The ergonomics (see pictures above)
The ergonomics of laptop screens is by definition absent or inappropriate here.
As for the screen settings, they can only be made in brightness on the keyboard or in the System Preferences > Monitor. Very light but finally not at all embarrassing.
What is the Retina screen of Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch after calibration with the i1Display Pro worth?
So I calibrated a 15-inch Retina MacBook Pro 2017/2018 with my i1Display Pro sensor. These are the P3 panel models.
BEFORE CALIBRATING your Apple laptop - It is essential to first disable two display options on your MacBook Pro if you want to properly calibrate your Apple laptop. To do this, go to "System Preferences > Energy Saving" then "System Preferences > Monitors":
- Disable the energy saving option of lowering the brightness of your screen when you are not connected to the power grid,
- Disable the "Automatically adjust brightness" option.
My recommendation! Once the calibration is done, you can still check these options if you want to manage your energy consumption as closely as possible, but at least you will have a correct ICC profile.
I choose the following screen settings:
I calibrated this screen - like all the screens I test - with the best current sensor (except the superlative and very expensive Discus) in an excellent price/quality ratio: the i1 Display Pro + logiciel i1Profiler software (version 1.7.2) in order to be able to locate this new screen compared to the screens on the market. You will see that the figures are already barely believable if you remain convinced that Apple panels are only used to look pretty on a desk!
- Gamut: no choice! (DCI-P3 by default)
- Gamma: no choice! (2,2 by default)
- Contrast: no choice!
- Color temperature: no choice (6500 K by default)
And as target values in the i1Profiler 1.7.2 software...
- Display technology: Choose white diodes,
- D65 or possibly a little less if you want a slightly warmer screen. (Note that at D55, the screen is really warm but not yellow like on cheap monitors),
- Luminance : 100 Cd/m2 or more depending on your main use (printing or web) and especially the brightness of your room,
- Contrast: Native,
- Gamma : 2,2 – standard curve,
- ICC norm: V2 (to avoid incompatibility problems with some image viewing software (images too dark) and obviously V4 if you know what you are doing).
- ADC Function: enabled
- Automatic room light control function: disabled.
And the result is?
First subjective impressions after this calibration...
Well, it's a wonderful surprise! Never seen before, even for a laptop. It is a perfect screen for any photographer who needs to retouch while on the move or take pictures in connected mode. The combination: white diode IPS panel, Retina panel, new generation P3 gamut panel really works very well, especially by displaying very subtle grayscales without any tone breaks and colours with great precision on a homogeneous panel. Never seen before in my case on a laptop, worthy of an Eizo CS2420 monitor if I can dare!
Objective data : what does the final report say after calibration?
Before switching to Delta E, it is interesting to note the color temperature values achieved and the contrast of this Retina Apple panel.
My opinion: Achieving a color temperature (CT) of 6519K for 6500K requested is a nice score on a laptop screen (like for the 13-inch screen)! Note - and enjoy! - the 1650:1 contrast on a laptop as well (even stronger than on the 13-inch). You will therefore not have any contrast problems with this screen even this one does not use OLED technology.
Now, let's move on to the famous Delta E after calibration according to the 2000 standard which I use for the calibration of all the monitors on this site:
My opinion! The average Delta E standard 2000 is 0.37, as on the MacBook Pro 13'' 2017/2018 and the worst patch has a value of 1.11 (even better than on the 13''), well below the 2 where the eye can start to perceive significant differences! These are values worthy of high-end screens such as "Graphic Art" and not of a "vulgar" laptop. According to my tests it is a first with its little brother, the 13-inch MacBook Pro.
Now the harmonization tests in luminance and color temperature:
Frankly, getting such values on a laptop screen is a nice surprise. It is therefore perfectly possible to consider working under good conditions on this screen even if 15-Inch remains small... but it is another debate that I am addressing on this page dedicated to the 4K...!
Unlike the particularly homogeneous 13-inch, the 15-inch shows a small sign of weakness in the upper left corner of my test copy purchased in stores. However, I hadn't seen anything with the naked eye. Only my sensor noted it. Nothing serious then!