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  • 15. Re: Latest Macbook Problems Resolved ?
    Swad Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Could you get him to post those pictures somewhere? Many of us would love to see them.
  • 16. Re: Latest Macbook Problems Resolved ?
    Randall Schulz Level 3 Level 3 (800 points)
    It was explained here that there’s an optically active later between the light source and the surface (I’m not sure which side of the LCD layer it’s on) that “steers” the light output to be stronger along the axis perpendicular to the screen. The effect of this layer becomes very noticeable when you view the screen off-axis. So much so that at normal viewing distances the angles formed are sufficient to notice the effects of this layer, especially along the up / down axis.

    I’d probably have left it out it, but I didn’t design the thing and what’s more, they didn’t come and ask me first!


    Randall Schulz

    iMac 20" Core Duo; MacBook Pro Mac OS X (10.4.6)
  • 17. Re: Latest Macbook Problems Resolved ?
    PDE Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)
    It was explained here that there’s an optically
    active later between the light source and the surface
    (I’m not sure which side of the LCD layer it’s on)
    that “steers” the light output to be stronger along
    the axis perpendicular to the screen. The effect of
    this layer becomes very noticeable when you view the
    screen off-axis. So much so that at normal viewing
    distances the angles formed are sufficient to notice
    the effects of this layer, especially along the up /
    down axis.

    I’d probably have left it out it, but I didn’t design
    the thing and what’s more, they didn’t come and ask
    me first!


    Randall Schulz

    iMac 20"
    Core Duo; MacBook Pro Mac OS X (10.4.6)


    Thanks Randall for the explanation. I think the problem for me is that even when I look straight on, the illumination distribution is not even from bottom to top and from right to left. Because of this whites look different depending on where there are on the display and that's something I can't accept. I'm used to LCDs being a little brighter at the bottom, but not difference from side to side.

    The limited viewing horizontal and vertical viewing angles is not something I like, but I can learn to work around it as long as the display is evenly illuminated. I wish Apple had figured out another way to enhance brightness - or just license Sony's great display technology. Given the availability of superb LCDs today, there is no excuse for Apple to use a display in a professional notebook with these limitations.

    At the same time, I was for a little while considering going back to a powerbook again and when I looked at the powerbook display I realized I'm not hooked on the brightness of the macbook pro LCDs and can't go back. So, I hope my replacement is a little better and that I will learn to live with it. It seems most people are happy with the display so I'm sure I can learn to be too.
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