooler (bluey) but in a good way.
You can select different colour profiles and calibrate the display via System Preferences > Displays > Color.
 
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