Same screen as last years 13" MBA?

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  1. Adidas Addict macrumors 65816

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    Is the screen part the same as last years MBA 13? Was hoping they have improved the viewing angles and colour quality of the 13" MBA this time around but can't find any info on this?
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yep, same screen.
     
  3. Adidas Addict thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Hmmm, I sold my 13" MBA due to the screen quality, went 11.6" which was much better. But I fancy a 13" again grrrrrrrr decisions. (wish they had gone IPS like the ZenBook)
     
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    I've owned both, and definitely the display on the 11" has better colour and viewing angles. Of course the resolution is, as you say, better on the 13". (Though I think the 11" is more pixel dense due to size)

    The real problem I had on the 13" MBA is coming from using a wonderfully colourful 13" MBP screen I like many found it washed out and was forever tilting the display to get it in the 'sweet spot'. If you could match the colours from the 13" MBP and the resolution of the 13" MBA the screen would be great.
     
  6. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

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    Really? Is this true across the board?
     
  7. dcorban macrumors 6502a

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    If I recall correctly, there were two models of LCD panel used on the previous Air. I distinctly recall people discovering they had one model (the inferior one) and returning their Air to the store in an attempt to get the other model.
     
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    Yeah, I had the 'better' one, was still pretty awful.
     
  9. dcorban macrumors 6502a

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    I had that model Air for a week (before returning it) and the display was immensely superior to my current 2008 aluminum MacBook.

    The increased pixel density and much better contrast are much easier on the eyes.
     
  10. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    you are correct. The 11" air has the most PPI (pixels per inch) of any of the mac, aside from the retina.
     
  11. palpatine macrumors 68040

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    I think it is 135 ppi, right? This is about the same as competitors like the Zenbook (138). I'd say it is pretty nice, even if my iPad is a bit better :)
     
  12. Adidas Addict thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I would have ordered a 13 MBA on this refresh by now if I could get past the cheap arse display. :mad:

    It's the perfect laptop for me in most ways, but I know the experience will be soured by obsessive tilting of the screen to get it 'right'.
     
  13. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    11" air is 135
    13" air is 128
    13" pro is 113
    15" pro is 110 (1400 x 900)
    15" pro is 128 (1680 x 1050)

    retina is high as hell!

    not much of a difference between the airs though
     
  14. Southernboyj macrumors 68000

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    You think the 13" MBA display is bad? Try using a 13" MBP.
     
  15. mszpara macrumors regular

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    I ordered a 2012 13" MBA - we'll see what it looks like. I can always return ;)
     
  16. Adidas Addict thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That's what I had before the Air's. Much better screen in every way except resolution.
     
  17. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    i personally like their screens a lot, especially coming from a 15" pro with 1280 x 800
     
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    In what way? The colours and vertical viewing angles on the 13MBP screen is way better. I prefer the MBA as a whole, but the screen is definitely a cheaper quality part.
     
  20. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    I agree with southernboy, side by side i think the air looks much better.
     
  21. Adidas Addict thread starter macrumors 65816

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    If your head's in the required 1" window maybe ;)
     
  22. mattopotamus macrumors G4

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    haha. i would think most would agree the air display looks better than the pro. That was my biggest grip with my pro :(
     
  23. theSeb macrumors 604

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    I have to agree with this. I just can't get the viewing angle to be comfortable on my 13" MBA. After a couple of weeks I pulled out my 2009 13" MBP and the differences are obvious.
     
  24. Sounds Good macrumors 68000

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    What about the 13" MBA screen vs the 11" MBA screen?
     
  25. Adidas Addict thread starter macrumors 65816

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    11 is better, but that maybe because of the shorter height making the sweetspot bigger.
     

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