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Screens and prints (MacBook Pro)

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I am considering getting the new 16 inch MacBook Pro M1 Max. I would like to know if the screen is fine for getting first rate prints. I am used to the IMac 2017 which has allowed me to get excellent prints—that is to say I can get the print to match what I see on the screen. I would think with calibration the laptop’s screen could work fine for proofing and printing, but I have noticed that people often combine a laptop with a large external screen and while I’d love to do that too, I would like to avoid the expense if the printed results are just as good. Thank you.
 
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He is not choosing an icc-profile because you cannot choose an icc-profile. You can choose one of Apple’s “presets” and change that (like he shows), but these “presets” are not icc-profiles.
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Thanks so much for the link Johan. From what I see here it looks like it won’t work with a new MBP. But maybe there is a work-around method. I’ll look into it!
I think the answer given by Apple in the link is ”no”.
 
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Another way to use that old iMac is with software that uses a network connection to let one computer extend its desktop on the display of another computer. Duet Air is one solution, if you’re OK paying $19.99 a year. I have not tried it. Duet started out as a way to let a Mac use an iPad as a second display, then they expanded that capability to Macs and PCs.

(Note that I am not talking about a common VNC solution, because those are for the different problem of using one computer to control another.)
 
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Another way to use that old iMac is with software that uses a network connection to let one computer extend its desktop on the display of another computer. Duet Air is one solution, if you’re OK paying $19.99 a year. I have not tried it. Duet started out as a way to let a Mac use an iPad as a second display, then they expanded that capability to Macs and PCs.

(Note that I am not talking about a common VNC solution, because those are for the different problem of using one computer to control another.)
That might work. I didn’t know that Duet now also works with computers. I have only used it with an iPad.
 

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Hi all,
I am glad I found this thread which clarified a few things on how to setup my freshly arrived Macbook Pro 16 inch!

The screen is excellent, but there is something special: you cannot calibrate it with the usual tools. You can make an icc-profile with those tools, but you cannot select that profile in System Preferences - Display.
https://www.macrumors.com/2021/10/28/how-to-custom-calibrate-macbook-pro-xdr-display/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLl01EjHU3Q
Indeed I found the video from ArtIsRight excellent, and I thought that dialling down the luminosity from the Photography preset would "do the trick".
By "do the trick" I mean get decent color accuracy and similar luminosity to my trusty late-2013 MacbookPro (15 inch - I know many buyers of the new MBP had been holding onto their 2013-2015 MBPs due to the lack of connectivity on intermediate iterations... anyways, I am diverging!).

However I noticed my Mac wouldn't accept a luminosity lower than 48 nits, which is an issue as this is still brighter than what I had on the 2013 MBP, which seemed pretty much consistent with the few prints I did, plus I had stopped receiving comments my photos were too dark, once I had adjusted the said 2013 MBP luminosity.
On my 2013 MBP (Big Sur OS), the luminosity is on a scale of 0 to 16, and my go-to setting was 5/16, whereas the 2021 Macbook Pro at 48 nits equates to around 7/16, which I am afraid will be too bright.

Has anyone printed photos from their 2021 Macbooks with the XDR display, seen what worked in terms of luminosity for consistency?
 

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Perhaps I'll clarify what I meant by the scale of 0 to 16. I am referring to the luminosity display that shows when adjusting luminosity via the keyboard with F1/F2.
Both my 2021 and 2013 Mac have the same 0-16 scale, so I went on to did another test:
I switched to the standard presets of the M1 macbook pro (Apple XDR Display), where I can adjust luminosity with F1/F2, and found out that both Macs match at the same level (5 over 16).
I found the Photography preset very very bright first time I tried it, but even dialing it down to 48 nits it's still won't go as low as the 5/16 manual luminosity setting.
Wondering if laptop might be faulty?

Could anyone using one of these laptops compare the how far you are on the 0-16 scale, to reach a luminosity you're happy with (granted the colors won't be as accurate, but I am talking luminosity here).

thanks!!
Nicolas
 
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