How can people work at 50% screen brightness?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dagdagdag234, Dec 10, 2013.

  1. dagdagdag234 macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2011
    Just curious, was trying to figure out expected battery life of my macbook pro, and most people who comment on what they're getting qualify "I use it at 50% brightness, 30% brightness". Really??

    When I try anything below 3 clicks from the top I can barely read a word (non-retina 2009 macbook pro)

    Do most people use they laptops at such a low brightness?

    Do they struggle to see and just do it for battery's sake or is everyone truly comfortable at this level?

    (On a side note, completely irrelevant, I see a lot of people during the day at coffee shops etc with unplugged MacBooks running on battery, with their keyboards fully backlit -- which to me is the very definition of insanity.)
  2. Beezy253 macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2013
    Tacoma, WA
    I don't get it either.. LOL

    I used my 2009 cMBP on FULL brightness.
    With my Haswell rMBP, I use it at 95%? (only two notches left until 100% Brightness)
  3. And macrumors 6502


    Feb 23, 2009
    92 ft above sea level, UK
    Surely the answer is, it depends on the ambient lighting?

    I usually use my mac laptop on it's lowest brightness setting mostly, but then I can't stand bright lighting and the room lighting is very low.
  4. tymaster50 macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2012
    New Jersey
    that brightness hurts my eyes, are you in the sun all the time? I only use high brightness in super light environments so I don't even notice it
  5. Tears Apart macrumors 6502a

    Tears Apart

    Jun 10, 2009
    Outside Closer
    Agree. Actually at 100% the display is still way dark in my opinion.

    Just compare it to max brightness of an iPhone, the latter is twice as bright!

    I bet the next iterations will have brighter displays.
  6. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    No idea. 1/2 the time, I'd keep it dimmer than the dimmest setting if I could ;)

    Actually, if you look at a screen all day long, too bright isn't good either, as it's like staring at a lightbulb for 8 hours.

    But the keyboard, I keep my keyboard brightness at 100%. It looks so cool :D
  7. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
  8. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    I'm in a meeting right now :)
    And I have my screen brightness set at about 30% very comfortably
    2013 15" rMBP

    My keyboard backlight is off

    I have over 8 hours of battery remaining
    All the Dells around the table are plugged in :D
  9. lagisibuk macrumors 6502

    Jun 25, 2013
    Always Somewhere
  10. seinman macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2011
    You can't simply compare the backlight level between different models, because it can vary a lot. Newer laptops have brighter screens than old ones, and older backlights tend to dim with time (the LEDs less than the old style ones).

    For example, I went from an early 2008 white plastic Macbook to a late 2013 rMBP. I used to leave my screen at 100% all the time, and still occasionally have trouble reading everything in a bright room. Now, I keep my new machine at 50-60% and it is as bright or brighter than the old one at 100%.

    It's entirely possible that for the people who aren't having any trouble using theirs at 50%, it's actually the same brightness as yours at 75%-100%.
  11. willmtaylor macrumors G3


    Oct 31, 2009
    A Natural State

    Dude, what's a "Dell"?
  12. T'hain Esh Kelch macrumors 601

    T'hain Esh Kelch

    Aug 5, 2001
    Weird... I usually work with my 2011 27" iMac on the lowest 'tick', or even on zero ticks.. At *most* I go up to 3 ticks, otherwise my eyes burn. And I have no problem reading anything on my screen, or do simple work in Photoshop.
  13. kazmac macrumors 603


    Mar 24, 2010
    On the silver scream
    every apple product I've used

    is at 50% brightness or less.

    My 2010 iMac is at 50%. I noticed the brightness increase to painful levels with ML.

    My iPhone 5 is at 35-40%. I will occasionally tweak that depending on room lighting, but the iMac stays at 50%.

    In past test runs of MBAs and MBPs, 50% brightness was about all I could stand.

    It depends on the user.
  14. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Unless you're working in direct sunlight, it's very doable. Still, it's a matter of personal preference.
    I can't speak for others, but I'm very comfortable working with 30-50% brightness.
    Screen brightness is a major factor in battery life. Keyboard backlighting is not a major factor.

    There are many factors that impact your battery life. See the BATTERY LIFE FROM A CHARGE section of the following link for details, including tips on how to maximize your battery life.
    The link below should answer most, if not all, of your battery/charging questions. If you haven't already done so, I highly recommend you take the time to read it.
  15. Sicutz macrumors member

    Nov 3, 2013
    on 100% its going to blind me :D

    I use it on 5 points from zero, oder 3 points from zero (working,surfing,email etc)

    For gaming I use it on 100% brightness.
  16. walkie macrumors 6502

    Feb 13, 2010
    I usually use my rMBP on 30-50% brightness and find it comfortable this way, 100% brightness or near hurts my eyes, I only use 100% brightness when playing dark videos.
  17. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
    During the day I usually have mine at 100%, but as the evening and night come in, I can, and usually do, reduce the brightness to around 50% and that's just fine for me.
  18. plainwhitetay macrumors regular

    Dec 28, 2010
    North-east, Indiana
    late 2012 13" rMBP is currently at about half and it's perfect. Just over the past few days actually, I've noticed my eyes hurting and then realize my brightness is all the up. Granted most of the time I'm in low lighting. I think working third shift has made my eyes weaker. :eek:
    I do use it all the way up sometimes though. I just change it depending on the setting and how my eyes feel.
  19. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    People and lighting conditions vary. In many cases (not in sunlight, obviously) I can easily work well under 50%.


    YMMV. Do whatever works for you.
  20. Nabooly macrumors 6502a


    Aug 28, 2007
    I'm always at 100% brightness. From my phone to my computer to my tablet. It's not really about whether I can read, it's just feels more natural to me using my devices at 100%. Of course battery life diminishes but that's really not a problem for me.
  21. Chatran macrumors member

    Jun 29, 2013
    For my 13" haswell rmbp, i set it to 4 notches from 0%. Over 50% its just too bright for me.
  22. trevpimp macrumors regular


    Apr 16, 2009
    Inside A Mac Box
    I can always work on my macbook on the lower settings.

    Just put it to its lowest barely even visible but give it 10 minutes of use and you're already used of it lol

    next thing you know its been weeks on the low setting lol

    (Experienced member)

  23. AppleMacNerd macrumors regular

    Jan 23, 2013
    United Kingdom
    In the house and low lighting set on 1 or 2 bars from bottom.

    If I'm out and about and it's very high light I will put it up a few bars I can't stand having it above 85% its just far TOO bright! :cool:
  24. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I keep mine between 40 and 50% most of the time, in fact anything more is just way too bright - makes my eyes hurt
  25. Quu macrumors 68030


    Apr 2, 2007
    There is a lot of variance. I have an iPhone 5 and iPad Air for comparison and my first rMBP Haswell (15") was very bright, brighter than both of those devices. It had an LG display.

    But the other 3 I received which had Samsung displays were much much dimmer than the iPhone 5 and iPad Air.

    I don't know why but the LG hurt my eyes it was so bright while the Samsungs were too dim that it bothered me how dim they were.

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