Just got a new 13" MBP - should I colour calibrate?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by stevearm, Sep 23, 2009.

  1. stevearm macrumors 6502a

    Nov 15, 2007
    I've read a few stories about how the colours profile that comes with the uMBP are all wrong and it should be calibrated using different settings.

    Is this the case, and if so, what profile should I use?

    Thanks, any help would be appreciated :)
  2. eMagine macrumors regular


    Sep 18, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
  3. stevearm thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 15, 2007
    Well I meant is there any colour profile settings I can input, rather than buy calibration hardware
  4. eMagine macrumors regular


    Sep 18, 2006
    Los Angeles, CA
    The only way to really calibrate is with calibration hardware.
    The other option is to use a calibration software, like the one the Mac OS provides, but it's much less accurate.

    One of the first thing I do when I get a new laptop or monitor is I use a Monitor calibration hardware to calibrate. It works flawlessly.
  5. m0no macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2009
    You can find color profiles throughout the forum based on your particular screen model. Check which screen you have and then do a search. I'm sure you'll find a profile to use. :)
  6. nooaah macrumors 68000


    Sep 3, 2009
    Philadelphia, PA
    I'm a complete newbie. I just bought a MB Pro 13". How would I find what screen it is?

    NVIDIA GeForce 9400M:

    Chipset Model: NVIDIA GeForce 9400M
    Type: GPU
    Bus: PCI
    VRAM (Total): 256 MB
    Vendor: NVIDIA (0x10de)
    Device ID: 0x0863
    Revision ID: 0x00b1
    ROM Revision: 3427
    Color LCD:
    Resolution: 1280 x 800
    Pixel Depth: 32-Bit Color (ARGB8888)
    Main Display: Yes
    Mirror: Off
    Online: Yes
    Built-In: Yes
  7. Corrode macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2008
    Calgary, AB
    Screen Model

    System Preferences
    Open Profile
    Scroll to #17
    Model Number
  8. m0no macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2009
    system preferences > displays > color > open profile > number 13 or 17

    The model number will be something like 9CBD.
  9. Corrode macrumors 6502a


    Dec 26, 2008
    Calgary, AB
    Personally, I find all the calibrations to be too blue. In Leopard I just changed the gamma to 2.2 and was happy with that, but I think 2.2 is SL's default. Up to you, but I don't think there's that much to improve on the default setting the new MBP.
  10. m0no macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2009
    I don't use a profile either. I like the default on the 9CBD screen. Maybe I just don't have an eye for it, but it looks better to me than any calibration I've tried.
  11. dmccloud macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    Anchorage, AK
    Apple did change the default gamma from 1.8 to 2.2 with Snow Leopard. This is actually a bigger deal for the photography and digital media communities, because 2.2 has been the default calibration point for third-party applications (such as Adobe). Unless you're doing a lot of work that requires color calibration between different applications/devices (i.e, editing photos for print reproduction), the default color calibration in Snow Leopard should be sufficient.
  12. kasakka macrumors 68000

    Oct 25, 2008
    The 9CA0 panel on my 13" MBP was surprisingly good straight from the box, with only minor adjustments needed. In any case you should always calibrate.
  13. klee1987 macrumors regular

    Jun 20, 2009
    If you're happy with the current colours then don't bother changing it.

    If you're a professional photographer/ movie maker then I assume you know what you're doing, but if you are just the average user then you most likely will not notice the difference.

    If it ain't broke don't fix it.
  14. coops macrumors regular

    Sep 10, 2009
    It's easy enough to have a play around with the settings - you can save any setup you like to come back to later on.

    I tried calibraitng using the Mac software first - but ended up trying the built in option Adobe RGB and preferring it - not sure why.

  15. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

    NC MacGuy

    Feb 9, 2005
    The good side of the grass.
    After SL, I find the best cal. is actually the second standard one. Go figure.

    I have about twenty, went through them and still kept the standard.
  16. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Hardware calibration is the best path if you want or need color accuracy. I've read positive things for the spyder 3 pro (or elite). Check out and search the forums over at dpreview.com. Thete's been plenty of write ups on what calibration device works best with a mac.
  17. ssinohio macrumors newbie

    Jun 14, 2009
    I have a 9CC2 screen. I found some other users profiles and when clicking on the link it downloaded and ended up on my desktop. How do I add it to my profile list and use it? I tried to drag it and it didn't work. What am I missing?
  18. pinktank macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2005
  19. electroshock macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    May I suggest something? Unless you edit images (still photography or video) or need to ensure that when you print, it matches what you see on the screen (via calibrated monitor AND matching colour profiles for the printer/ink/paper combination), you probably don't really need to bother with a calibrated monitor.

    But if it's essential to your work, then you have some options -- hardware calibration being better of them (although at a cost) but do have software-based calibration options as well.

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