NEW Macbook screen quality?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by T-Mac, Nov 5, 2007.

  1. T-Mac macrumors member

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    I am ready to buy a new Macbook (my first Mac). I have seen a couple of conflicting posts on here about the screen quality of the recently updated version. One poster thought it was better than previous models, another indicated it was worse.

    If you have the new MB, please post your opinion of the screen quality with details. I'll be going to my local Apple store soon and would like to know what to look for.

    Thanks for taking the time to help!
     
  2. macenforcer macrumors 65816

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    Just picked up a 2.2 black macbook. I am not sure on the screen. The viewing angles kind of suck. Up and down is the problem. If you tilt the screen back to far you can't read it, if its tilted to forward you can't read it, it has to be just right. Not sure how it compares to other apple laptops though. It seems bright enough but also seems kind of funny looking. I can't explain it though. You have to see them.
     
  3. BEASTMAN macrumors member

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    i have a new macbook and I was soooo dissapointed that they didnt update to led because the old macbooks screen was awful. Now that i have been using it I am happy to say it is much better than i thought it would be.
     
  4. Diversion macrumors 6502a

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    My new SR MacBook's screen a little worse than the previous refresh.. Viewing angles look to be bout the same, brightness is the same, but my LCD looks more washed out (lighter colors blend in together, lack of contrast) versus my last model.. It's not bad enough to make me want to return it.. still keeping it. Blacks look great on the new one (as did my last one) but whites are more yellow than my last model. My Dell has a Samsung screen and the whites put the MacBook to shame.

    Jay
     
  5. portuglish08 macrumors member

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    I had the same reaction, I was upset at first, but still bought one, and now happy I did. I love it so much! Best computer I have EVER bought, and the screen to me, looks fantastic. I don't think you will be let down, apple makes good products that last and are fun/ user friendly.
     
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  7. crzdmniac macrumors regular

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    I set one up for my boss today, I think the previous model screen was more consistant. I noticed quite a bit of bleeding, and it also looked pretty dingy next to my SR MBP. Then again I can't say that it was calibrated very well either. But the backlight bleed killed me.
     
  8. T-Mac thread starter macrumors member

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    Not exactly what I wanted to hear before spending $1,300. Consumers expect successive revisions to get better, not worse. Looks like my long wait to become a Mac owner will continue.

    Thanks to all for the replies, good or bad.
     
  9. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040

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  10. /V\acpower macrumors 6502

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    Is your screen calibrated ?
     
  11. crzdmniac macrumors regular

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    It's a personal preference, after having both a macbook and macbook pro, there are things that I liked about both. For one, I prefer the macbook keyboard to the keyboard on the MBP. But to me, the display has a much more consistent backlighting, and it's also a couple "clicks" brighter. It's pretty easy to see side by side, but how often will you see it like that? Probably not often. That said, when the LED backlight comes out for the MB it would be a welcome upgrade, minus yellowing issues that is. Side note, I haven't looked at any other of the new macbooks except for the one I saw today, it's always possible that it was one of the "bad" ones. Not that it's aweful or anything.
     
  12. Diversion macrumors 6502a

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    I'm sorry but the Calibration utility is nothing more than color adjuster for the GPU.. it's not really improving upon the LCD display. I'd rather view my LCD in it's native output without adjusting it via software. Just like Nvidia's Control Panel.. you can tool around with the colors and what not, it's not really calibrating anything.. you can just adjust it via "software" it's not a hardware change. If it were a hardware change, i'd think differently about it.

    Jay
     
  13. macenforcer macrumors 65816

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    Well I have decided the screen sucks. After comparing it with my other laptops and having everyone I know look at it and say it is horrible I am taking it back for a refund. The problem is much like the problem with the ipod touch. When looking at the screen at an angle it turns to negative. I am also having problems with the fans jumping to 6850 rpms during little things like watching movies or using ichat. Do I just have a bad apple?
     
  14. twombles62 macrumors member

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    Um, it's that bad?
    Have you seen the old macbook screens? Is it different/worse than them?
     
  15. BossHogg macrumors member

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    No problems here with my new Macbook. Actually, comparing it to my recent editions (1-2 year old) Dell and HP I think it looks great ! Nice contrast and vivid colors.....movies look really nice.
     
  16. macenforcer macrumors 65816

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    I had the original macbook 2ghz black and I don't remember it being like this. If you look directly at the screen from the front it looks ok but washed out. Move you head to the left, right or look down or up and it goes negative or changes tint really bad. Could be defective. All I know is I have been getting a headache when I use it and that is why.
     
  17. l33r0y macrumors 6502

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    People! The 'washing out' you are seeing when tilting the screen is an effect of 'TN Film' panel technology. You'll see this on most laptop computers.

    If you are used to a desktop LCD, you will tend to notice this more on a laptop because you are changing the viewing angle, whereas a desktop screen is usually a fixed angle.

    I would imagine there are always differences of opinion in terms of what is acceptable for one person vs another, but at the end of the day you get what you pay for. Don't be put off by what others percieve as being of less than satisfactory quality. Judge for yourself if the unit you receive is acceptable to you or not. Simply return it for another unit if you are not satisfied.

    There may well be differences in quality from one unit to the next, but this is most likely down to the component manufacturers own quality tollerances, but that is the trade off of keeping costs low for a consumer level device.
     
  18. macenforcer macrumors 65816

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    No doubt but this is unlike any laptop panel. I have many laptops and they all change a little bit when looking at it from different angles but what is happening to the macbook screen is not normal. It goes into a negative film effect when moving your head around it. Same problem with the ipod touch screens. As far as getting what you pay for, mac laptops are damn expensive.
     
  19. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040

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    Same with mine think he might have a bad apple.
     
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  21. 840quadra Moderator

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    You are right, it is not a hardware change, but you are wrong in thinking that calibration does nothing.

    Panel color calibration is one of the most important tasks for anyone doing graphics, design, or photography. Without it , your printed colors will be off.

    Regardless, these are still TN panels sadly :( .


    The MBP does not use the same panel as the Macbook.

    Take a look at this article were all 3 are compared. Granted it does not have the brand new air, however I doubt that the LCD has changed on the new models that much.

    [​IMG]
     
  22. NC MacGuy macrumors 603

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    Those are my pic's originally posted at MacRumors and reposted by others.:rolleyes: Go to the thread of washed out MB screen in MB forums at MRumors for more pic's and comparisons.
     
  23. 840quadra Moderator

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    I knew I had seen those before! We gotta get free access to Macumors logo to watermark our photos with Screen names ! ;)

    [​IMG]
     
  24. MatLane macrumors 6502a

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    I can remember a week ago when i spoke to apple on the chat thing on the store page


    I said to them im looking at the previous generation and they kept asking me why and why

    i said im not keen on the screen and it may course a problem for me and he said

    'Well... you can always purchase are apple external displays'


    Erm how about take a hike
     
  25. apolloa macrumors G3

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    Eh? What do you mean? The new Unibody Mac Book DOES have an LED backlit screen. Unless Apple have lied to the world.
     

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