I read Jason O’Grady’s comments (via Daring Fireball) on the keyboard backlight of the MacBook Pro with some surprise. I am the proud owner of one of these new machines, and his experience doesn’t exactly match mine.
Granted – I don’t have a PowerBook G4 to compare against – I haven’t owned another Mac laptop since my iBook G3, which certainly didn’t have any of these fancy backlighting features. But the staring into the sun metaphors alluded to by O’Grady seem really far-fetched. Unfortunately, he only shows us images of the two laptops at “half intensity,” while mentioning in passing that the MacBook Pro’s “keyboard backlight set to one bar is brighter than the keyboard backlight on the PowerBook set at 16 bars.” Where are the pictures for this – the interesting claim?
I’m also skeptical because the keyboard images are being shown out of context. We don’t normally stare down into our keyboards without the (usually more powerful) light of the laptop display to soften the relative intensity of those keyboard lights. I thought I’d contribute another set of photos which may at least offer hope to those of you who are starting to worry about SPF factors in relation to your future laptop:
The first is at maximum keyboard backlight, the second at minimum. Obviously, my photos might be deceptive, too. But all I can say is that dim version looks “pretty much” the same as it looks in my office. Maybe O’Grady got a defective keyboard? I would like to see a picture of this retina-burning “lowest setting.” If the dim version shown above is brighter than the maximum brightness of the G4 keyboard, I’d say it’s the G4 that was defective!