Is the 2018 MacBook Pro's screen less bright?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by DeanLubaki, Jul 21, 2018.

  1. DeanLubaki macrumors 6502


    May 29, 2014
    Toronto | Montréal | Québec
    According to Notebook Check, the 2018's screen is slightly less bright than the 2017...
    Every since I started using mine I could feel the difference. Am I the only one?

    Here's what Notebook Check said
    "Our test model of the MacBook Pro manages an average luminance of little more than 500 nits. This means it meets the advertised value, but our two 2017 test devices (especially the non-Touch Bar MBP 13) were even brighter."
  2. SBruv macrumors 6502a

    Sep 25, 2008
    Mine’s definitely less bright than my 2016. LG in the 2018, Samsung in the 2016. Couldn’t care less, though - it’s still awesome.
  3. loby macrumors 6502a


    Jul 1, 2010
    Probably occurred to get the advertised 10 hours of battery life.....
  4. caspergirl macrumors regular

    May 15, 2010
    how can you figure out what brand is your screen?
  5. bevsb2 macrumors 68000

    Nov 23, 2012
    Compared to my 15" late 2016 model, my 15" 2018 model's screen is slightly warmer, but I can't perceive any real difference in brightness. My guess is that this varies just like anything else with Apple screens.
  6. Brookzy macrumors 601


    May 30, 2010
    Since Apple started using super bright screens they have been messing with how the display chooses its brightness level, so it's hard to compare between generations. The main issue is that peak brightness will not be reached unless sufficiently bright light is shone at the ambient light sensor. Setting to 100% brightness does not necessarily mean peak brightness anymore:

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    And don't forget True Tone...
  7. donawalt macrumors regular


    Sep 10, 2015
    Type this command in the command prompt:
    ioreg -lw0 | grep "EDID" | sed "/[^<]*</s///" | xxd -p -r

    If you see LP, then you got LG panel. If you do not see LP, then you got Samsung.
  8. caspergirl macrumors regular

    May 15, 2010
    i get as a result
    "PT?eP?@?|?@P4 ??Color LCD"
    is this a samsung panel or it doesnt work with the 2017 macbook pros?
  9. macintoshmac macrumors 68030


    May 13, 2010
    Would you kindly PM me why did you upgrade to the 2018 MBP just two years on? What do you use your computer for? :)
  10. upandown macrumors 6502

    Apr 10, 2017
    But as a positive the black level is better!
  11. esaelias macrumors regular


    Dec 30, 2016

    Maybe samsung then?
  12. SDColorado macrumors 68030


    Nov 6, 2011
    Highlands Ranch, CO

    That is my observation as well, also having a Samsung 2016 and LG 2018. More so though when running on the battery than when plugged in. I am sure that being a design choice to try to increase or maintain battery life while upping the specs.
  13. Appledoesnotlisten macrumors member


    Dec 2, 2017
    In my case LG is brighter than Samsung (compared 3 machines).

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