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

amt2002

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Jul 18, 2008
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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?
 

bhattsan

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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.
 
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amt2002

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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
 
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npropes

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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.
 
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Vantage Point

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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
 
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Sirolway

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Jun 13, 2009
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you can pull some great batt. life simply by decreasing brightness.
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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