MBP 13" are 20% brighter than the 15"

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  1. NickPhamUK macrumors 6502

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  2. Scott G. macrumors member

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    Saw both in the store today. It was the first thing I noticed. I'm thinking of returning my 15 inch 2.7,455,512gb for the maxes out 13". I'm having some of the graphics problems that others are reporting.
     
  3. NickPhamUK thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You mean with the Radeon Pro? When you use Adobe Premier? Might be on the software side.

    If you put, say 50% brightness on the 13", you get the same brightness as if you set 60% on the 15", hence relatively more battery life. I have the nTB and can easily get 12 hours of battery life.
     
  4. FrightWait macrumors newbie

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    No way. I have just got my maxed out MBP 15" and the brightness at 80% is enough to burn my retinas out
     
  5. steve-p macrumors 68000

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    The 15" is bright enough for most people, I should think. So it wouldn't really matter for those people if the 13" was brighter than the sun. People are often looking for other things than just the brightest available, for example the missing 2" of screen.
     
  6. dof250 macrumors regular

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    I had both models. Tested both off them. The difference in brightness is very minimal. The 13" is a tiny little bit brighter to my eyes but the 15" is by far bright enough! I wouldn't say 20%, but its only my eyes I can trust on as i don't have any testing equipment.
     
  7. augenleet macrumors member

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    The 15" has much better contrast than the 13". I'll take that over a small brightness increase.
     
  8. Low country macrumors 6502

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    I'm not sure what the contrast ratio is between the 13" & 15" but both have beautiful displays that I cannot tell the difference of.
    According to Apple (with a grain of salt)....the display specs are:

    13"/2560x1600/227PPI/500NITS/P3 Wide Color Gamut
    15"/2880x1800/220PPI/500NITS/P3 Wide Color Gamut
     
  9. motime macrumors 6502

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    For indoor use even last years great. For outdoors use the brighter the better so 13 seems a good choice.
     
  10. augenleet macrumors member

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    The difference contrast ratio comes from the same source that measured the brightness of these MacBooks. They measured 1464:1 for the 15" vs 1053 for the 13".
     
  11. jerryk macrumors 68030

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    Unfortunately for me, increased brightness does not compensate for the missing 2 inches of screen real estate.
     
  12. idark77 macrumors 6502

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    The 2016 MBP are below my expectations. In the notebookcheck.net review the Dell and the 2015 MBP performed very well and I read that the new MBPs have a lot of bugs... This could start a long discussion but I won't... That's just my opinion.
     
  13. xmonkey macrumors 6502a

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    To add to this, I've measured 1,366:1 on my 15". Max brightness mine goes to is 500nits exactly. This is very good performance for an IPS laptop display.
     
  14. Scott G. macrumors member

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    Yea, the 15 inch is def bright enough. I just noticed that the 13 inch seemed brighter on max in the store. I really like the big screen of the 15 inch but, man I'm having a hard time adjusting to the typing with the huge trackpad. Anyone tried both? Is the typing experience significantly different on the 13 inch model?
     

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