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Old Feb 20th, 2009, 11:58 AM   #1
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Wired Compares a MB Uni to older MBP 2.4

Interesting article from wired magazine comparing a 2.4SR MBP to a 2.4 Unibody MacBook. Pretty much echos the experience I had when I briefly had a MB Unibody and tried to use it as an "all in one" compromise between my MBA and older gen MBP. Especially the comments about the screen:

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The screen though, is truly awful. Maybe Iíll get used to it, or maybe Iíll have to hold on to my old Pro for serious photo work (a rather expensive option as I was planning to sell it to pay for the new one). Iím writing this piece on the new MB and for browsing and typing, the screen is starting to look fine. If I fire up Lightroom, though, and put it alongside the old MacBook Pro, it becomes clear that its more than just a FireWire port and a couple of inches of screen that differentiate the Pro line.
The entire thing is here:

Hands On: Old MacBook Pro vs New MacBook | Gadget Lab from Wired.com
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Yeah I've got to agree with the article; the Macbook screen is terrible. I have 2 of them and the backlighting is very uneven and it uses those weird <24bit displays that dithers colours to approximate 24bit color.
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There must be two different LCDs being put into the MacBook line... mine (an AppleCare replacement for my 1.83 1st-gen MacBook) is just gorgeous... far better, even lighting with the LED backlight than my last laptop. I wonder (save dismantling) how one would check the make of the LCD?
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I was all set to sell my MB Pro and buy a MB and a larger monitor but having compared the screens on the MB and the MBP its staggering how bad the MB's screen is and there's no way i'd be happy with it.
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that's kind of unfair to compare the screen from the "pro" line to the consumer macbook line. IF it was old MBP vs. new MBP then it'd be valid.
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I have set up a couple of new Macbooks for people and have to agree the screen is terrible. I keep wiping my eyes because I think my vision is going. Looks cloudy.

Has anyone compared to similar priced pee-cee laptops? I'm spoiled as my only experience is a decent Dell 30 incher. I even can't stand the MBP screen. Contrast and color change with every slight motion of my head.
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There must be two different LCDs being put into the MacBook line... mine (an AppleCare replacement for my 1.83 1st-gen MacBook) is just gorgeous... far better, even lighting with the LED backlight than my last laptop. I wonder (save dismantling) how one would check the make of the LCD?
My wife's unibody MacBook screen looks great too, even backlighting, great brightness and colours. My BlackBook 2.2 (late '07) looks terrible by comparison.
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that's kind of unfair to compare the screen from the "pro" line to the consumer macbook line. IF it was old MBP vs. new MBP then it'd be valid.
When you are paying over $1400, you have an absolute right to expect that they are using a quality screen.
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My wife's unibody MacBook screen looks great too, even backlighting, great brightness and colours. My BlackBook 2.2 (late '07) looks terrible by comparison.
As it should. The new MacBook screens are better than the old MacBook screens, if only because of the LED backlighting. Other than that though, they're basically the same old crap they've been throwing into the MacBook line every year.

Unfortunately, it seems like the only improvement they got was the LED backlighting. As a result, they still have the same bad contrast ratios and viewing angles the old MacBooks had.

Apple has always skimped on the displays for their consumer grade products (iBooks, 12" PowerBooks, MacBooks, 20" iMac) compared to their Pro grade counterparts (other PowerBooks, MacBook Pros, 24" iMac). If you're coming from a consumer grade Apple notebook, the new MacBook display is an upgrade in some respects. If you're coming from a Pro model though, it's definitely a downgrade. With the new MacBook almost being essentially a 13" MacBook Pro at a much lower price, it's not surprising that Apple had to do something to differentiate the line.
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So then, for those of us who may eventually upgrade from an earlier revision MacBook to the latest MBP, we'll be delighted.
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