Spent some time in the Apple Store today comparing screens...

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by ScottFitz, May 14, 2008.

  1. ScottFitz macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2007
    Spent a lot of time with all the apple laptops. After 90 minutes or so I drove to my hotel, fired up my IBM t60p and my gawd, the screen on this IBM completely blows chunks.

    I found that the 15" LED backlit screen with glossy cover on the MBP was my favorite. Followed closely by the MBA 13" screen. MBP w/ matte screen 3rd with the lowly MB coming in last.

    But my IBM 15" screen is so much worse than anything apple is offering. Shockingly worse. Once WWDC hits, I hope for a MBA update as that is the model that fits my needs best. But that 15" pro is mighty attractive as well.

    Decisions, decisions....
  2. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    It's more likely that we'll see a MacBook Pro update than a MacBook Air one, and even then, there's really less than a 10% chance that the Pros will be updated.

    3G iPhone and the MacTablet are the WWDC fare this year.
  3. ScottFitz thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2007
    Also, for what it's worth, I had a 10 min youtube video playing on three different MBA's and I had no crazy shut downs or anything. Yes, they got hot under the CPU. But, no apparent performance issues.
  4. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020


    Aug 16, 2007
  5. ScottFitz thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2007
    No, not really. Just not as good as the LED backlit ones. But, in comparison to my IBM, the MB looked like a highdef screen! The IBM truly is a pOS.
  6. Neutral Gamer macrumors 6502a

    Neutral Gamer

    I always thought so, especially after comparing to the iMacs, the ACDs and the MBPs. The screen just looks so washed out compared to everything else. Not only that, but when I go to an electronics store I find that there's quite a few PC manufacturers who have even better looking screens than the glossy MBPs. I always find the Sony VAIO laptops looks especially amazing - so colourful, crisp and sharp!

    In all fairness though there could be issues of screen calibration / colour profiles with Mac OS compared to Windows. For example on my MBP I always had the TV gamma set in the colour profile - I thought it looked far better and less washed out. But of course all this is personal preference!

    If it helps, my friend's got an MBA and he finds, that despite the screen being amazingly bright, no matter how much he messes around with the colour profile he just can't get the colours to look how he wants them.
  7. iMpathetic macrumors 68030


    Oct 7, 2007
    The IBMs aren't that bad, provided you're blindfolded in a room with no light and the screen is off.
  8. fuzzielitlpanda macrumors 6502a

    Mar 24, 2008
    the screen on the MB is great. i like my mba screen more, but I would be happy with just the MB screen.
  9. Cheffy Dave macrumors 68030

    Cheffy Dave

    Feb 5, 2007
    Sunny Florida, on the Gulf Coast in Homosassa Fl
    Gawd no! mine is visually stunning, best laptop screen I have ever seen,:) now I have to visit the Apple store in the International Mall and check out a MBA and MBP 15" screens;)
  10. ScottFitz thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Nov 3, 2007
    No, don't do it! You're happy with your blackbook. I am truly sorry if I end up being the guy that planted any seeds of discontent!

    If the MBP 15 glossy is a 10, the MBP 15 matte is a 9, the MBA is a 9 (due to being smaller) and the MB is an 8. My IBM is a 4.

    Maybe that's a better way for me to describe it.
  11. macwall macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2007
    Cupertino, CA
    So if the IBM screen is a "4", then what's a 6?

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