MBA screen vs MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by imaginex20, Apr 7, 2011.

  1. imaginex20 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2009
    Hi guys, I just received my 13" MBA and I am noticing the screen colors are way off compared to my 2011 13" MBP. I have spent a couple hours trying to calibrate it and I cannot get to get anywhere near the colors that my MBP screen is producing. Kinda disappointed, although I am loving the screen resolution. I wish the MBP had this resolution.

    Otherwise, this MBA kicks ass!
  2. HiddenGem macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2007
    I reluctantly returned my MBA for same issue you are having. Even my 2007 MBP 15" had better colours.
  3. HiddenGem macrumors member

    Jun 20, 2007
    The screen colours felt like a backward step from what I had, despite the higher resolution.
  4. ecib macrumors regular


    Jan 4, 2011
    I have a new 13" MBA and just bought my girlfriend a new 13" MBP. There is absolutely no question that colors look far better on the MBP than the MBA. They completely pop. Obv the MBA has a better resolution, but there is no comparing the colors imo.
  5. bcaslis macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2008
    Trying to manually calibrate the colors is a waste of time. You need to use a hardware/software calibrator like the Datacolor SpyderPro3 or Xrite i2 product to do this. Once you calibrate this way the colors are pretty good. The MBP might be a little better but both the MBP and MBA are inferior to an IPS display like on the iMac.

    I don't think the MBA display is significantly worse than the MBP. I just returned a new MBP and moved to the MBA 13" for portability. And one of my primary uses for it is editing photos in Lightroom and Aperture.

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