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The Cockney Rebel

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It’s one of the first things I do.

I will not accept any dead pixels.

My last few devices have been pristine, which I’m happy about.

What about you? By the way, I use the YouTube dead pixel test, to thoroughly check my devices.
 

The Cockney Rebel

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I don't go out of my way to test for such. If it can be seen with normal usage and it deters from my usage experience, then it becomes a problem. If I am not mistaken, Apple has set a tolerance level on this issue with some of their products.
I don’t agree.

If there’s an issue with dead pixels, I’d rather see them during my return period.

Once you’ve seen one, you can’t ignore it.

Thus, I check thoroughly.
 

Apple_Robert

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I don’t agree.

If there’s an issue with dead pixels, I’d rather see them during my return period.

Once you’ve seen one, you can’t ignore it.

Thus, I check thoroughly.
Running tests that aren't predicated on normal day to day usage just to check for something that won't be seen outside the extreme tests is a waste of time, in my opinion. A YouTuber who turns the brightness to 100% and then claims to see something wrong with topic X is someone looking for click revenue.

I am not going to take my new iPad into a completely dark room, turn up the brightness to 100% causing my eyes to hurt, just to look for some possible fringe anomaly. Conversely, if I notice colors are off, bleeding, or see what appears to be dead pixels right away, I would definitely contact Apple.
 

Aka757

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My thought is that if there aren‘t any imperfections that are obvious enough to notice during set up and initial usage, then there’s no need to run tests or pixel peep. Of course displays are not perfect, but looking for imperfections seem counterproductive to me (but of course, everyone can use their device as they wish!).
 
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The Cockney Rebel

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My thought is that if there aren‘t any imperfections that are obvious enough to notice during set up and initial usage, then there’s no need to run tests or pixel peep. Of course displays are not perfect, but looking for imperfections seem counterproductive to me (but of course, everyone can use their device as they wish!).
I’d rather know when I can exchange it, than after, when I can’t.

If there are dead pixels, they will show up at some point.
 
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FreakinEurekan

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No, I don't test every new device for dead pixels. If a flaw isn't big enough to show itself in normal use within 14 days, it's not worth bothering with.

But you do you!
 
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Night Spring

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It’s one of the first things I do.

I will not accept any dead pixels.

My last few devices have been pristine, which I’m happy about.

What about you? By the way, I use the YouTube dead pixel test, to thoroughly check my devices.
Have you ever actually had a device with dead pixel(s)? I have one iPad that developed a faded screen corner after years of use, but can't say I've ever noticed a dead pixel on any device while it was within warranty.
 

VineRider

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I do not look for dead pixels on my devices. If something is noticeable in my normal day to day use, then I will work with Apple on a solution. I've only had one screen issue on any Apple device I've owned and it was on an iPad mini 4. There was a significant blemish on the screen and I noticed it right away and returned the item for a replacement.
 

sracer

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It’s one of the first things I do.

I will not accept any dead pixels.

My last few devices have been pristine, which I’m happy about.

What about you? By the way, I use the YouTube dead pixel test, to thoroughly check my devices.
No, I don't specifically check for dead or hot pixels. In all of the iPads I've owned... from the 1st gen to the 10th gen and plenty (Pro and non-Pro) in between, I haven't had an iPad with defective pixels.
 

The Cockney Rebel

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Have you ever actually had a device with dead pixel(s)? I have one iPad that developed a faded screen corner after years of use, but can't say I've ever noticed a dead pixel on any device while it was within warranty.
During the iPhone 4S days, I went through so many units, because of dead pixels.

Also iPads.

However, my MBA, MBP, last three iPhones & two iPad Pros have been perfect.

I think there was a stage whereby Apple's QC wasn't where it is now.
 

gusping

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I’m a monitor nerd so have been looking for dead pixels on all monitors I buy for a long long time. It’s only right to do it on other expensive devices as well.
 
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The Cockney Rebel

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I’m a monitor nerd so have been looking for dead pixels on all monitors I buy for a long long time. It’s only right to do it on other expensive devices as well.
Exactly.

These devices are expensive, so they should be without flaws.
 
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MaxGolden12

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I do.

If I don’t and there does happen to be dead pixels, I usually notice them not long after and won’t be able to unsee them, so I’d might as well check for them at the very beginning and return/exchange if necessary. Then again, I’m probably more sensitive to dead pixels than the average customer.
 

The Cockney Rebel

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I do.

If I don’t and there does happen to be dead pixels, I usually notice them not long after and won’t be able to unsee them, so I’d might as well check for them at the very beginning and return/exchange if necessary. Then again, I’m probably more sensitive to dead pixels than the average customer.
Exactly how I think.
 

SoldOnApple

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I don't. I'd spot them anyway. A microscopic hair could be on the screen when I do the screen protector and that hair will be all I ever see from now on.
 
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dantay

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Dead pixels are completely unacceptable, they are a visible defect. I check every device for colour cast, grey uniformity, dead pixels, cosmetic damage and loose buttons. I’m great fun at parties.

Pleased to say after a thorough check my new Pro appears to have a decent screen, build quality is on point too.
 
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