What brightness level do you have your 13" Macbook Pro on?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by amt2002, Jul 29, 2010.

  1. amt2002 macrumors member

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    Under normal office lighting, I find anything other than 100% brightness seems too dark.

    But I've been getting huge amounts of eye strain so am wondering whether to turn in down some more, say to 50-75%, but worried that will strain my eyes even more :rolleyes:

    What do you guys have your 13" set to, assuming good ambient lighting?
     
  2. jshelton macrumors 6502a

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  3. bhattsan macrumors member

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    I keep it around 50% around natural light. 100% is too much brightness IMO and you can pull some great batt. life simply by decreasing brightness.
     
  4. amt2002 thread starter macrumors member

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    Must be me being used to it I guess.

    Got it around 50% now and seems so dark - will persevere :D
     
  5. Hisdem macrumors 6502a

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    I usually have it either at 50 or 1, not much difference to me. I use 1 bar most of the time :)
     
  6. chrisvee macrumors regular

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    It really depends on what kind of environment I'm in, but usually I'm under 50% brightness.
     
  7. Patdt13 macrumors 6502

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    When its plugged in its at 100%, when its not its at 50-75%
     
  8. npropes macrumors member

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    It's very dependent on the environment that you're in. If it is relatively dark with no lights behind you, then under 25% works fine. If you're going to have a window behind you in the daytime, then 100% is generally needed.

    The lower you can keep the backlight, the better your battery life will be.
     
  9. altecXP macrumors 65816

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    I kept mine on about 40-60% when I had a 13in.
     
  10. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

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    I'm a photographer so I need my monitors calibrated for accurate color and brightness. Brightness is critical to standardize so 1) other people with calibrated monitors see the same thing I see, and 2) prints match what I see -- prints that are too dark are often a result of a monitor that is set too bright so the photo is darkened when edited to 'look correct' on the monitor but is in reality too dark by print standards.

    I am typing this from my calibrated iMac but this and my MBP are calibrated to 110 CD/m2 (candles/meter squared) which works for image editing and is also easy on the eyes. As I recall, this setting is roughly 60% and the brightness slider is placed around where the 'ss' is on brightness in the display settings in System Preferences
     
  11. Sirolway macrumors 6502

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    Agreed. For this reason I keep brightness at about 20% while on battery & 80% when plugged in.
    I'd kind of like to be able to set these as defaults when on battery power in Power Management, but I guess if you start adding everything the Mac OSX interface just gets too fiddly, and hitting the buttons on the keyboard is easy enough ..
     

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