MacBook Pro 13" VS Air screen quality

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  1. nicoplanet macrumors regular

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    Here is some pictures i've made with my D-LUX 4 (ISO100, RAW, CaptureOne, fixed white balance) of my new MacBook Pro 13" VS my girlfriend MacBook Air (Rev.A).

    Both screens are calibrated with Spyder2Express (Gamma 2.2, 6500K):

    First, I was very disappointed with the MBP 13" screen 9C9E (Samsung), but after calbration, things gets better.

    From this comparison, the MBA has a brighter display, better horizontal view, but the colors are crisper on the MBP 13".

    Here are the pictures : what do you think of that?

    Brightness : MBA wins

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    Colors : MBP wins

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    Luminosity is à 70% on the MBA for this shot (MBP 100%)

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    But look at the blue tons (Spotlight bar!)... It's totally different between those babies :eek:

    Vertical angle of view: Draw (no gamma shift on both screens)

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    Horizontal angle of view: MBA wins

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    Final shot: ... finally love the MPB 13" screen, after calibration! :D

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  2. spaceboots06 macrumors 6502a

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    What does the MBA's spotlight blue color look like a dirty pool green!?! Perhaps you should post the model numbers too...
     
  3. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

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    can you post your mbp screen model and also the calibrated profile?
     
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  5. LAS.mac macrumors 6502

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    Personally, and just seeing to your pictures, I prefer the MBP ones. Color looks crispier and more saturated to me.
     
  6. nicoplanet thread starter macrumors regular

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    Unfortunately, it's a 9C9E (Samsung). First, I was very disapointed with the screen, but after calibration, things gets better.

    Apple sended me another MBP 13": I'll check the difference if I have another panel on the new one...

    You'll find the Spyder2Express profile in attachment.
     

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  7. nicoplanet thread starter macrumors regular

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    It comes from Vlad : http://www.vladstudio.com/

    Excellent website, for great wallpapers :D ;) :apple:
     
  8. aprofetto macrumors 6502a

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    Cool, thanks!
     
  9. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks!
     
  10. tdream macrumors 65816

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    In the horizontal comparison the MBP is at a wider angle due to the fact that you lined them up beside each other. If you want to test properly, you take a photo and then replace the MBA with the MBP, then you have a proper comparison.
     
  11. travis64 macrumors 6502a

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    I used to always want a air because the black levels compare to macbook.are the black levels better then the air in person?thanks
     
  12. Smoothie macrumors 6502

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    It's an interesting comparison, but not very helpful since Apple has a number of LCD panel suppliers. So you're not really comparing an Air vs. MBP, you're comparing that particular LCD panel in the Air with that particular LCD panel in the MBP.
     
  13. nicoplanet thread starter macrumors regular

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    Not really anymore, in most case I guess... MPB 13" has better blacks...

    Yes, that's true: agree 100% ;)
     
  14. Jollins macrumors regular

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    I just tried your calibration on my 9C9E screen, and it looks extremely red to me. This makes me wonder if you have the same screen I do...
     
  15. nicoplanet thread starter macrumors regular

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    Yes, Spyder2Express calibration is quiet red, as always.
    But, even if you have the same model, it isn't the same screen: that's why calibration must be done on every screen. ;)
     
  16. sparkie7 macrumors 68000

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    I wish it was a dog :rolleyes:
     
  17. spillproof macrumors 68020

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    Well the screen technology is 3 years old, but I'm surprised there is that much of a difference.

    btw Alice in Wonderland gave me nightmare when I was little and this cat brings back memories. -shudders-
     
  18. nicoplanet thread starter macrumors regular

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    :D :D :D

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    :rolleyes:
     
  19. aleksandra. macrumors 6502a

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    I agree, spotlight on my Air's screen looks deep blue, like on MBP in the photo.

    What's the display in that MBA?
     
  20. Vinprakash macrumors newbie

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    Here is some pictures i've made with my D-LUX 4
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  22. nicoplanet thread starter macrumors regular

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    Vinprakash, can't see your pictures! :confused:
     
  23. kasakka macrumors 65816

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    The MBP looks better to me in most cases, which is nice. However both seem to have way too much blue. Don't know if it's just the pictures, but the dock background (the 3D plate with reflections) is supposed to be gray.
     
  24. pellets007 macrumors 6502a

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    Woudn't it have been a better experiment if you had left them both with the manufacturers calibration? (And I can't tell by your wording if that's a calibration tool or the calibration itself) There's far to many variables in this experiment to get conclusive results; the calibration needs to be constant. More conclusive results would come from the default calibration because the screens differ.
     

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