Light bleed on new 13" Macbook Pro

Tron72

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I purchased a new 2015 Macbook Pro 13" last week. While watching the WWDC yesterday in full-screen mode I noticed the left bottom corner was lighter than the right. I've read posts before and seen pics of other light bleed issues that seem far more drastic than mine. However I still notice it and being that I'm within my return timeframe I wanted to get opinions on whether I should take it back for a replacement, knowing there's no guarantee that it will be any better and could be worse. See the attached photo. The light bleed I'm referring to is on the bottom left. Thank you for viewing and any responses.
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ZXMustang

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I have had 4 of these same early 2015 Retina MBP's all 13" models, and all of them had this same lighter corner against a black screen. Im sure people are going to jump on here and say they don't have it, but they will be less critical than most Im sure. I have it on the one Im tying on right now, got it yesterday from apple. I don't want to say its normal because it shouldn't be, but it seems to be more normal than not.
 

ZXMustang

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Oh and my mid 14 13" has it to exactly the same. Different display too than the new 13"s.
 

Dark Void

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It's noticeable in your image but does not seem too significant. However, even subtle problems like these could only be a starting point for a much larger issue, therefore most would probably advise a return.

These questions are always tough because of a fine line. Usually, I would argue if you have to ask if something is worth returning, then you are truly not happy with it and are therefore settling. With the "fine line" that I mentioned, I mean it is very easy to obsess over these things, in fact it is widely and ignorantly known as "Mac OCD" when users continually return products due to minimal imperfections.

To each his own though, if you are paying top dollar for a system, it is up to you to determine what your expectations are for your money, be in "perfection" or not. It sounds to me like you would rather return it, and it is smart to do so while still within the window period of course. I just hope you don't end up entering Mac-ception and this process snowballs.

Just stuff to think about. I hope this helps.
 

augustya

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There would be some amount of Light Bleed in all those screens. It would be impossible to find a screen with 0% Light Bleed. If I were you I wouldn't bother.
 

Tron72

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It's noticeable in your image but does not seem too significant. However, even subtle problems like these could only be a starting point for a much larger issue, therefore most would probably advise a return.

These questions are always tough because of a fine line. Usually, I would argue if you have to ask if something is worth returning, then you are truly not happy with it and are therefore settling. With the "fine line" that I mentioned, I mean it is very easy to obsess over these things, in fact it is widely and ignorantly known as "Mac OCD" when users continually return products due to minimal imperfections.

To each his own though, if you are paying top dollar for a system, it is up to you to determine what your expectations are for your money, be in "perfection" or not. It sounds to me like you would rather return it, and it is smart to do so while still within the window period of course. I just hope you don't end up entering Mac-ception and this process snowballs.

Just stuff to think about. I hope this helps.
That does help, thank you. This "However, even subtle problems like these could only be a starting point for a much larger issue" was my thought too. Years of opening and closing it will probably make this worse. As much as I don't want to I'm leaning towards exchanging it for another. If that one is bad or worse, I don't think I'd have the patience to swap again and would probably just return it and hold off until the next rMBP release if possible.
 

WilliamG

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That does help, thank you. This "However, even subtle problems like these could only be a starting point for a much larger issue" was my thought too. Years of opening and closing it will probably make this worse. As much as I don't want to I'm leaning towards exchanging it for another. If that one is bad or worse, I don't think I'd have the patience to swap again and would probably just return it and hold off until the next rMBP release if possible.


I've never seen light bleed get worse on a laptop. I think the "starting point..." argument is just paranoia, to be honest.

Holding off for the next rMBP release sounds like your heart wasn't in buying this one in the first place - in which case - return it.
 
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Tron72

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I've never seen light bleed get worse on a laptop. I think the "starting point..." argument is just paranoia, to be honest.

Holding off for the next rMBP release sounds like your heart wasn't in buying this one in the first place - in which case - return it.
Good point. I actually waited this one out though. I've been patiently waiting to purchase a new Mac for about two years now. Before buying this rMBP I was still using my 2006 iMac for my personal computer. I use a 15" rMBP for work. Considering how I long I maxed out the life of the iMac I knew it wouldn't be too long till I'm forced to buy new (which I know happened long ago with OS updates) so the recently updated rMBP seemed like the best option now for my purposes.
 

Closingracer

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It's noticeable in your image but does not seem too significant. However, even subtle problems like these could only be a starting point for a much larger issue, therefore most would probably advise a return.

These questions are always tough because of a fine line. Usually, I would argue if you have to ask if something is worth returning, then you are truly not happy with it and are therefore settling. With the "fine line" that I mentioned, I mean it is very easy to obsess over these things, in fact it is widely and ignorantly known as "Mac OCD" when users continually return products due to minimal imperfections.

To each his own though, if you are paying top dollar for a system, it is up to you to determine what your expectations are for your money, be in "perfection" or not. It sounds to me like you would rather return it, and it is smart to do so while still within the window period of course. I just hope you don't end up entering Mac-ception and this process snowballs.

Just stuff to think about. I hope this helps.


Light bleeding itself can't "grow".... Unless something actually moves.
 

Samuelsan2001

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All backlit LCD/LED pants have some sort of light bleed, as long as it's not noticeable in normal use it's not worth worrying about.

When we get OLED screens in our laptops it should no longer be an issue.
 

JackieInCo

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All backlit LCD/LED pants have some sort of light bleed, as long as it's not noticeable in normal use it's not worth worrying about.

When we get OLED screens in our laptops it should no longer be an issue.
Exactly. I bought the 2015 $2499 MBP and I noticed it has some light bleed on a black screen just like the OP mentioned. It's not something that is noticeable in my everyday use so I never ever thought of returning it. There has always been some sort of light bleed on every MB and MBP I have ever owned since 2008 when I bought my first MBP.

Even my Surface Pro 3 is the same way.
 

tfsa89

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May 25, 2017
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Hi guys!

I just bought a 13 MacBook pro 2015 on sale and I noticed some dark corners and light bleed.
To be honest I only noticed the bleed when installing updates..
Do you think it's to bad? I don't want to keep something broken but I'm afraid that the next one will be worse...
The darker corner bothers me a little bit because on white pages you can see it

Thanks!
 

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