Look. You just picked up your brand new MacBook Air and set everything up to your liking…first, Congratulations!!
Assuming that you picked up a brand new mid-2011 MacBook Air, it’s worth noting that the MacBook Air displays are built by two different companies – Samsung and LG. Both build stellar quality products however the displays have differing characters depending on which company built your display.
Most of the users seem to favor the Samsung display’s color scheme and say that the LG panels, when compared side-by-side especially, tend to have lighter and flatter color scheme. I personally have the LG panel and noticed this. While I didn’t have any problems with the default settings, calibrating my screen made my display…well, much “prettier’.
More after the jump.
The simplest means of calibrating your LG display is downloading a calibration profile that other users have set up on their computers. People have different preference with color schemes but after trying out a couple, I found the combination that I liked and have been using it since.
How to Check if you have the LG Panel
- Launch Terminal (Applications -> Utilities -> Terminal)
- Copy the following and paste onto Terminal, then press Return.
ioreg -lw0 | grep IODisplayEDID | sed "/[^<]*</s///" | xxd -p -r | strings -6
- From the series of model-number-looking letters & numbers, you’re looking for “LP” for LG Panels. If you get “LT”, congratulations, you have the Samsung panel!
Install Custom Calibration Profile
- Download any (or all) of the following profiles. These files are user profiles created by members at MacRumors. The profiles are all different so feel free to try the different profiles out. Here’s the link to the original forum thread.
Expert Calibrated 205 (bp1000)
LG Calibrated (baxtr)
Custom MacRumors (justywusty)
- Copy the downloaded file to Macintosh/Library/ColorSync/Profiles/Displays
- Select Color LCD (for CustomMacRumors.icc) or other profile that you downloaded