I Will Be Returning My 2012 13" MBA

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by gregpod9, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. gregpod9 macrumors regular

    Apr 27, 2007
    Last week I received my 13" MBA i5/8GB/256GB SSD/Samsung Screen, and I will be returning it tomorrow, because I feel its no upgrade from my Early 2011 13" Base MBP that I upgraded to 8GB of Memory three months and today to the Samsung 830 256GB SSD. I actually prefer the screen on my MBP over the MBA because it has better colors, better contrast and better brightness.
  2. korbearus10 macrumors member

    Jun 27, 2012
  3. usmaak macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2012
    If you're looking for more accurate colors, MBA isn't the way to go. My Spyder told me that my screen has 65% of RGB. My four year old LG monitor has 98%. The MBP is supposed to be much more accurate. So yea, if you're looking for color accuracy, I guess you'll see it more on the MBP.
  4. JHUFrank macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2010
    You bought an MBA because of it's display quality? Hmmm, I bought mine because its light and extremely portable. I think I would have chosen a 15" MBP myself if I wanted display quality.
  5. wolfpuppies3 macrumors 6502

    Jun 26, 2012
    Virginia, USA
    +1 to JHuFrank

    Screen color accuracy is the least of concerns on my MBAs, size, speed, and weight are why I have two of them. I am a photographer who uses his 15" MBP with a 27" Apple monitor for true color rendition.
  6. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    That seems to be a common opinion around here and limited research from someone who owns neither at this point tells me the MBAir known for color accuracy.
  7. thekev macrumors 604


    Aug 5, 2010
    I question the color accuracy thing at times in any display given some of the inherent limitations in technology in general. Overall the Air addresses a gamut which is more narrow than what would be expected. sRGB was based on something like the reproducible gamut of the average display in 1994. Wiki explains it quite well. Anyway the MBA is somewhat restricted on gamut and its viewing angles aren't so great. This makes it difficult to assess images on screen in a consistent manner. I'd say that it would become frustrating for anyone that has to deal with color reproduction on a consistent basis.
  8. aircanman macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2011
    I have just ordered an 11" MBA, tell me it is not going to be awful to use now!!
  9. jeremyx macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2012
    To be fair, MBP screen is actually quite bad.
  10. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    I think the Air screen is good, especially once calibrated. Its just a different experience from the Pro - less color gamut, more sharpness.
  11. kolz macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2012
    the main point of getting an MBA is for portability, not screen quality. Seriously, who wants an 11" IPS-type monitor anyway? I'll hook it up to my tv thank you very much.
  12. aircanman macrumors 6502

    Feb 2, 2011
    The quality looks great in my Apple store, happy with what I see.
  13. Hirakata macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2011
    Burbank, CA
    Boy, this person should run for public office...

  14. entatlrg macrumors 68040


    Mar 2, 2009
    Waterloo & Georgian Bay, Canada
    If you're happy with reflections, glare and low resolution pixelated fonts and an extra 1.5 pounds in your bag or on your lap, that's cool.

    For me, color accuracy was less important than the features the Air offers.

    To each their own, that's why there's choices, (although sometimes the choices seem limited).
  15. asting macrumors 6502

    Jun 10, 2012
    There are a few different versions in the U.S. You can use the international version on AT&T and a few others, and sprint, and AT&T have phones very comparable to that, but slightly different casing on them. The T-Mobile version has a different processor, because the standard exynos doesn't support HSPA+ (42mb/s modem). The skyrocket and T-mobile version instead uses a qualcomm clocked at 1.5ghz, however benchmarks show they're about as fast as the slower clocked exynos chips. This cpu lets them utilize the fastest network speeds the providers have and you can get real world speeds of 25mb/s or so.
  16. aaronvan Suspended


    Dec 21, 2011
    República Cascadia
    As long as you're happy.
  17. Jb07 macrumors 6502

    Oct 31, 2011
    They sell the S2 in the US, but there are different variations among the carriers. The T-Mobile S2 and Skyrocket are basically the same phone.

    EDIT: I see your question has already been answered.
  18. urkel macrumors 68030

    Nov 3, 2008
    (This isn't an attack on the people I quoted, but it's more about Apple-Defensiveness in general)

    Why is there this acceptance that because the Air is incredibly portable that it's NOT supposed to have accurate color? It's ridiculous. We're CONSUMERS! We're supposed to be nitpicky instead of going around defending flaws as if they're features. If we're all supposed to believe that an ultralight computer CAN'T have color accuracy then why the heck should we be talking so much about a Retina Display Air?

    Just like people say "The best camera is the one you have on you", then "The best display is the one you have on you". So if that $1500 ultralight thin as Air computer that you take on a photo shoot requires a separate monitor just to get ballpark color accuracy then something is wrong.
  19. dcorban, Aug 2, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2012

    dcorban macrumors 6502a


    Oct 29, 2007
    Hey, he made it four days before doing a complete 180 and flip flopping on his opinion. I guess the "awesome Samsung display" on his Air just wasn't awesome enough, even though he "couldn't stand the screen on my MBP anymore".

    I have a strong suspicion that he simply has buyer's remorse and is trying to rationalize it. Posting it in public will help reinforce his rationalization.

    He also managed to score a free Mountain Lion upgrade out of this situation.
  20. kolz, Aug 2, 2012
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2012

    kolz macrumors member

    Jul 9, 2012
    Imo, I don't know because I'm in Apple's ecosystem too long or what, but there will never be one system fits all, ever. Even when let's say the AIR will eventually have an IPS grade quality display, there will be even something better on the market already. The point is, that I want an item that can do the BEST in things I need.

    Once you put a better display on AIR, price will go up, battery will stay less (due to power requirement to light up the display), who knows what other things you need to add to deliver the best experience of just the display to the user. Follow this up: add more battery power in 11"? how? the battery is glued. How about the price? if it went even further why bother buying the AIR?

    It is all come back to why the AIR is there at the first place. AIR is designed to be a portable, day-to-day laptop machine (and now, simple gaming can also do). As long as the screen lit, and i can read, on daylight, outside, I'm good. Capiche?

    And yes, with $1500 ultraportable laptop like AIR you won't get a screen with ballpark accuracy colour. Where does the money goes? perhaps that 1.35kg only weight.
  21. Outrigger macrumors 68000


    Dec 22, 2008

    he'll probably get an iMAC next due to its portability and awesome battery life.
  22. Rocky244 macrumors regular

    Jun 14, 2012
    If you're having difficulty with your iMac's battery life, try only charging it when you run completely out of battery power, and then let it charge completely before using it again.

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