What's the screen on the 2013 air like compared to that on the 2009 MBP

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mrsir2009, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

    mrsir2009

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    What's the screen on the 2013 air like compared to the screen on the 2009 MBP (I'm talking in particular about the 13" models). If someone's used both, it'd be useful to know!

    Thanks!
     
  2. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    Unless somebody has a brand new 2009 to compare, kind of difficult. Displays do wear out over time, so a new 2009 will look better than a worn 2009.

    When did Apple switched from backlit LCD to LED anybody knows?
     
  3. mrsir2009 thread starter macrumors 604

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    The 2009 has a LED display, and I don't think they really wear out over time like the LCD fluorescents did.
     
  4. fenderbass146 macrumors 65816

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    IMO I have had a 2009 13" pro and a 2011 air and 2013 air. The pro seemed to have better colors, but it may have just been an illusion because of the black border. What I can say about the air is the resolution being higher is real nice and it does not have nearly as bad of a glare compared to my 2009 laptop.
     
  5. mrsir2009 thread starter macrumors 604

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    Cool, thanks for your input! :)
     
  6. PadreQuevedo macrumors regular

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    Still pretty bad.

    Really bad vertical viewing angles. To be able to get a good viewing angle you have to move the display towards you as if you were closing the lid. So it basically forces you to look at the display diagonally....like this...O _\ instead of this O _l

    Resolution is good but quality is very bad. Every time I use my macbook air I miss IPS displays.
     
  7. ckeck macrumors 6502a

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    I don't notice this to any degree on my 2013 Air (or my 2012) which aside from the resolution are great IMO. However, there are some vast differences between the LG screen and Samsung screen on the Airs. Much more pronounced than the differences on the retinas.

    Was/is your display an LG by chance? I made certain I got Samsung panels in my last two Airs. Got lucky with the 2013 but had to swap a few 2012's to get the right one.
     

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