Wednesday, June 06, 2007

More on Apple's new LED-backlit MacBook Pro

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Apple left a little mystery in their MacBook Pro announcement today, and being that this marks their first official release of an LED-backlit laptop we had to take out the guesswork and get confirmation on a few of our more burning questions.
  • All 15-inch MBPs now use LED-backlit displays standard; 17-inchers still use CCFL (cold cathode fluorescent)
  • Apple claims users can see a battery-life benefit of between 30 mins - 1 hour (depending on use). They did not have stats on exact efficiencies between LED and CCFL backlit displays.
  • The new LED backlight is the same brightness: 300 vs 300 nits of the previous gen's CCFL
  • The viewing angle is also the same as before
  • In other words, besides faster time from fully-off to full-brightness and an increase in battery life, Apple claims users should notice absolutely no perceivable difference between last-gen displays and the new LED-backlit ones.
Other bits
  • To clarify, MacBook Pros are using Santa Rosa, but MacBooks are not yet using Santa Rosa
  • Even though the MBP is 0.2 pounds lighter, we're still without an internal / integrated 3G option