LED or LCD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by taibien86, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. taibien86 macrumors member

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    Can someone explain the pros and cons of LED screens and LCD screens? I'm looking into buying a new MacBook Pro and want to know about it. Thanks
     
  2. Arjy macrumors member

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    LED displays use less power and are brighter. they can be thinner though on the macbookspros it doesnt make a difference.
     
  3. TEG macrumors 604

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    The LED is the backlight for the LCD. Traditional LCDs use floresscent bulbs (which contain mercury), the new LCDs use LED (which still contain "dangerous" materials, but they can easily be broken down to safe minerals, it also uses less energy). Some white LED bulbs will yellow with use, this was occuring in a percentage of the first gen MBs and MBPs. Make sure you get AppleCare just in case you get some yellowing.

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  4. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    When a screen is referred to as being an LED screen, it's still an LCD screen. LED is in contrast to the flourescent backlight that older LCD screens used. LED backlit screens will tend to be more evenly lit, have brighter more vibrant color, and will use less power giving the laptop a little better battery life.
     
  5. JSchwage macrumors 6502a

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    LCD and LED are two different things. LCD is just the type of display. An LCD display can have an LED backlight or the old cathode backlight. LED is just a new type of backlight. There isn't much of a difference besides LED being more environmentally friendly and using less power.
     
  6. taibien86 thread starter macrumors member

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    so basically, the bat life will be longer and the screen will look brighter
     
  7. JSchwage macrumors 6502a

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    The extra battery life you gain is quite minimal and I don't think there is much of a brightness difference.
     
  8. Chaszmyr macrumors 601

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    JSchwage is right. I think the differences are there, but they're pretty minor.
     
  9. kuebby macrumors 68000

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    The main difference is really just the complete removal of mercury from the display, an important environmental step since most computers are not properly recycled.
     

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