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  • Nick A Level 4 Level 4 (1,465 points)
    Two reviews which compared the new MacBook and MacBook Pro in the same review have both noted that the former's screen is lacking compared to the latter's. In fact, Engadget calls it "crappier". Personally, I said the same exact thing when I saw them in the store. They are definitely lacking the mojo the Pro's screen has, and it's not calibration. I also think the screen on the original Air was slightly more vivid and brighter than the current MacBook's.

    http://www.engadget.com/2008/10/21/macbook-and-macbook-pro-review/2
    http://gizmodo.com/5063492/macbook-and-macbook-pro-dual-review

    Note: In the Engadget review, the picture right under the paragraph they call the MacBook's screen crappy show the old MacBook, the new one, and the Air next to each other. Notice the brightness and colours on the Air versus the new MacBook to its left. I realise the picture is from a distance, but up close the differences are truly obvious to the discerning eye.
  • David. Level 4 Level 4 (2,145 points)
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    +I'm just wondering if the people who are complaining about the new MAcbook's screen have calibrated their displays. I was also unhappy with the quality of the display out of the box. I took the time to calibrate the display using the expert mode and it was a little better. I was considering taking a hit for the restocking fee and returning it for the Macbook Pro. However, I went through the calbration process a second time and now the display is perfect. I stopped at my local Apple store today and compared the Macbook and the Macbook Pro side-by-side and the displays are idcentical except for the size and resolution."+
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    WOW! I have to disagree with you and agree with a number of other posters here, as well as the review by engadget regarding the screens. The MBP has far more latitude in viewing angle than the MB. It's not even close! Look at the MB from a high angle and it's all washed out, and look at it from a low angle and it's like looking at reversed video--the blacks turn green. I don't think you really looked carefully enough at the two models, as the effect is very pronounced. As I read the Engadget review, I thought, gee, someone else sees EXACTLY what I noticed between the two models.
  • explorz Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    Here here. I agree 100%. The two displays are completely different and no amount of calibration will improve the Macbook's minimal latitude in viewing angle.
  • David. Level 4 Level 4 (2,145 points)
    THey got that review "right on". The MB screen IS "crappy" IMO. The MBP's screen has far more vertical latitude. I recently returned a brand new Toshiba Satellite laptop for the same issue as the MB's--washed out screen at high angles and "reverse video" look at low angles. When I moved my viewpoint literally one inch (at normal viewing distance), I could see the image change. AAMOF, with the top portion of the screen looking ok, the bottom inch or so was greatly washed out (high viewing angle, on the Satellite 15.4" screen). The MB screen, being smaller, at 13.3 didn't have as much of an issue with part of the screen looking comparatively better than a lower section, but the viewing "sweet spot" is still extremely narrow, to my eyes. All in all, a VERY unsatisfying screen, at any price. And that's before getting into the extreme glossiness...UGH!
  • Alan3 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've got a white macbook and the screen is just on this side of acceptable. I would have much preferred a matte screen. I looked at the MBA in the store and it's even worse. There's no way I going to buy one even though I could use the extra house power for Aperture. What's a poor boy to do. I can only hope the Mini gets upgraded to the same specs as the MBA. For the first time in years I thought about windoooooows. It was only for a few days and I've come back to my senses. Still, Apple sure is getting into some glitzy junk as of late.
  • Nick A Level 4 Level 4 (1,465 points)
    $1599 on the higher end model, versus $1799 for basic Air is not that much of a difference to justify a dodgy screen (at least not in my opinion).
  • cantonuc Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi, someone have some information about if this new line of macbook means the end of macbook white production??, I hope doesn't mean an end, 'cause the new model isn't so elegant and brilliant as the white model.

    Any information please,

    Thank you very much.
  • Nick A Level 4 Level 4 (1,465 points)
    The White MacBook is still available on Apple's website and in its stores.
  • Andrew Rennard Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)
    After directly comparing the (original) Air to the new Macbook in-store, the difference was great enough to convince me to buy the Air. If the MB's screen had been as good as the Air's, if would have been a no-brainer.

    Fortunately, Apple has some good deals on refurb Airs at the moment, so I snapped one up. But if I'd have been looking at paying full-price for an Air...or buying a new Macbook with a (honestly) flawed screen...I'd probably have just walked away and made do with my old Macbook until the next revision.

    The Macbook is a great, great laptop totally flawed by three things: it's seriously inferior screen, the extreme glossiness of the display, and it's lack of Firewire.
  • rmedalla Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Why is there so much angst about something that Apple never promised? The Macbook's display works great for the intended purpose - viewed from directly in front of the MB with the display at an angle perpendicular to your line of sight. I don't know about the rest of you but I'm not in the habit of working to one side of the computer or sitting scrunched up with my chin on the desk. If you do that then you'll have bigger problems than the Macbook display.

    Apple has never stated that the Macbook's display is as good as the Macbook Pro. The 2 notebook lines are clearly separated by features on the Pro that Apple thinks is required by graphics professionals. So if you are a graphics pro or someone whose expectations of display characteristics match those of graphics pros then you should have just purchased the appropriate tool for the job. don't go and buy the cheaper "consumer" model then expect the same quality.
  • Peter K. Grether Level 4 Level 4 (2,885 points)
    Today I returned my Macbook 2.4 and exchanged for a Macbook Pro 2.4.

    It was just having too much difficulty with the display. It was either too washed out, or too Black, and any time I moved, I would have to adjust the display.

    It was a great size, and I was excited to downsize from my previous Macbook Pro. The display on the Macbook Pro, as others have said is far better than the Macbook display.

    So I am now heavier, more poor, but will know I can live with this computer until I upgrade again.
  • explorz Level 1 Level 1 (45 points)
    You've got to be kidding - right? Why put us down for our very real and very valid experiences? If you actually think and actually explore even a modicum of compassion, then you will understand our "angst."
  • Sergio69 Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    rmedalla wrote:


    Why is there so much angst about something that Apple never promised? The Macbook's display works great for the intended purpose




    Hi guys!



    From what I can read then MacBook Pro display is way better than the MacBook alu one, but how do the "old" MacBook displays compare to the new MacBook alu ones?



    I've got a 1st gen black MacBook ("boosted" with a 2 gig RAM and a 7200 rpm 160 gig HD) and considering to switch to a new 2.4 MacBook alu, but all these complaints about the screen poor quality make me think about waiting another 6 months or so for the 2nd release of the MacBook alu...



    Thanks in advance and Ciao!



    Sergio
  • rmedalla Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    All I'm saying is that the Macbook line has always had inferior displays to the Macbook Pros. Too many "me too" posts complain about the same thing without taking into account the target market of the Macbook - which is certainly not the Graphics Professional market. I've owned and used Mac notebooks since the Powerbook 520c and the current Macbook's display is certainly not as horrendous as a lot of you imply. Or are you going to claim that viewing the Macbook's display the ergonomically correct way is a terrible experience?
  • nikhil4 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Well.. sure it does.. the only problem being.. its laptop..
    u cant just expect ppl to keep their laptops on a table in front to use it everytime just to get the straight viewing angle....
    i mean.. its a ""LAPtop""..!!!!
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