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Seriously, the brightness control of my MacBook Pro is really bad. I use it often at night in a dark room, but the lowest brightness setting is still so bright that the whole room is enlighted. It burns in the eyes. One step more less brightness is completely dark.

Is there an utility that allows a better, fine control over the brightness?

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What OS version are you using? 10.6.3 fixed this problem for a lot of people on the LED backlit MBPs. – Hasaan Chop May 10 '10 at 8:11
I'm running 10.6.3. I see no fix. Still the same idiotically bad brightness control. – Another Registered User May 10 '10 at 9:55
up vote 2 down vote accepted

I love using Nocturne (from Blacktree, the same people who make Quicksilver) at night in pitch-black rooms. It eases eye strain so much; it's amazing.

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that's pretty cool! – Another Registered User May 10 '10 at 10:03

I don't know who much this will really help but you can get finer brightness control by pressing ALT + SHIFT + BRIGHTNESSKEY (meaning the F1/F2 on most newer Macs). Works well for the volume keys also.


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good, but unfortunately it doesn't solve the "way too bright" problem in dark rooms. – Another Registered User May 10 '10 at 9:58
4 years owning this mac and I did not know that! – James Aug 22 '11 at 19:55

I'm a big fan of f.lux. Free. Adjusts the monitor based on time of day. Works wonderfully when doing the late night work.

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