How common are dead/stuck pixels in MacBook Pros?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by pcguru83, Apr 16, 2007.

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Do you have any dead/stuck pixels on your MBP?

  1. My MBP DOES NOT have any dead/stuck pixels.

    105 vote(s)
    81.4%
  2. My MBP has dead/stuck pixel(s).

    24 vote(s)
    18.6%
  1. pcguru83 macrumors 6502a

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    Well, it's that time again for me--time to get a new laptop! I'll be going this afternoon to pick up a new MBP. While generally a good experience, I hate buying new laptops or displays because of the pixel issue. I CAN NOT handle dead/stuck pixels--I'm just too much of a perfectionist. They drive me crazy.

    So, the question is easy. Did you have any stuck pixels on your MBP?
     
  2. island macrumors 6502

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    I have owned at least 5 Apple laptops in the past and none had dead or stuck pixels. The only time I have seen an Apple product with it is when I went to a buddies house and he had picked up the new 30" ACD when it first came out, that had one small stuck pixel in the bottom left corner.

    Other than that, not even the ones at the store that I have seen had one. Lately with the newer laptops, Apple or Windows, stuck pixels seem to be far and between from what I have seen at my repair shop.
     
  3. alexprice macrumors 6502a

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    Only buy it if you need it

    http://buyersguide.macrumors.com/#MacBook_Pro

    As for the pixels, ask to check the laptop before you buy. If they'll let you.

    Dead pixels IMO don't seem be a big issue anymore, as in its not that common anymore.

    But wait for the Rev.C. It MAY have the new ultra cool LED panel!! :)
     
  4. Anonymous Freak macrumors 601

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    First batch MBP, no dead pixels.

    In my four 'modern' LCD Macs, I have had zero dead pixels. A Lombard G3, an original iBook, a first rev 12" PowerBook G4, and a first batch MacBook Pro. No dead pixels, all are still in use.

    In my collection of older Macs, among the notebooks, the only ones with even one dead pixel have serious problems. My PowerBook 100 has a batch of dead pixels just off center, apparently from being hit; and a PowerBook 5300cs has a nearly dead LCD (the top 1/4 doesn't work at all, and the bottom 3/4 works only sporadically.)
     
  5. pcguru83 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Wow, results sound promising. I'm glad this is something I shouldn't have to worry about.

    As for waiting, I'm unfortunately well aware that a new revision is just around the corner. I'm not one to generally wait for these types of things. Not to mention I've been without a second computer for too long now as it is. I can't really afford to go much longer at this point.
     
  6. Anthony8720 macrumors regular

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    I hate to be the one to burst the positivity bubble on this one... But I had two macbooks (white) with stuck pixels. One had three in the top left, the other had one dead center. It's luck of the draw with these things. But there are more panels without them than with them, so luck is on your side. Oh, btw, I have a new MBP C2D (about 4 months old), and it has one stuck on red just left of center. The first month, i obsessed over it...now, i never even notice it. I love my MBP!
     
  7. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Same here. I've gone through 5 15" Apple laptops in the last year-and-a-half (granted, 3 were returned reasonably quick for other issues) and haven't run into any with stuck pixels.
     
  8. alexprice macrumors 6502a

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    Sounds like bad luck.
     
  9. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I have no dead or stuck pixels on my MacBook Pro and I have never had a dead or stuck pixel on an Apple laptop in the past either. You shouldn't have anything to worry about as far as that goes.
     
  10. twoodcc macrumors P6

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    i've owned 3 laptops from apple, none with any dead pixels, including my MBP. but i did have 1 in my intel iMac
     
  11. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    I think you're right on.

    Stuck/dead pixels do happen on MBPs -- there's more than one thread about that. Fortunately, it doesn't happen often. :)
     
  12. Makosuke macrumors 603

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    Occasional annoyance, but increasingly rare these days I'd say, regardless of brand.

    My 1st-gen 17" MBP has none, my older 20" ACD has none, nor do either of the Intel iMacs at work, or the G5 iMacs at work either. For that matter, I just installed 5 19" ViewSonic monitors, none of which had any bad pixels.

    In fact, I can only think of three LCDs with bad pixels out of the roughly 40 I've set up for people over the past three or four years. One was a cheap older Dell 15", one was a G3 PowerBook that developed a small stripe in one corner after several years of rough use, and the third was my DS, if that even counts.
     
  13. quik macrumors regular

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    Got 1 laptop, 2 LCDs and never got any dead pixels.
     
  14. pcguru83 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Good news to report! The MBP dispaly is perfect! w00t!!11! No dead pixels!

    What a great machine... :D
     
  15. jaygeeizzle macrumors newbie

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    hey I just got a macbook air and i have a sixth of the screen dead help me plz
     
  16. kgeier82 macrumors 65816

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    i voted no, i dont have them.

    my 2.16 mbp had about 40 stuck/dead pixels upon getting home. it was hilarious. i went to the genius bar (after calling applecare same day as purchase, getting case number...) the first genuis just "couldnt see it".

    the 2nd genius asked if he was blind. i could not believe the first guy said he didnt see it. I was so close to smacking him. he was being an ass.
     
  17. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    One of my previous mbp SR that I had there was no dead/stuck pixels but I swear I checked it throughly and there was no dead/stuck pixels but after a few hours later I rechecked and to my surprise that there was one dead pixel on the left side of the screen clearly visible... This is why even though I dont see any dead/stuck pixels after you first boot up the laptop.. I make sure its a full 24 hours of no dead/stuck pixel and I'm in the clear..

    So far this mbp I had for a few days has no dead/stuck pixel.. just checked it again a couple hours ago for the final test..

    But then it has 1 problem where the green led on the magsafe doesnt turn on sometimes even though the mbp is charging fine.. the dead/stuck pixel, vertical banding light problems are the reason why I dont want to get it exchanged.
     
  18. e12a macrumors 68000

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    I have to say, despite issues with illumination, yellowing, bruising, etc. I have yet to see ANY macbook/macbook pro lcd with any dead pixels.

    I'm not talking about vertical lines, etc. i'm talking black or stuck pixels in the picture that do not change color.
     
  19. jaygeeizzle macrumors newbie

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    well do you know if you can help me I mean mine aren't dead a sixth of my screen is blue. Like little parts near the left corners. What should I do, since I'm a giant perfectionist.
     
  20. e12a macrumors 68000

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    You could try posting up a picture of the screen so i could get a better idea of what your problem is.
     
  21. LeahM macrumors 6502a

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    I don't think mine has any. But then again I don’t really notice those kinds of things. So, I guess I’m not going to help much. Is it really easy to tell if you have one? I’m not really concerned about it but for the sake of the poll I will check.
     
  22. burningrave101 macrumors 6502

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    It depends on whether it's a dead pixel or stuck pixel and if it's a stuck pixel it can be stuck on a different color so you may only see it with certain colored backgrounds. Personally I don't obsess any more with looking for dead/stuck pixels when I buy my laptop. I focus more on testing the screen for other issues like with the MBP you would look for the yellowing tint problem or something else like that. Dead/stuck pixels can always happen later on down the road so unless you've got some you actually notice on your own there's really not a lot of point in going crazy spending time looking to see if you can possibly find one somewhere.
     
  23. RSC10 macrumors member

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    My MBP does not have any stuck/dead pixels...but a the first 15" 1.67 Powerbook I bought 2.5 years ago did and I had it replaced immediately.
     
  24. jaygeeizzle macrumors newbie

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    thanks, but i exchanged it at apple today. thanks for your help. XD
     

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