tb MBP 2016 screen not much brighter

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mbp2016w, Jan 24, 2017.

  1. mbp2016w macrumors newbie

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    Hi there,

    Just wondering if your screen are similar. For my screen to be as bright as my 2013 MBA, I have to put it at around 1 or 2 dots from the max: it just seems dull lower than that and I see a lot of people talking about going 60%-70% of brightness. Are your screen similar to my case or really brighter than before?

    Also, the increase doesn't seem to be linear: going from 40% to 60% doesn't increase the brightness by much but 90% to 100% is a huge jump?

    Thanks
     
  2. white7561 macrumors newbie

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  3. mbp2016w thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Just turned it off. It still seems dull from 60 to 80%.
     
  4. white7561 macrumors newbie

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    Umm. Strange... It should be better than the old display
     
  5. Brookzy macrumors 601

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    A few things are going on here, to optimise battery life, and keep brightness proportionate to the ambient conditions:
    • The brightness scale is now logarithmic. A one-notch jump at high brightness levels will cause a greater increase in brightness than a one-notch jump at low brightness levels.
    • The brightness scale is relative to the ambient brightness. In darker conditions, this allows more fine-tuning of your preferred screen brightness - the exception is that 100% stays at 100%, hence the jump you are seeing from 90% to 100%.
    • 100% isn't really maximum brightness: much like iPhone 7, the "boost" brightness (from 300 to 500 nits) is not user-adjusted but instead is automatic for situations like direct sunlight. 500 nits is positively blinding in a dimly-lit room. Thus you can only achieve peak brightness with automatically adjust brightness turned on, and when in direct sunlight (or equivalent).
     
  6. mbp2016w thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks!
     
  7. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

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    Interesting... does this apply to the LG 4K Ultrafine Display? I have it and it looks really bright at max. setting, but I am not sure if it is truly 500 nits at that setting. Would you know?
     
  8. Brookzy macrumors 601

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    It shouldn't apply to the LG displays yet because their ambient light sensors are (still!) not enabled by macOS. In other words, 100% brightness should be ~500 nits on the LG UltraFine 4K and 5K. This may change with a macOS update (or may have already changed in High Sierra - I've not tested that yet).
     

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