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

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

  1. amt2002 macrumors regular

    Jul 18, 2008
    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

    Aug 4, 2008
  3. bhattsan macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2010
    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 regular

    Jul 18, 2008
    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


    Jul 3, 2010
    Boca Raton, FL
    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

    Jul 2, 2010
    Winnipeg, Canada
    It really depends on what kind of environment I'm in, but usually I'm under 50% brightness.
  7. Patdt13 macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2008
    When its plugged in its at 100%, when its not its at 50-75%
  8. npropes macrumors member

    Jul 20, 2010
    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

    Aug 3, 2009
    I kept mine on about 40-60% when I had a 13in.
  10. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2010
    New Jersey
    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

    Jun 13, 2009
    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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