Macbook Sreen Quality?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by waloshin, Apr 25, 2009.

  1. waloshin macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    With all the complaints about washed out colors on the Macbook, this screen looks beautiful to me!


    Anyone agree that the colors look amazing, and if not whats wrong with it minus the glare! By the way does the higher end 2.4ghz have a better screen?
  2. BittenApple macrumors 6502a


    Nov 29, 2008
    Some people say it is washed out, but i think its fine. of course it doesnt compare to the macbook pro screen.
  3. Matek macrumors 6502a

    Jun 6, 2007
  4. Sareth macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2009
    It's purely anecdotal but I'm convinced my new macbook screen (week 12 09 manufacture) is better than the three macbooks I tried (various problems with stuff stuck under the screen) in December (aside from the stuff stuck under the screen of course)
  5. Jiddick ExRex macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

    May 14, 2006
    Roskilde, DK
    Calibrate it!

    You should calibrate it. It looks like it has too much of a blue tint. If calibration does not correct it, it is most likely because it's 'washed out'.
  6. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    #6 that's one expensive mirror you have their:D (j/k - glad your happy with it)...
  7. nick9191 macrumors 68040

    Feb 17, 2008
    The Macbook Pro never lost a USB port as that article claims. It's always had two on the 15" and 3 on the 17".
  8. weckart macrumors 601

    Nov 7, 2004
    Even from that picture the colours look awful. Way too much blue all over. Look at the Safari and iChat icons. You cannot even see where the blue ends and the white starts - it is all just a bluey-grey mush.

    Compare and contrast with the Macbook Pro and Air.
  9. Sareth macrumors member

    Jan 5, 2009
    I just took a photo with my crappy camera with the same desktop background and the blue tint appeared in the photo. irl there is a clear contrast.
  10. pellets007 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 28, 2009
    New York
    Some hate it, some love it. Honestly, this is the best laptop display I've ever had.
  11. GeekGirl* macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
    I like my air's screen much better then my uni screen:)
  12. ddeadserious macrumors 6502a


    Jul 28, 2008
    Plymouth, MI
    I pulled the MBA, MBP, and MB next to eachother in Best Buy the other day and really could hardly tell a different. I don't know what the big deal is, but I'm perfectly satisfied with my MB's display.
  13. NewGenAdam macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2008
    Really? I think the difference is quite staggering.
    For one, the Air is matte; not reflective. I think it's also brighter.
  14. phoobo macrumors regular

    Sep 13, 2008
    not for the colors

    People are easily seduced by hyper-vivid colors, but for long-term use reading TEXT, it is not the ideal. For reading without fatigue, the MB is far superior to the MBA (which people like to rave about). The MBA -- *all* MBAs -- have a graininess to them that induces eyestrain. (I'm not talking about the "lines" problem, but a different quality issue that affects all Airs, whatever generation.) I know from experience: I have returned 3 of them because they caused headaches.

    No problems with the aluminum MB. Its screen comes from a different manufacturer; its image is much smoother and more refined.

    But calibrate it!
  15. SPEEDwithJJ macrumors 65816


    Nov 2, 2008
    waloshin, if you like what you see, then just get it. IMO, your own personal opinion is what counts since you'll be the one using that screen, if/& when you buy the MacBook. Good luck. :)
  16. VSMacOne macrumors 601


    Oct 18, 2008
    Very well put, sir! :cool:
  17. GeekGirl* macrumors 65816


    Feb 26, 2009
    Buffalo, NY
    Not true, my Uni macbook causes MORE strain due to the glass and gloss over the screen, My Air I have none of these eye problems from your photo you can see you have a bald head and maybe glasses?

    Thats glossy, but if you like it great!
  18. youssefm macrumors 6502

    Oct 7, 2008
    my screen is extremely washed out, when i photoshop things (nothing too intensive, and for fun) i cant get colors right -_- idk, i tried calibrating but it didnt work so i guess an external monitor is good lol
  19. VSMacOne macrumors 601


    Oct 18, 2008
    Don't give up so easily! There are a bunch of Color Profiles out there, do a search and you'll see a couple of threads with just profiles from different people.
    Try some of those on, and see what looks good to you.
  20. AboveTheChaos macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2008
    I was wondering about this. I am seriously considering a MB but when I looked at them in the store, the screen was definitely a turn-off. I was wondering if it's just because they haven't been calibrated. I know when I get a new Mac, the first thing I have to do is calibrate it or play with the colors to get it looking decent. I'm wondering if the MB screens can be calibrated to something good?
  21. Nocturnal22 macrumors 6502

    Feb 23, 2009
    Yea the screen to me is beautiful i had the old white book and this one is way better
  22. jimboutilier macrumors 6502a

    Nov 10, 2008
    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.

    But from a specification point of view (contrast ratio and viewing angle) the MB screen is markedly inferior to that of the MBA or MBP.

    As someone that works on a notebook 8-12 hours a day, I have a definite preference for the MBA, followed by the MBP and then way at the back of the pack the MB.

    I can use any of these machines for business use all day long under optimal conditions. But the MB's viewing angle is very narrow that makes it hard to maintain a viewing position that keeps the screens brightness from top to bottom consistent. It's extremely glossy screen complicates this as when you adjust the screen angle to avoid ceiling lights you end up looking at a screen thats lighter or darker at top or bottom. And its very low contrast ratio makes most blacks actually gray - ok for text but harder on the eyes, and unacceptable for all but the most casual use for multimedia applications.

    Adjusting the color profile can make it "look" a little better but actually helps none of its problems.

    That said, if it looks good to you - go for it!
  23. AboveTheChaos macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2008
    Thanks for the opinion. I think I'm going to wait a little while to see if there's an update with possibly a better screen. If not by summer, I'll have to figure out what my alternatives are at that point.
  24. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    I just bought the new white one and noticed it's sort of flat (doesn't pop like my long gone SR MBP display did), however, when I compared them at the store, the alum MB display was better. I just couldn't justify a $500 difference to get to the low end alum MB. @ $800 after rebate I guess I can live with a lesser screen while still having a Mac.

  25. ppc750fx macrumors 65816

    Aug 20, 2008
    Pretty much every laptop screen sucks, with the possible exception of the (very rare) IPS panels that shipped on some ThinkPads ages ago.

    Just my 0.02c.

    Edit: Fixed typo.

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