New MacBook Pro darker screen than last revision.

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  1. thiagos macrumors 6502

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    I was wondering if I have a defective screen or this model is supposed to be darker. I have a 2.53Ghz Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro (the last revision) and the new 2.4Ghz i5 MacBook Pro which I just bought today.

    I noticed the i5 screen is much dimmer, it is the same manufacturer but the model is 9CA4. The Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro model is 9CA3.

    Are the 9CA4 models supposed to be darker or do I have a defective screen> I wanna know so I can go and exchange it.

    Thanks
     
  2. MBHockey macrumors 68040

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    Could you post a pic of the two side by side?
     
  3. choco macrumors member

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    yeah i just bought a 2.4 GHz mbp today and have noticed it slightly darker than my previous laptop.
     
  4. nimski62 macrumors regular

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    These inconsistencies DRIVE ME EFFING CRAZY. COME ON APPLE GET SOME PROPER DAMN SCREENS.
     
  5. rmbrown09 macrumors 6502a

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    say hello to part of your "battery saving" architecture.
     
  6. choco macrumors member

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    haha i thought as much.
     
  7. mgacam2 macrumors regular

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    Are you having issues on the 1440x900 screen or the high res screen
     
  8. C64 macrumors 65816

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    Prob a stupid question, but isn't it just a brightness setting diff?
     
  9. breathesrain macrumors regular

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    +1 They can be quite sneaky with those power saving mechanisms...
     
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    Wow! The exact same thing happened when the last rev MBPs were released (at least the machines at the Apple Store). Wound up being a bum software preload from Apple. You might try a clean install from the recovery disks as a last resort.
     
  12. 2contagious macrumors 6502a

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    To topic starter: Please clarify. :)
     
  13. Icaras macrumors 603

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    Darker, deeper blacks are actually something to tout in display technology, both in TVs and computer displays. You don't want bleeding or backlighting to affect your blacks. But if the overall display is generally darker, then that's a different story obviously.

    Check out Pioneer Kuro displays to see what I'm talking about. They are among the best displays for the deepest blacks in the industry.

    http://www.pioneerelectronics.com/P...asmaTVs+Monitors/Enhanced+Content/Televisions
     
  14. hcmitchellr macrumors newbie

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    My new 15" was darker...

    Until I turned up the brightness. It was set real low out of the box.
     
  15. Cycom macrumors 6502

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    Haha, imagine the *****torm that would cause if confirmed.
     
  16. thiagos thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Yes the 1440x900. The Apple Stores don't have the High Resolution screens yet.
    The brightness is all the way up on both machines.
     
  17. hcmitchellr macrumors newbie

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    Is your old a florescent or another LED?

    My old is florescent and is way darker ( as expected). I have the brightness turned up on my new Mac 4 bars from the top. That is as bright as I can go without squinting.
     
  18. thiagos thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ??

    The new macbooks are all LED.
     
  19. hcmitchellr macrumors newbie

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    But all the old ones are not. The last generation had LED, but my old is before that and is Florescent.
     
  20. dooyou macrumors regular

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    What does darker mean exactly? To dark or no trouble at all?
     
  21. Hazel macrumors member

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    OP mentioned he has the last revision 2.53 C2D, which had LED lighting. nothing should have changed. I agree with other posters above that photos would be helpful, since I'm also in the market for one of these, and this concerns me..
     
  22. thiagos thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Again, as I mentioned, last revision. The revision before the one released today.

    I will try to post some pictures, although I am not sure if it will be visible. Playing a movie, I noticed better dark levels on the 2.53Ghz Core 2 Duo MacBook Pro. The new i5 had a darker screen as I mentioned which caused some dark scenes not to display as much details as the C2D MBP.

    I am extremely upset about this, although it is not major, the screen is the most important feature in a computer (to my needs), even more than the processor itself.
     
  23. Libertine Lush macrumors 6502a

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    To be sure you don't have a defective one, perhaps you could drive out to a store to compare your new one to the new ones on display.
     
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    It wouldn't surprise me one bit if this is how Apple achieved battery life improvements. :mad:
     
  25. klover macrumors 6502a

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    I know - I own a 5080 Kuro and appreciate dark, inky blacks. But not if they come at the expense of muted brightness (i.e., good black levels because of a high quality panel vs. good black levels as a result of a dim backlighting system).


    On a related note, I went through 4 MBPs trying to find a panel without excessive bleeding, poor black levels, or dead/stuck pixels and was unsuccesful. The Apple panel lottery can be be very annoying.
     

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