unibody Macbook vs new 13" Macbook Pro display comparison?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by deanshu, Jun 10, 2009.

  1. deanshu macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2008
    I had returned the unibody Macbook I bought last December primarily due to the low quality screen. I'm wondering if anyone has comparison photos between the two (especially at different viewing angles), as I'm seriously considering purchasing the 13" again.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Schtumple macrumors 601


    Jun 13, 2007
    Why not go to an Apple store for yourself an see?

    Give it about a week, that's when the majority of the moaning commitee will find something to complain about... If it's not related to the MBP, then buy it. :)

    By the sounds of it though, Apple did acknowledge that the uMB's screens just weren't great, which is why they boasted it at WWDC.
  3. deanshu thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2008
    My nearest Apple store is 40 minutes away...thanks for the suggestion, though. It'd also be easier for me to see the new one and the old one side by side so I have a frame of reference. :)
  4. andrew upstairs macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2009
    Downtown Los Angeles
    Apple stores will no longer have the unibody MacBooks on display.

    There have been comparison pics posted on this here forum, though. The new screens are immensely better.
  5. deanshu thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2008
    Hey Andrew,

    Thanks for the feedback... do you have a link to these pics? I searched for "screen comparison unibody macbook 13" macbook pro" on the forum (without the quotation marks, of course) and nothing related to what I was looking for turned up.

  6. Capt Crunch macrumors 6502

    Aug 26, 2001
    Washington, D.C.
    I know this is completely unscientific and I have no pictures to prove my comparison, but the new screens are much, much better. I bought a refurbished uMB and a 24" LED cinema display. The cinema display way waaaaay better than the uMB display, so much so that it slightly irked me (which says something). The new MBP Jr is not as good as the cinema display, but it's much closer. My wife even noticed without me mentioning it.
  7. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...the new MBP screens "must" be better - they're a "pro" product:p
  8. fpnc macrumors 68000

    Oct 30, 2002
    San Diego, CA
    I think there is growing evidence that the display panels in the new MacBook Pros (both 13" and 15") are the same as what were being shipped on the previous generation units. It is only the LED backlight that was changed and this is what was used to improve the color gamut by Apple's stated 60%.

    In the case of the 13" MacBook Pro, it looks like it is using the same panels that were used in the so-called silent update that took place back in late March or early April. That update reportedly made significant improvements in the viewing angles and black levels over what Apple shipped on the original Aluminum MacBook back last October.

    Thus, if you have a 13" Aluminum MacBook that was purchased in the last month or two (or more precisely, one that was manufactured in the last two months) then you may see little to no difference in the quality of the viewing angles or contrast ratios. However, the color gamut should be improved but it could be difficult to say how much "better" that will make the overall viewing experience.
  9. jecapaga macrumors 601


    Jul 1, 2007
    Southern California
    I'm too lazy to go through the process to post pics, sorry, but I'm posting this on a new 13" and the difference in screen quality from a macbook is pretty funny. Beautiful screen. None of the black issues or viewing angles.
  10. deanshu thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2008
    The one I returned was bought last December.

    Oh well, I expect Engadget or a similar site to post up comparison pics.

    Thanks for everyone's help, and it would still be great if someone could post up a pic of a unibody Macbook with the 13" Macbook Pro side by side.
  11. unagimiyagi macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
    I think that the color gamut improved in the sense that the colors pop a bit more. If I could live with the anemic battery life of the last gen macbook unibodies and macbook pros, I would absolutely have gotten the last gen 15" at a steal of a price. The battery life of the newest ones are dramatically improved.
  12. Philflow macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
    You can expect the new 13" MBP displays to be at least as good as the Macbook Air displays.

    One of the screen used is actually being used in the MBA (9c9f).
  13. shigzeo macrumors 6502a


    Dec 14, 2005
    well, i guess i don't understand why people who live 40 minutes away complain. i have never been closer to an apple store than about an hour and that was a small trip. now i am several countries away. 40 minutes is nothing if an excuse.
  14. Gregintosh macrumors 68000

    Jan 29, 2008
    Haha totally true. It takes me a bit over an hour to commute to the Sydney store from where I am staying using public transportation (which ain't nearly as comfy as one's own car) and I don't find it to be a big deal at all to go there.

    I also had an hour long commute (again via public transport) each way to both high school and college (8 years combined), and that wasn't a big deal either (and had to be done daily in the case of high school, and almost daily in college).

    To go 40 minutes (or similar) to a store to take a look at a purchase in person which you are considering investing over $1,000 into seems like an obvious and thing to do (part of due diligence when buying a product like this), especially given that it's a one time event (to check out the product) and it's for something that also occurs once in a year or two (buying a new computer).

    Plus, it's just FUN to visit an Apple store! I'd jump on any excuse to go there, especially if new products just launched. (In fact, I just visited the Sydney store today and had a look at the new MBPs, and they were interesting. I did notice that the colors did not fade into different shades as they did on prior models.)
  15. Slurpy2k8 macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2008
    Can ANYONE point me to a comparison of displays between the older 13' unibody and the new 13' pro? I've searched, and found absolutely NOTHING online about this, apart from a few words. I want to see some photos and detailed impressions of the screen quality. Its pretty ridiculous that none of the tech/apple blogs have this yet, since it's the first thing I would have done. I have the 13' unibody, and my decision to upgrade will hinge on the quality of the new screens. There's no Apple store where I am, and most places need like a month to get new units in. I'd order online, but thats why I need some reliable impressions/comparisons, etc about the screen first.
  16. larzy macrumors regular


    Nov 16, 2008
    I made a video of the "old" unibody macbook which I got 2 weeks ago - it has an updated screen compared to the ones introduced in october. But I returned it, and today I received the new Macbook Pro 13" - and the display is just as good - so the video might be helpful, although its not a comparison.

  17. Slurpy2k8 macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2008
    Thanks, but I'm not looking for the display to be 'just as good' as the old one- I'm looking for it to be significantly better, since Apple implied the 13' now has a 'pro' screen. The screen on the older unibody in no way, shape, or form compared to the pro screens.
  18. fpnc macrumors 68000

    Oct 30, 2002
    San Diego, CA
    My post from yesterday, which is just a few lines up from here, does a pretty good job of describing the situation with the new MacBook Pro display. There are also posts within this forum (again from yesterday) that have pictures comparing the new 13" to the previous generation 15" MacBook Pro (link is below).

  19. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

    Aug 13, 2008
    Kitchener, Ontario
    You misread his post. He was saying that his unibody macbook is one of the "silently updated" models that happened in April/May, which got newer panels that are on par with the panel in the Air. His new 13" MBP is just as good as his MB, so one would assume they are using the same quality panel.
  20. unagimiyagi macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
    The 13" screen is now absolutely in the top tier of 13" screens out there. I can't think of one that is better, and I've seen them all.

    It is absolutely a pro-level screen. I honestly would take a look at it, and if it's something besides the glare that makes it's not good enough, don't get a 13" laptop.

    I propose that we adopt the name macbook pro junior for the 13" model now.
  21. ddeadserious macrumors 6502a


    Jul 28, 2008
    Plymouth, MI
    The Apple store that I bought mine from last night didn't have them on display last night, nor this morning. The Macbooks were still out on display. The only place the 13" Pro was was in the window viewable from the rest of the mall.
  22. deanshu thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 7, 2008
    Hmm, that's odd. What are the contrast ratio of the new display vs the old displays?
  23. richard371 macrumors 68020

    Feb 1, 2008
    2 words. "night and day"

    night and day

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