Screen calibration on 2018 MBA

vistokid

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Hi gang, so I just purchased a 2018 MBA for my wife. I was reading that some of you are tinkering with the screen calibration to make it better. Can someone explain how that's done and what setting you recommend?

Is it just by going to System Preferences --> Display and choosing a different option rather than "Color LCD"?

TIA!
 

Ruskes

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  • There is a app in the utility folder called /Applications/Utilities/ColorSync Utility.app
  • Try it out
 

vistokid

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  • There is a app in the utility folder called /Applications/Utilities/ColorSync Utility.app
  • Try it out
Thank you! Can you give me a little more information on how to do this please? Sorry, I'm not really sure what I would need to do.
 

Wags

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Hi gang, so I just purchased a 2018 MBA for my wife. I was reading that some of you are tinkering with the screen calibration to make it better. Can someone explain how that's done and what setting you recommend?

Is it just by going to System Preferences --> Display and choosing a different option rather than "Color LCD"?

TIA!
Try the profile that is there. Rec.ITU-R BT.709-5
Seems to offer more color to the eyes.
 
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thekev

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Try the profile that is there. Rec.ITU-R BT.709-5
Seems to offer more color to the eyes.
Generally an ideal profile would describe the display's output characteristics to the gpu. They can also contain corrections, but that isn't always a good idea. Rec 709 is not a description of your particular display. It seems really strange to assign that as a display profile.
 

nutmac

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Try the profile that is there. Rec.ITU-R BT.709-5
Seems to offer more color to the eyes.
No, Rec. ITU-R BT-709-5, or "Rec. 709" as it's more commonly known, is not the ideal color profile for MacBook Air's screen. It was created nearly 30 years ago for HDTVs. The correct profile requires using a color calibration tool. I used i1Display Pro to calibrate my kid's 2018 MacBook Air, which made the overall look a bit warmer (D65 color temperature), helped me set the brightness level to 120 nits (5 notches below maximum, 1/3rd notch above), wider color gamut, and corrected color profiles.

Since not all displays are made equal, my calibrated color profile probably doesn't apply to others. But if you want, I can share it.
 

sclough

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I used i1Display Pro to calibrate my kid's 2018 MacBook Air, which made the overall look a bit warmer (D65 color temperature), helped me set the brightness level to 120 nits (5 notches below maximum, 1/3rd notch above), wider color gamut, and corrected color profiles.

Since not all displays are made equal, my calibrated color profile probably doesn't apply to others. But if you want, I can share it.
If you don't mind sharing I would like to try it. I've tried a few profiles and haven't found one I like just yet.
 

nutmac

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If you don't mind sharing I would like to try it. I've tried a few profiles and haven't found one I like just yet.
Here's my kid's 2018 MacBook Air profile.

https://send.firefox.com/download/0ece890a06/#hjggcc6k4AftVkKWMAdofQ

It was calibrated at 120 nits, which on this particular display is roughy 5 notches below the maximum brightness and raised 1/3 notch using "shift + option + brightness up" key combination.

To install, you may need to copy the file to ~/Library/ColorSync/Profiles/ folder (in Finder, Go | Go to Folder, then type "~/Library/ColorSync/Profiles/".
 

Ploki

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MacBook Pro subforum doesn't respond; has any of you tried doing an "advanced" profile (by holding option) when you match that apple logo with grey lines?
If so, could you max out display to 100% and try disable/enable automatic brightness adjustment?
 

nutmac

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MacBook Pro subforum doesn't respond; has any of you tried doing an "advanced" profile (by holding option) when you match that apple logo with grey lines?
If so, could you max out display to 100% and try disable/enable automatic brightness adjustment?
Sounds a lot like this MBA issue.

You should file a bug using Bug Reporting website as I was advised to do by an Apple employee.
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Thank you but I tried this link and it says it has expired.
Oh. Try this one:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/nzorehwplc2mjpe/MacBook Air (2018).icc?dl=0
 
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