SR Macbook Screen LED?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mattyh, Nov 1, 2007.

  1. mattyh macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2007
    Alright, so hear me out, this might sound crazy. I bought a macbook 2 weeks ago and took it back today in order to get the new Santa Rosa Macbook. I just got home and fired up the new Macbook and the first thing I did was look at the screen to see if it was Matte or something because it looked different than the Macbook I had been using only a couple hours earlier. I remarked to my wife that the greys almost seemed a little more brown. She remarked that from the side they looked brown, but when she looked head on it wasn't. I dismissed it at that, but I kept thinking that the screen looked different.

    I've been trying to figure out if something was wrong, but then it hit me to look into the LED backlight stuff that was written about the Macbook Pro. Now, I hadn't looked into what an LED LCD is before because I've never been interested in the Macbook Pro. Two articles I found caught my eye though.

    The first, a review with side by side pics of the the MBP with and w/o a LED backlight. My screen honestly looks like the right one and my wife agrees. Link:

    The second article that caught my eye was one from engadget that mentioned the MBP losing .2lbs when it went LED (or at least that's what I gathered from the article). The new macbook is 5lbs instead of 5.2lbs correct? These seem like interesting coincidences. Link:

    I full well realize I could be crazy and might be completely wrong, but what do you guys think?
  2. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    macbook says...

    * 13.3-inch (diagonal) glossy widescreen TFT display with support for millions of colors
    * Supported resolutions: 1280 by 800 (native), 1152 by 720, 1024 by 768, 1024 by 640, 800 by 600, 800 by 500, 720 by 480, and 640 by 480 pixels at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 pixels at 4:3 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 pixels at 3:2 aspect ratio

    macbook pro says

    * 15.4-inch (diagonal) TFT LED backlit display with support for millions of colors; optional glossy widescreen display
    * Supported resolutions: 1440 by 900 (native), 1280 by 800, 1152 by 720, 1024 by 640, and 800 by 500 at 16:10 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio; 1024 by 768, 800 by 600, and 640 by 480 at 4:3 aspect ratio stretched; 720 by 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio; 720 by 480 at 3:2 aspect ratio stretched
  3. mattyh thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2007
    I understand all of that, but I find it odd that I noticed those things about my screen before ever seeing the LED information. I realize it's more than likely that my screen is messed up, or that I am just crazy, than for apple to have failed to update their specs to show such a big feature addition. But, I wonder if anyone else is noticing these things.
  4. thies macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2002
    Well, considering that everything else appears to be more or less identical to the last generation I'd be curious what else could explain the weight loss.

    Would also argue that the omission about mentioning LED backlighting in the specs on the Macbook might be purely psychological in regards to customers buying the Pro.

    Anyone up to cracking a new MB open to check? :D
  5. youyesyou macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2007
    Paris, France
    The LED display Panel was the feature i was waiting for. Good upgrade but i really missed the LED. I think we will see 13,3 MBP with LED display in january, with maybe a redesign of the MBP.

    I noticed this weight loss too but there was a redsign of the maiboard to get on santa rosa, and at the same time the X3100, maybe here is the point ?

    If this is the same ****** AUO display panel like the May upgrade : 9C5F / 42717C0, i will be really disspointed.

    Anyone with a new Macbook around ? I'm scarry :(
  6. dadudeness macrumors regular


    Oct 31, 2007
    LED or no LED - that's the question

    i'm pretty excited about the possibillity they just updated the panel to LED backlight silently and would really be happy if anyone could confirm that.

    in germany they wont be available until mid or end of next week so im on pins and needles here all the time... aaargh
  7. Salty Pirate macrumors 6502

    Salty Pirate

    Oct 5, 2005
    kansas city
    Honestly I was not crazy about the LED screen at first, but now I would not want a old style CF again. I had to mess with the color calibration, but I am in love with the uniform brightness. Also, it will not dim over time. I put it next to my brothers 17 powerbook 1.67 and his so was so dim and crappy looking.

    Very happy with LED backlight.
  8. Celeron macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2004
    I picked up a new MacBook last night. The box says the LCD backlight contains mercury, so I believe its your classic LCD backlight and not LED.
  9. tianuk3 macrumors member

    Oct 29, 2007
    are the standard (non LED) screens hazadous in anyway to the consumer?or is it just that they are energy wasting
  10. DaLurker macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2006
    CCFL backlighting is not as environmentally friendly when you want to throw it out and use more energy relative to the LED backlights.

    In terms of your exposure, they're not more hazardous to you.
  11. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    Not directly, no. However, the mercury is being phased out because it could end up in a landfill and then leach into ground water, etc (in addition to the other benefits of LED).
  12. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040


    May 16, 2006
    Central Florida!
    Mine comes tomorrow i will crack it open and post pics :)

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