How bright do you keep your screen?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by shawnmac, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. shawnmac macrumors member

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    Hi Everyone,

    Good news, this is NOT an LG vs Samsung screen thread. Instead, the question is what do you normally set your brightness level too? I know it's a personal preference, but I've worked with both and it seems like anything over 60% or 70% or so really puts a toll on the battery. Even then, it almost becomes TOO bright on the whites when it gets so bright. However, something about the brighter screen gives it a better look in other ways.

    Just curious what everyone else does.
     
  2. astrofaes macrumors member

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    I always have mine set at 100% brightness, regardless of ambient light.
     
  3. Akamatsu macrumors member

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    100%. I'm 52 years old. As we age, our eyes don't let in as much light.
     
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  5. rkheyfets macrumors regular

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    on average 4-6 bars from full otherwise just too bright
     
  6. VMMan macrumors 6502a

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    It depends totally on ambient light. In outdoor use with the bright sun up, 100% brightness. In the dark, maybe 1-2 bars and atnight with a lamp on in the room, maybe 4 bars.

    The easiest way to improve battery life is to type in the dark so long as you can see the keys without the keyboard lighting.
     
  7. Pipper99 macrumors 68000

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    100%. I'm 50 years old. Beyond one or two clicks down is too dim for me.
     
  8. unagimiyagi macrumors 6502a

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    100% 75% of the time.
    66% 15% of the time.
    25% 10% of the time.
     
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  10. scarred macrumors 6502a

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    50% normally... would go up to 75% for movies or games. Too bright hurts my eyes.
     
  11. 3bs macrumors 603

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    I do agree that the brighter it is the better it looks, but it's been so long since I've gone above like 50% that it actually hurts my eyes when I do :p
     
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    operating at 3 ticks for standard web browsing. beneficial for battery life as well as my eyes. if needed i up it to about 50%. anything over that is unnecessary for me
     
  14. vitzr macrumors 68030

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    Daytime in the office, 100%

    Nigh time in a room with low ambient light 50%
     
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    i forced myself to use 1 notch above off for a month. it was obviously to dim but i kept using it that way. after about a month i found i only needed to turn up the brights to about 4 or 5 notches above off. it was more then bright enough and anything beyond 50% was outright ridiculous. i get 8+hours battery life easy and most of the time just web surfing and such i can get 10. (2010 macbook pro)

    i never really like bright steam cleaned like whites anyway. it made my eyes tired and made me sleepy after a few hours of use. they would also randomly water.
     
  17. reputationZed macrumors 65816

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    2 - 3 bars, which is unfortuantley better than my iPhone gets on ATT.

    I also tend to keep the brightness pretty low on my iPad2
     
  18. Apple OC macrumors 68040

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    100% unless I know I need to conserve the Battery ... such as being away from a plug on the road
     
  19. Futhark macrumors 65816

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    Exactly the same here !!!
     
  20. bill-p macrumors 65832

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    From completely off:
    1-3 bars at night
    4-5 bars in a well-lit room
    6-8 at a cafe or while watching a super dark movie
    >9 when outside

    I find that at full blast (16 bars), I can clearly distinguish black, white, and everything else in between on a color scale while directly under sunlight. That's got to be unhealthy.
     
  21. -tWv- macrumors 68000

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    Around 50% most of the time. 100% in direct sunlight
     
  22. SaintsMac macrumors 6502a

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    100% in the day especially at the office.
    50% at night.
    25% when in bed reading.
     

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