Yellow tint on 15" Retina Macbook Pro?

Raima

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Hey everyone,

I recently got my 15" retina macbook pro screen replace because of a faulty hinge.

The previous screen was a samsung and I was very happy with it.

When I got this macbook back, I was a bit surprised by the colour. I thought it was a bit off, but gave them the benefit of the doubt.

When I ran the screen test, it came back as a LP154WT1-SJA2.

I took it home as as I looked between my iMac 27" and the Retina Macbook Pro, you can see the distinct difference.

LP154WT1-SJA2 Yellow Tint.jpeg

I've included a pic of the colour difference. The iMac is on the left while the Macbook Pro is on the right.

I'm a bit torn on whether to take it back. It is used for business and I do image editing, so colour is important. I'm going to be without it for at least 3 days.

What are your thoughts on this?
 

Apple fanboy

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Hey everyone,

I recently got my 15" retina macbook pro screen replace because of a faulty hinge.

The previous screen was a samsung and I was very happy with it.

When I got this macbook back, I was a bit surprised by the colour. I thought it was a bit off, but gave them the benefit of the doubt.

When I ran the screen test, it came back as a LP154WT1-SJA2.

I took it home as as I looked between my iMac 27" and the Retina Macbook Pro, you can see the distinct difference.

View attachment 469417

I've included a pic of the colour difference. The iMac is on the left while the Macbook Pro is on the right.

I'm a bit torn on whether to take it back. It is used for business and I do image editing, so colour is important. I'm going to be without it for at least 3 days.

What are your thoughts on this?
Take it back? Why would you do that? It's not faulty. You just need to calibrate it. By yourself a ColorMunki display, calibrate both displays and they will match.
If colour is important, a calibrator is a must.
 

Raima

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Take it back? Why would you do that? It's not faulty. You just need to calibrate it. By yourself a ColorMunki display, calibrate both displays and they will match.
If colour is important, a calibrator is a must.
Thanks for the response.

Your idea lead me to try to calibrate the display using the built in tools, but I can not get the calibrations right as the screen is tinted and can not display the range the iMac is displaying.

I also took another pic with a Macbook Air and you can see how far off the colour is.

LP154WT1-SJA2 Yellow Tint 2.jpeg

I think I'm going to have to take this back.
 

Apple fanboy

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Thanks for the response.

Your idea lead me to try to calibrate the display using the built in tools, but I can not get the calibrations right as the screen is tinted and can not display the range the iMac is displaying.

I also took another pic with a Macbook Air and you can see how far off the colour is.

View attachment 469419

I think I'm going to have to take this back.
So you clearly don't understand it's not faulty. You need a colormeter to calibrate it. Using the built in tools will not fix it. Nor will exchanging it. You don't have a faulty screen, just two mix matched colour temperatures. The only way round this issue is to buy (or borrow) a colormeter.
 

Fimeg

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Jun 12, 2013
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When you calibrate it (Using Apples Tools - it will work), leave most initial settings at their defaults. Wait until the end to adjust the white balance. I have the EXACT same issue, but I've made it manageable. Only weird yellow I see is when the mac is doing a software update and not using the calibrated profile.
 

Raima

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So you clearly don't understand it's not faulty. You need a colormeter to calibrate it. Using the built in tools will not fix it. Nor will exchanging it. You don't have a faulty screen, just two mix matched colour temperatures. The only way round this issue is to buy (or borrow) a colormeter.
I gave you the benefit of the doubt and did some more research into ColorMunki.

I hopped onto Youtube and watched a demonstration of the ColorMunki in action. I don't believe colormunki or any colormeter will help, as the current screen output of white light is tinted and there is no way for the screen to compensate for it. Trying to compensate is like trying to adjust the back light color while there is a yellow filter in front of it.

It seems a lot more people also have the same issue.

A user by the name of Merch Visoiu said

You can try buying a colour calibrator: it will make the display look a little less horrible but the colours will still be wrong and the whites will be any random colour but white. You can move the target white point up past 7500 K to make the display hidiously blue instead of hideously yellow. And there's no reason to think that these yellow displays are not defective just because Apple gave them to us.
There clearly is a quality issue with the new Retina Macbook Pro screens.

When you calibrate it (Using Apples Tools - it will work), leave most initial settings at their defaults. Wait until the end to adjust the white balance. I have the EXACT same issue, but I've made it manageable. Only weird yellow I see is when the mac is doing a software update and not using the calibrated profile.
It sounds like your yellow tinting may not be that bad if you're able to correct it. I'm happy that it's worked for you.

I've tried using the calibration tools within apple and can not get it anywhere near what it used to look like on the old display or like the iMac/MBA that I have.The yellow tint is too far off the scale to white.
 

Quu

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I bought a colour meter to calibrate a rMBP with similar yellow to this. I could only make it look overly blue even with a £170 datacolor calibrator (Spyder Elite).

In my opinion some of these displays Apple is shipping are just completely rubbish and unable to display a proper white. It just goes from yellow (warm) to blue (cold) with no white in the middle.

Take it back, get it replaced.
 

iChrist

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So you clearly don't understand it's not faulty. You need a colormeter to calibrate it. Using the built in tools will not fix it. Nor will exchanging it. You don't have a faulty screen, just two mix matched colour temperatures. The only way round this issue is to buy (or borrow) a colormeter.

Wow, you can tell a lot by looking at a tiny jpg. :rolleyes:

Obviously, there is a well documented issue with most of Apple's screens, and guess what? Apple doesn't care because most people spend $3k and take whatever junk they get in return.
 

Robster3

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Dec 13, 2012
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Hey everyone,

I recently got my 15" retina macbook pro screen replace because of a faulty hinge.

The previous screen was a samsung and I was very happy with it.

When I got this macbook back, I was a bit surprised by the colour. I thought it was a bit off, but gave them the benefit of the doubt.

When I ran the screen test, it came back as a LP154WT1-SJA2.

I took it home as as I looked between my iMac 27" and the Retina Macbook Pro, you can see the distinct difference.

View attachment 469417

I've included a pic of the colour difference. The iMac is on the left while the Macbook Pro is on the right.

I'm a bit torn on whether to take it back. It is used for business and I do image editing, so colour is important. I'm going to be without it for at least 3 days.

What are your thoughts on this?
I had my screen replaced a month ago for a creaky hinge under warranty, i had a Samsung too and came back as a SJ2 same as yours. Mine was good i adjusted the white a bit as i have done with most mac's i have had. If it was like your's i would take it back.
Why 3 days, mine was done in 3 hours?
 

andrewj44

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Sep 26, 2017
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Take it back? Why would you do that? It's not faulty. You just need to calibrate it. By yourself a ColorMunki display, calibrate both displays and they will match.
If colour is important, a calibrator is a must.
You can't properly calibrate it. It is appallingly bad. That is factory calibrated. How is that acceptable?? I had one exactly the same. 4 replacements no difference. How that gets past quality control is beyond me. Actually no... the reason it gets past/passed is they have done their sums and know that a certain percentage of users wont even notice it. Enough users to still return a profit. Apple have become a cheap greed machine. I still use my 2011 matte anti glare screen MBP which is perfectly calibrated. It's a shame I am on my 4th logic board but will keep replacing it each time it fails because I have yet to see another display on any later Apple laptop that is acceptable.
 

Apple fanboy

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You can't properly calibrate it. It is appallingly bad. That is factory calibrated. How is that acceptable?? I had one exactly the same. 4 replacements no difference. How that gets past quality control is beyond me. Actually no... the reason it gets past/passed is they have done their sums and know that a certain percentage of users wont even notice it. Enough users to still return a profit. Apple have become a cheap greed machine. I still use my 2011 matte anti glare screen MBP which is perfectly calibrated. It's a shame I am on my 4th logic board but will keep replacing it each time it fails because I have yet to see another display on any later Apple laptop that is acceptable.
Factory calibrated means nothing. If it did they wouldn't sell calibration devices for home use.
People complain their screen is too blue, people complain their screen is too yellow.

We all see colour different. So how exactly can they get them all the same? Calibrate your screen if it matters to you.
Your eyes will have got used to your 2011 machine. Unless it's been calibrated with a colorimeter every few weeks, I guarantee it's not perfectly calibrated.
 

andrewj44

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Sep 26, 2017
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Factory calibrated means nothing. If it did they wouldn't sell calibration devices for home use.
People complain their screen is too blue, people complain their screen is too yellow.

We all see colour different. So how exactly can they get them all the same? Calibrate your screen if it matters to you.
Your eyes will have got used to your 2011 machine. Unless it's been calibrated with a colorimeter every few weeks, I guarantee it's not perfectly calibrated.
The displays are faulty. The problem is you can't use them for colour critical work. No, I understand that a laptop screen will never be as good as a quality external screen for professional photo editing etc but many of the retinas are so way off the mark it's ridiculous. There are threads everywhere on the net regarding this issue. All you need to do is put a colour correct screen next to one of these Retina's and photograph it. Even after you have used every method under the sun to calibrate it it is still rubbish. Fine if you are using your laptop for watching movies or office work or surfing the net...who cares.
 

Apple fanboy

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The displays are faulty. The problem is you can't use them for colour critical work. No, I understand that a laptop screen will never be as good as a quality external screen for professional photo editing etc but many of the retinas are so way off the mark it's ridiculous. There are threads everywhere on the net regarding this issue. All you need to do is put a colour correct screen next to one of these Retina's and photograph it. Even after you have used every method under the sun to calibrate it it is still rubbish. Fine if you are using your laptop for watching movies or office work or surfing the net...who cares.
I use a NEC hardware calibration screen for my photographic work. But a calibrated Apple screen is better than a 'factory calibrated screen'.