iMac 27"5K Brightness

Discussion in 'iMac' started by 59Burst, Oct 28, 2016.

  1. 59Burst macrumors member


    Jul 14, 2014
    I was comparing the specs of the iMac 27" 5K and the new MBP 15" and noticed the screen brightness on the MBP was 500 NITS compared to 350 NITS on the iMac. That's a pretty big difference especially since big screen TVs can get as high as 1000 NITS. So my question to iMac 27" 5K owners: are you satisfied with the brightness level on the iMac? I know too much brightness can be harsh at close viewing distance but I'm now wondering if the iMac may be a bit on the dim side compared to the new MBP. Your thoughts are appreciated.
  2. macmee Suspended


    Dec 13, 2008
    I never use my imac on full brightness because I get dizzy as it's so bright to begin with

    so yeah, I don't see the point in 500NITS tbh
  3. samcraig macrumors P6

    Jun 22, 2009
    I think brighter screens on a laptop (mobile device) makes more sense given that they are used in a variety of environments.
  4. Kudos6612 Suspended

    Aug 10, 2016
    Guarantee the next iMac will get the brighter screen it's definitely a negative on the 5k iMac I own.
  5. ericgtr12 macrumors 65816


    Mar 19, 2015
    Really? From my perspective it's absolutely beautiful at even 3/4, I can't see any need to go much brighter than that as it is.
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    My eyes would melt if I put my iMac on full brightness, I definitely keep the brightness level below 50%

    I would recommend to the OP that he check them out in person to see how great the displays are
  7. ericgtr12 macrumors 65816


    Mar 19, 2015
    ^ Seconded. I had no idea until I saw it, by far the most crispy detailed resolution I've ever seen.
  8. Kudos6612 Suspended

    Aug 10, 2016
    When the lg 5k comes out you can compare it to the iMac.nsame 500 nits
  9. johnnyturbouk, Nov 19, 2016
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2016

    johnnyturbouk macrumors 68000


    Feb 9, 2011
    on the yellow [oled] brick road to tech nirvana.
    Wow, I mainly use it on max brightness and it still is not as bright as my ipad, I could no use it at 50% brightness, way too dark for me. 70-90% depending on the ambient lighting conditions.

    Either way, it's a gorgeous display and makes my dell 27" monitor that cost me £800 in 2012 look feeble in comparison. I use Magic Window 4k live wallpapers as the comparator; the iMac 5k runs circles around my dell monitor in every way. Really disappointed that apple are all but out of the display manufacturing business, and the LG ultrafine 5k is not officially supported by the late 5k iMac; apple support were quite cryptic when I asked if they will provide a workaround for the 5k imac 2015 ie ,two thunderbolts to usbC lie the dell, or will it remain limited for the rMBPs and the upcoming 2017 iMacs refresh. I think the agent felt like I was snooping surreptitiously for info about upcoming apple products, a mortal sin!
  10. Georgio macrumors 6502


    Apr 30, 2008
    Essex, UK
    My iMac is never on more than three bars of brightness, any more and it sears my retinas. Talking about the brightness extremes is pointless unless you routinely use your iMac outside in full daylight...

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