LED Cinema Display imperfections -- how much can one tolerate?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Wehrwolf, Oct 7, 2009.

  1. Wehrwolf macrumors 6502


    May 21, 2009
    So I am the new owner of a 24" LED Cinema Display and about 3 days in I noticed that the display has a very slight yellow gradient from top to bottom (bluer at the top, yellow/warmer towards the bottom). Judging by posts on this forum and others, it seems like these displays tend to have minor imperfections, be they pixel defects, debris behind the glass, or color gradients that are noticeable on solid backgrounds.

    The gradient on my display is actually very similar to what I see on my 15" SR MBP's display, leading me to wonder if this is something common amongst all LED backlit displays, or if it's just a coincidence.

    I'm torn as to whether I should exchange this, and take my chances with getting a replacement with another issue. Except for the slight yet noticeable (to me) yellowish gradient, the display is otherwise in good shape - there is minimal backlight bleed on a black background, and there are no pixel defects or debris behind the glass.

    What are your thoughts? Is there such a thing as a perfect display? If you had to live with one of these minor defects, which would be the least annoying? :confused:
  2. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
  3. Washac macrumors 68020


    Jul 2, 2006

    Mines not, it has that top to bottom gradient issue and after a few weeks it is now developing horrible grey blotches in the bottom left hand corner, also even with the sound
    turned off it sits there randomly clicking and popping £600 for this, not good, it is going back :(
  4. throttlemeister macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2009
    Mine's perfect too and after 6 months I am still absolutely stunned by its image quality.
  5. Techhie macrumors 65816


    Dec 7, 2008
    The hub of stupidity
    as much as Apple charges for that display, I would expect it to be perfect. I had the same issue on my 24" iMac a while back
  6. cluthz macrumors 68040


    Jun 15, 2004
    A yellow gradient isn't a minor imperfection..
    It basically render your screen useless when it comes to work that requires color accuracy.

    I can live with a dead pixel, because that is only annoying, it doesn't ruin or limiting the screen.

    I've got my screen replaced after 27 months on this MBP, just because the backlight suddenly became slightly darker at the bottom.

    There are screens without imperfections, that's why not everyone buys a $100 screen at the local supermarket.

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