Just got the new 17" MBP (screen concerns)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Kimpet, Jun 21, 2007.

  1. Kimpet macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2007
    Hey everyone,

    this is my first post here (though I've been lurking about for a long time). As the topic says I just got the new MBP and this machine is a thing of beauty. However my concern is this: at the bottom of the screen there is an area of approx. 10-15 pixels where it is considerably lighter than the rest of the screen. This area stretches along the entire bottom of the screen.

    I went and looked at the local Apple retailer to see if this was perhaps only on my machine. But the machine in the store had the same "problem".

    Anyone else have this on their machine as well?

    I'm not sure if I'm too picky. But I spent quite a fair amount of money on my MBP...

    Sorry for the wall of text.

  2. Mr Fusion macrumors 6502a

    Mr Fusion

    May 7, 2007
    Welcome Kim!

    Even if the floor model has the same issue it never hurts to get an exchange [for nearly $3,000 you cannot be too picky]. And if that doesn't work try the 15" the LED is superb.

  3. tobyg macrumors 6502a

    Aug 31, 2004
    My 17" has the same issue. Same with the one on the floor I saw. After looking harder at my Macbook that I've been using for quite a while now, it also has that line. For some reason its easier to notice on this 17" HiRes screen. To me, and others, the line is actually a darker line a few mm above the bottom. My guess is it has something to do with the way the screen is installed/mounted in the case. Perhaps some pressure put on it.

    Either way, I would say if you can't live with it, swap it. My bet is the next one will also have that, but it may not be as bad, or may be worse. Mine is worse than the floor model I saw but I had already returned 2 15" LED MBP's because of all of the horrible screen issues I had with those (yellow, flickering).

    This screen is a thing of beauty. Sure, the backlighting may not be as evenly lit... but colors are much more spot on. No flickering. Higher resolution.

    Good luck.
  4. Kimpet thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2007
    Thanks for your replies :)

    Well I guess it's not the end of the world and I certainly don't want to replace it with another that might be even worse.

    I'll try it out over the weekend and make a decision on monday.

  5. kentfrancisco macrumors member


    Jun 6, 2007
    Los Angeles
    I have the same thing...I think it's so far out of the normal range of focus when you're using the screen that it's not that big of a deal. Seems like a mounting thing, like someone else said. Not sure if you're going to get much better, assuming you have no dead pixels.
  6. Kimpet thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2007
    Well, seems like this is quite common. I think I'll stick with this one then :)

    Thanks again.

  7. klymr macrumors 65816

    May 16, 2007
    I also noticed this on mine, and at first it seemed as though the screen was horribly unevenly lit. When I move about, the lighting of the screen changes. I think on mine it's more of a position of where I am as opposed to anything else.
  8. Smurfed macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2007
    A common problem with the 17"s

    The only way it'll be fixed to perfection is when 17" LED backlighting is available, then you'll need sunglasses to use it. :cool:
  9. PDE macrumors 68020

    Nov 16, 2005
    I don;'t think Apple is using subpar displays. I mean, they're industry standard from well-know manufacturers (LG in the case of the 17" MBP). The only common denominator is Apple - do all these issues have to do with the design of the display bezel? It has never made sense to me that HP and other store brands are able to include gorgeous, sharp, evenly illuminated 12-17" displays in their cheapo computers. Just check out any of the 17" laptop displays at best buy to see what I mean...or check out ANY PC laptop at a store!

    The only explanation I can think of (besides Apple actually buying the cheapest, reject- displays) is that something about the thin design is giving rise to all the problems people are seeing. A uniform Bright or dark strip at the bottom of a display is not normal - slight light bleeding is.
  10. Kimpet thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2007
    Klymr, I got that uneven lit as well. But do you have the "stripe" at the bottom of you screen?
  11. klymr macrumors 65816

    May 16, 2007
    I do, but it's not very pronounced at all. The screen actually looks great to me. The biggest problematic spot is up at the top where a little spot is a bit darker. Maybe when I get home I'll try to photograph it for ya.
  12. Kimpet thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2007
    A snapshot would be great. I tried before with the camera on my mobile. That picture came out great, the stripe didn't show at all ;)
  13. chriswg macrumors member

    Jun 4, 2007
    Colorado, USA
    I don't seem to have this described stripe on my High-Res 17" MBP (or at least it's not noticeable). But I do notice VERY SLIGHT fading of brightness at the two bottom corners. They are just slightly darker or dimmer when viewed against a white or light background. Does anyone else have this problem or is it common?

    EDIT: Nevermind. The dim corners have disappeared for some reason. I assume the backlight just wasn't completely warmed up. All is perfect again!

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