MacBook Air’s screen is brighter when running Windows 10

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  • Apparently, after recent benchmarking tests, the Apple MacBook Air 2020's can become much brighter than expected.
  • While they expected a value of little more than 400 nits in macOS, their benchmarking software showed almost 550 nits for Windows 10 (BootCamp).
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MacBook Air brighter screen in windows10

Apparently, according to  Notebookcheck.net, the Apple MacBook Air 2020’s can become much brighter than expected.

They were benchmarking the laptop and had to switch the MacBook Air to Windows 10 to run some tests. When they measured the screen brightness to adjust the battery benchmark, they found that the screen was 32% brighter.

While they expected a value of little more than 400 nits in macOS, their benchmarking software showed almost 550 nits for Windows 10 (BootCamp). Precisely, the value for macOS was at 415 cd/m², and the one for Windows reached 547 cd/m².

Sounds impossible, right? Not quite. The guys from Notebookcheck.net found that the screen was less color accurate on Windows 10. It’s possible that Apple limited the brightness on macOS from the start just to maintain color accuracy.

They also listed  a couple of other possibilities:

  1. Not all the panels reach the same maximum brightness, so the panel manufacturer could have leveled up the brightness of the panels to deliver comparable products to the customer.
  2. The color accuracy is a bit worse when you use Windows, even after calibration, but you cannot see the differences with the naked eye. It is possible that Apple can only ensure better results at lower brightness levels.
  3. The panel of the MacBook Air can go way higher in brightness levels, but Apple wants to keep the distance to the more expensive MacBook Pro 13.

The bottom line is that the MacBook Air 2020’s screen on macOS is still extremely bright but if you use it with Windows 10, you will have a boost of brightness which is not bad at all, right?

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