Screen calibration on 2018 MBA

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  1. vistokid macrumors 6502

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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!
     
  2. Ruskes macrumors regular

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    • There is a app in the utility folder called /Applications/Utilities/ColorSync Utility.app
    • Try it out
     
  3. vistokid thread starter macrumors 6502

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    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.
     
  4. Ruskes macrumors regular

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    read the
    ColorSync Utility User Guide from Apple
    I am not allowed to post links here
     
  5. Wags macrumors 6502a

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    Try the profile that is there. Rec.ITU-R BT.709-5
    Seems to offer more color to the eyes.
     
  6. vistokid thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sorry, that is where? Under Display?
     
  7. thekev macrumors 604

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    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.
     
  8. Wags macrumors 6502a

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    It is located in a box in display preferences where you posted above. You might have to scroll thru the other profiles.
     
  9. Bobioden macrumors 68000

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    I use this one also. Best I have found.

    Located: System Preferences, Display, Color, then scroll down.
     
  10. nutmac macrumors 68040

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    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.
     
  11. sclough macrumors regular

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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.
     
  12. nutmac macrumors 68040

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    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/".
     
  13. Ploki macrumors 68040

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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?
     
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  15. nutmac macrumors 68040

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    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.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 17, 2019 ---
    Oh. Try this one:

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/nzorehwplc2mjpe/MacBook Air (2018).icc?dl=0
     
  16. Ploki macrumors 68040

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  18. ZipZap macrumors 603

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    WHY?
     

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