Samsung vs. Toshiba vs. LG

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  1. ZBoater macrumors G3

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    My wife and I bought two MBAs at the same time. Interestingly I had to exchange mine, end we ended up with

    One MBA with a LG panel and a Samsung SSD (mine).

    One MBA with a Samsung panel and a Toshiba SSD (hers).

    Here are the Xbench scores for the SSDs:

    Hers.

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    Mine.

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    Now, these are my first Macs, but I have been in the PC business for 25 years. Tech support, networking, etc. So its not like I am a complete noob. I have been working non-stop on both these machines SIDE by SIDE, literally less than 24 inches from one another, for two days straight. I've loaded BootCamp, Windows 7, Office for Mac, etc. etc. etc. On both of them. And I can tell you right now THERE IS NO DIFFERENCE. None that a mere mortal can detect. This whole business of the SSD speed and screen quality is soooooo subjective.

    I can understand some people perceive differences while looking at one, what they recall about seeing another the day before or a month ago, and it seems nicer/better/sharper. If anyone can share an objective method of comparing the two screens, I'd be happy to run the tests. As for the SSDs, yes, Xbench SAYS that the Toshiba is slower, and I don't doubt that it is, but if you can't tell the difference, what's the point?

    FWIW. YMMV. :cool:
     
  2. edhawk1965 macrumors member

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    Oh but then what will all the anal-retents on here have to dwell on then?
    "oh my backlight keyboard on 4 dots isn't as bright as the one in the store, it must be an LG keyboard, not Samsung." "Must return this one as everyone says the other is better................" Come here to learn about upgrades, new products, apps, etc. Then leave or all you will do is start to doubt every part in your beautiful new device and start the ocd stream of returning it 15 times when in reality there is nothing wrong with it. Can't wait for the premier
    of Hoarders - MacRumors edition. ;)
     
  3. Lord Appleseed macrumors 6502a

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    You should take pictures of the screens to compare them side by side. That way we might be able to finally kill this whole rumor about Samsung Display > LG Display.
     
  4. ZBoater thread starter macrumors G3

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    Ask and ye shall receive.

    Side by side Samsung panel vs. LG panel.

    Let the games begin! Which one is which? :D
     
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  6. Lord Appleseed macrumors 6502a

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    Left one is Samsung, right one is LG?

    Maybe you should make another picture with different angles, just to make sure.
     
  7. ovrlrd macrumors 65816

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    Don't just take one picture, that is too easy to guess. Take multiple pictures at multiple angles and swap them (or say you did at least) in each one, and have people guess multiple times.

    It's the only way to do a double blind test.
     
  8. ZBoater thread starter macrumors G3

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    Here's another one.

    Side by side images of a Lion.

    As I sit here an try to take these pictures I am just chuckling about how alike these two panels are, and if there are any differences, I am either blind or not OCD enough... :p

    P.S. Maybe I switched them this time around. Maybe I didn't. On the first one you may notice the one on the right was not plugged into AC power... :D
     
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  10. Lord Appleseed macrumors 6502a

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    THis kinda proves that there is no inferiority in any to the screens. They are both looking great.
     
  11. ZBoater thread starter macrumors G3

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    They both look awesome. Both systems SCREAM they are soooo fast. Boot from power off is 15 seconds (less than 45 for Windows 7, and that is a minor miracle). Videos look great (haven't tried 1080p yet though). Will try VLC with my AVI collection to see how that fares.
     
  12. Kafka macrumors 6502

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    While I don't care about the SSD I'm very interested in the supposed LG/Samsung panel difference.

    I didn't like the screen on my 2010 MBA 13" (9CDF/LP133/LG), and back then the consensus on these forums was that it was the better one.
    Still I thought the colors were kinda dull, and in semi dark situations it always felt either too dark or too bright, I could never get the luminosity right.
    On top of that when looking at it correctly (from the center basically) the lower corners are already slightly getting dark from the poor angle of vision.
    I never liked that screen and actually ended up using my bulky 13"MBP more because of that, with it's useless-dead-weight DVD drive, lower res, and slow+noisy HDD...
    Not that I need a perfect screen or anything, but the screen of my MBA was just not comfortable to my eyes.

    Now I bought a 2011 MBA (selling the the 2010 in a few days) and to my disappointment I got the same screen... Gah...
    So if the Samsung screen happens to be better I might return my MBA hoping to get one... Still got 10 days to make up my mind.
    I'll try going to the Apple store again this week to check if they have some Samsung LCD equipped MBAs on display.
     
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  14. Obscurelight macrumors 6502

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    It's so obvious that there is a difference between the two :rolleyes: you just stink at being OCD

    the pixel shading is off by a teeny tiny bit :cool:

    Haha just kidding, there is barely any difference from what I can see and I doubt the slightly coloring difference can't be fixed with a little adjustment. At least this put all the weird arguments about washout screens and such into the trash. Now I don't have to twiddle my dumbs wondering what kind of screen I'm getting. Or........................ Maybe you got a bad samsung or a good LG screen :eek:
     
  15. striker33 macrumors 65816

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    Ok ok ok, so they look alike (not that Apple would use 2 different panels if they were any different anyway).

    BUT!

    The big question is... WHO has been using greasy fingers on their shiny new Mac?! The pic from the left, the first Mac is covered in shiny grease smudges :(:D:eek:
     
  16. ZBoater thread starter macrumors G3

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    He he, that was me. You should see me trying to swipe the screen like the iPad.... :D
     
  17. reclusive46 macrumors 65816

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    lol your not the only one thats done that
     
  18. mac jones macrumors 68040

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    Make this a Sticky! ;)
     
  19. Akamatsu macrumors member

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    Dear OP,

    Thank you very much. :)

    Finally, some objectivity in a sea of subjective nonsense.
     
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  21. PecanEater macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the post. Nothing like a little objective analysis to kill this OCD nit picking.
     
  22. macbook123 macrumors 68000

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    OK tell us which is which.

    I think the one on the right looks slightly warmer and the letters look more crisp.
     
  23. darngooddesign macrumors G3

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    Now people can get back to debating birth certificates. :rolleyes:
     
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