Washed out colors on 2011 Mac Book Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by rimmi2002, Jul 29, 2011.

  1. rimmi2002 macrumors member

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    I just switched from a 2011 Macbook Pro to a 2011 MacBook Air. I am pretty happy with the performance of the machine, but the colors just seems washed out and not as vibrant as the Macbook Pro. I am having a hard time adjusting...kinda eating away at me. I have a samsung panel...I looked around for thread and decreased contrast all the way down, that improved things a little bit but not too much....any other recc'd on making this any better. I might have to return this MBA if I am not able to change it or get used to it. Thanks for the help!
     
  2. KPOM macrumors G5

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    The Pros have always had better screens than the Airs. Try calibrating it, but it won't ever be as good as what you are used to.
     
  3. hcho3 macrumors 68030

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    If you are not happy with it, then return it. Btw, you are really picky.

    MBP has better screen than MBA with exception on 13 MBP.
     
  4. PlayHard macrumors member

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    Calibrate it

    Out of the box, they look washed out. Before returning, try calibrating. Download SuperCal and try the free version just to see how dramatic a change it can make. If you like it, buy it and re-calibrate.
     
  5. rimmi2002 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah unfortunately I am. Screen quality is the most important for a comp. One of the main reasons I have liked apple so much is that they always have the best screen quality around. This MBA is a big step down. I'll try calibrating it. Thanks.
     
  6. OSMac macrumors 65816

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    It's a lower contrast panel,
    you can boost the gamma using a calibration tool,
    but it will still fall short of the Pro screen.

    Air is all about being thin, quiet, instant on, etc., even at the expense of a lower display quality.

    I'd still take an Air over a Macbook Pro unless I was mostly using it on a desk.
     
  7. Fugue macrumors 6502

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    I wanted to replace my 13" Pro for a 13" Air as well, but I ultimately decided against it. Like you mentioned, the screen of the Air was a major turnoff. The resolution was higher, but the colors were less vibrant. This is due to the lower color gamut. The MBA is just too washed out, and personally, I find the thickness of the MBP much more comfortable.
     
  8. rimmi2002 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yeah the more I use it, the more washed out the colors look. I tired calibrating it, but most likely I am not doing it right since they all come out looking worse than the original.

    I was wondering how does the 11 inch MBA compare to the 13 inch in terms of display?
     
  9. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    SuperCal doesn't work in Lion as it needs Rosetta.




    Reportedly a lot better

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXVcASL5v7s&feature=youtube_gdata_player
     
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  12. MRU macrumors demi-god

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    1) really? It broke for me when upgrading to Lion and said it needed Rosetta. Gave me the icon with the translucent no go warning.. Must re-download from the website as it's a fantastic programme.

    Yes but things haven't changed in the 2011 refresh. The same applies.
     

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