Is the MacBook screen REALLY that bad?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by seven7seven, May 5, 2009.

  1. seven7seven macrumors regular

    May 5, 2009
  2. pellets007 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2009
    New York
    No, it's rather nice in my opinion. The black are a bit washed out, but I don't thing the screen should be the biggest deciding factor. But that's just me.
  3. Blue Fox macrumors 6502a

    Blue Fox

    Apr 13, 2009
    The new Aluminum MacBook? I thought the screen looks absolutely brilliant compared to the predesessors. I mean, compare the current White MacBook to the new Aluminum ones and you'll see one heck of a difference.
  4. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    All of the Aluminium MacBooks (and Pros) look bad compared to the White MacBook in my local Apple Store.

    I thought they were running them on a non-native resolution when I saw them, but they weren't!

    I'm surprised they keep a White MacBook on show, it's a pretty stupid idea if you let people compare the screens that closely.
  5. VSMacOne macrumors 601


    Oct 18, 2008
    yup it's horrible. that's why everybody has taken theirs back..
  6. seven7seven thread starter macrumors regular

    May 5, 2009
    No need for the sarcasm.
    Just from reading on here it seems every post is like "I'm surprised apple puts such a terrible screen in the unibodys" and "not good enough to watch a movie"
  7. SPEEDwithJJ macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2008
    IMO, ultimately, it is your call on whether the screen on the MB is good enough. Only you can decide if it is good enough for you. My advise is that if possible, go to an Apple store or a retail store that sells a MB to check out the screen yourself. That way you'll for sure find out your answer to your original question. ;) Good luck. :)
  8. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    We are all sarcastic on here a lot, and this topic has also been beaten to death over and over.
    IMO I like the screen, it's workable and does what I need it to do.
  9. Knolly macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2007
    The screen isn't bad by any means, the complaining just stems from the fact that we know Apple can do better. The screen on the MBP and Air is far better than the Macbook, which is the source of all of the rabble, from myself included.
  10. tubbymac macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2008
    The poor horse, it's getting beaten to death again.
  11. Yodgee macrumors member

    Mar 5, 2009
    Thing people forget is the Macbook is the baseline of the apple computer range. It can't be expected to have a top of the range screen
  12. hkim1983 macrumors 6502

    Feb 5, 2009
    I'm not a professional or an authority on the subject, but even to my untrained eye, the colors on the Macbook are washed out. The most noticable thing though, is how it displays its blacks.

    To be honest, this doesn't really bother me, even when watching movies, but I know it can be a deal breaker to some. You can fix the washed out part somewhat with better color calibration, but you can't really do anything about the blacks. Outside of color sensitive work and expecting the best out of your screens for viewing movies, the screen is fine.
  13. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    I bought a unibody MacBook (2.4GHz) less than 24 hrs ago, and so far I'm quite pleased with the screen I received.

    As far as I can tell (and I've looked as best as I can), I do not have the gray-line problem that has been reported by so many. And while the screen is obviously a TN panel, colors do not look unusually washed out and gradient banding is fairly minimal for a laptop display. Backlight is very bright and uniform, and I see no significant light leak around the edges.

    For those that keep tabs on this sort of thing:
    Manufacturer: 0610
    Model: 9CA7

    Overall, I'm quite pleased. My MacBook seems to be a top quality specimen (or will be once the 4GB RAM is delivered later today).
  14. SHIFTLife macrumors 6502

    Jul 24, 2008
    Get the paddles! It's time to bring him back!

    Joking aside, the screen isn't all that bad. The best thing to do, as someone already suggested, is go to an Apple store, Best Buy, or any store that sells them and have a look at the screen yourself. How does it look to your eye? I don't like the screen at all with the default color calibration (I have the 9C89 screen), but with a decent calibration, I have no complaints at all. Another common complaint is the reflective/glossy surface. It can be a little annoying at times, like when I'm working at my desk in the office...the overhead florescent lights cause quite a glare, but as long as your lighting source isn't above or behind you, the screen is fine.
  15. flapperdink macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2009
    I agree with this statement 100%. I found a spyder calirbation profile for my exact screen and it looks x1000 better.
  16. Fizzoid macrumors 68020


    Jul 11, 2008
    For me, it's fine. I'm not doing any graphic design, or professional photo editing (if I was, i'd have bought the MBP) I simply wanted a surfing and mobile office machine and for that, it's fine. The only thing I'd say is that you can get a fair amount of glare as I noticed last week while watching the football from the Slingbox, but it was a very sunny day and I simply closed the curtains. There's some discussion that the newer MBs have a better screen:
  17. uv23 macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2003
    Calgary, AB
    Yes, it is that bad. I visited the Apple sore and compared the MB, MBA, an MBPs and the screens on the MB were awful by comparison (and in general). They looked like milk had been poured over them and the viewing angles were atrocious. I wanted the portability (I still miss my 12" PB after all these years) but it's just not worth it. WIll be going with a 15" MBP. As always, YMMV, so I would recommend having a look at them in person before deciding.
  18. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    The Unibody screen is a lot better, but still not what one should expect from a $1599 laptop. If you ask me, each laptop needs to be brought down to the price of the product below it. Unibody Macbook, $999 and $1299, Unibody Macbook Pro, $1599, $1999 and $2499.
  19. MBHockey macrumors 68040


    Oct 4, 2003
    New York
    They're fine unless you're looking for a problem (like most morons on this board).
  20. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    The unibody MB is generally a bit better than the older plastic MB's, but not near as good as the MBA or MBP.

    Its screen quality is bad for a notebook over $1000. I've seen much better screens on $600 laptops. That said, it is crisp and clear and bright. But it suffers from a poor contrast ratio (giving it a washed out look at higher brightness) and it has a narrow viewing angle that when combined with its very glossy finish makes it difficult to adjust for a uniform brightness top to bottom.

    While its aesthetically displeasing its still very useable all day long. It's not the greatest for watching video and I would not recommend it for any professional multimedia production but for general business or school use its fine.

    Relatively speaking though this is a poor quality screen for a laptop in this price range.
  21. SPEEDwithJJ macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2008
    Are you able to check out the screen model numbers (such as 9CA5, 9CA7, or 9CA8) on the MB that is on display at the Apple store?
  22. SPEEDwithJJ macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2008
    I think I even read about someone one or two days ago that said that he/she thought the screen on the White MB is even better than the screen on the Alu MB while at the Apple store! :eek:
  23. Daveoc64 macrumors 601

    Jan 16, 2008
    Bristol, UK
    I did, in Post 5 of this thread.

    I still stand by that comment.

    I don't think I've seen a worse screen.
  24. djellison macrumors 68020

    Feb 2, 2007
    Pasadena CA
    Would you consider the screen on a £300 netbook being as good, if not better, than a £1100 apple laptop to be fine? Or does that just make me a moron?

    The macbook screen is usable. It's not especially great. Its' certainly under specified for the price.

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