Screen brightness hype on new MBP's?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by MBX, Apr 19, 2017.

  1. MBX macrumors 68000

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    Hey, I noticed so many saying the new MBP's have much brighter screens. Even those reviewers on YouTube saying how amazing and much brighter it was.

    When I checked them out in the Apple store and now that I own a nTB MBP 13'' myself I don't see such a drastic increase in brightness.

    Next to my 2014 Mb-Air it's not such a huge increase when I have it at full brightness.

    So what gives? Because I was expecting having to put my new MBP's screen much lower for the same max brightness on the Air but it's not like it at all. More like only 1-2 notches lower :(
     
  2. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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    The 2014 MBA can have a pretty bright screen, measured at 342 nits in one review, though others measured lower. Even so, you should notice a clear difference at full brightness. Huge? I don't know about that.

    You should also notice a clear improvement in contrast, which is more useful in most settings.
     
  3. jerryk macrumors 68040

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    Take both outside. The new units are pretty readable. In comparison, my 2015 rMBP 15 washes out in any direct sunlight.
     
  4. Brookzy macrumors 601

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    An explanation I wrote a few months ago regarding brightness confusion on the new MacBook Pros - the third point is relevent here. :)

     
  5. Sanpete macrumors 68020

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    Has anyone tested this?
     
  6. MBX thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Oh now that makes sense. Thanks!
     
  7. Brookzy macrumors 601

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    Not empirically, but I have experienced it visually.

    (DisplayMate have the numbers for the iPhone 7, however:
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  8. lambertjohn macrumors 6502a

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    I agree. Put my wife's 2016 Macbook Pro 13 NTB next to my 2015 Macbook Pro 15, and I can barely tell the difference in screen brightness. Only when both computers are set at their highest setting, can I see a slight increase in the brightness on her 13". Still prefer my 15" over hers any day of the year!
     
  9. MBX thread starter macrumors 68000

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    It's true that it's brighter and better contrasts outside especially.

    But the reflections/ glare on the MBP's compared to the matte screen on the MB-Air make it very hard to see.

    Such a shame there's no more matte screen option.
     

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