iBook screen better than powerbook.

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by Wano, Jan 2, 2005.

  1. Wano macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2002
    I have a 12" Powerbook and when I baught it I compared it to the iBook G4 and that screen seemed to have a better screen, brighter and more contrast. I am now sitting next to my sisters G3 700mhz 12" ibook and her screen is nicer than mine, the colors are a lot richer. Odd, I think at least. Seems the Powerbook should have the better screen considering it's a pro machine and newer.
  2. Littleodie914 macrumors 68000


    Jun 9, 2004
    Rochester, NY
    Yea, that is pretty weird. When I put my iBook next to my teacher's new powerbook (the 12"), his is much more crisp, and the colors seem clearer. Have you calibrated your display? It's in the Display preferences tab, in the Color section. That's most likely the culprit, as I'm pretty sure the powerbooks are "supposed" to have better screens than the iBooks... But I'm no expert!
  3. dlisle20 macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2005
    ibook screen and pbook screen

    That is simply untrue because the 17" powerbook, which i have, i compared with an ibook and the quality is much better on mine!
  4. carlos700 macrumors regular


    Dec 17, 2004
    Omaha, NE
    The 15-inch PowerBook G4 at our Apple Store has a terrible purplish fuzzy hue to it. The 12-inch and 17-inch look much better. The 14-inch iBook's screen is way to bloated. I say it needs at least a SXGA resolution (1280-by-1024) or better yet a SXGA+ (1400-by-1050) :D
  5. dlisle20 macrumors member

    Jan 2, 2005
  6. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    The powerbook have often had better screens than the ibooks, but sometimes they have had the same screen.

    The screens are a bit outdated on both.. My viewsonic makes my powerbooks screen look washed out...
  7. TrenchMouth macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2002
    from my understanding there are a lot of factors that go into the image quality.

    like someone already pointed out, if you have it calibrated differently it may not look as nice. if the one you are viewing is just calibrated better that too might account for it. also, temp can change the quality. if yours was exposed to more sun for a period of time before you put it next to the other one, that can go a long way to messing with things. and lastly, age. they do get more dull as they get older. it sucks, but thats how it works. on the bright side (no pun intended) your eyes cant tell how much better another monitor is so long as they are only looking at yours ;)

    who knows, maybe the next gen will be that much better.
  8. russed macrumors 68000


    Jan 16, 2004
    brilliant contribution. really informative, atleast back your claims up.
  9. maya macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2004
    somewhere between here and there.
    What the..... :confused:

    The 12" iBook and PowerBook USE THE SAME LCD PANEL. It is not cost effective for Apple to buy one low grade and one high grade LCD panel from the same manufacturer just so the iBook screen looks like rubbish since you pay less then to the PowerBook.

    Apple buys these panels in bulk and its the same panel, I have spoken to an Apple Tech in regards to this and it is indeed true.

    Think if you have a defective screen, it would be of added cost for Apple to carry one low and high graded screen.

    It is most likely that either one or both iBook and PowerBook have either been or not been calibrated either at the factory or end user, have you even checked the brightness and contrast setting to see if is the same.

    If Apple took your advise to buy one low and one high grade screen just to justify cost between the two 12" *Books there would be in trouble. :)
  10. paul84043 macrumors newbie

    Dec 26, 2004
    Lehi, Utah
    It does seem odd that there would be that much variation in screen calibration/quality, but I have seen stranger things....
    The screen on my 15" PB is beautiful. Absolutely no complaints, no color cast, very nice detail for the default resolution, as nice as any laptop I have ever seen.
    I have a couple that have the UXGA, or WUXGA display that are sharper, but the tradeoff is a screen that's so huge, I can't see anything on it without a magnifying glass.

    If the displays are the same physical size and resolution, then they are most likely from the same manufacturer or equivalent. Typically cost forces them to only substitute displays for a reason, such as higher resolution, or some kind of other selling point such as Sony's "x-brite" or Toshiba's "Tru-brite". I may have those backwards.
    Usually they will call out differences like that in thier spec or literature and I can't seen anything in the PB stuff that mentions a better screen.

  11. Wano thread starter macrumors 6502

    Oct 23, 2002
    I calibrated my monitor on the 12" powerbook, rev c., now the colors actually seem richer. Thanks! I was just comparing the 12" iBooks and Powerbooks with each other, the 15" and 17" have far better screens imo. It really does make sense for them to use the same screen in the 12" inchers, like mentioned. Could energy effeciency in the iBook possibly power the screen a little bit more, giving the impression that it's brighter? Just a thought.

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