Light leak on new 13" Air?

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  1. duelingdragons macrumors 65816

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    I don't notice anything when using the computer, but when it awakes from standby, I can see some light seepage along the bottom middle.

    Also, on the right, there are two dark streaks that appear.

    I can also see them if I go fullscreen on a video, and go to an all black screen. I guess it doesn't matter if I can't see them during usage, but it sorta irritates me.

    Is this common?
    I've attached a picture. It looks even worse in the picture, for some reason. Lol.

    A picture I took is below:
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/717/photolxd.jpg
     
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    Nor me.
     
  4. duelingdragons thread starter macrumors 65816

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  5. karebare518 macrumors member

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    I actually had the same problem on my 13inch Macbook Air. I returned it today for an 11inch, and it doesn't have the same problems as my 13inch did. You should try to exchange it if possible.
     
  6. PaulWog Suspended

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    The severity of your problem is not common.

    Your problem, however, is in every single Macbook Air in existence (including mine).

    I only notice the problem when there's horizontal movement between screens using a 4-finger swipe. And it's slight (very slight). My eyes catch it. I don't see it with static colours (or I do... but it's even more slight... it takes a real eye to catch).

    Your problem is 100x worse than mine. Definitely make a return.
     
  7. revelated macrumors 6502a

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    mine definitely does not look that bad. but it is similar. Mine can only be seen on grey colors. Does not show on black at all. Perfect time to see it, for those that claim not to have it, use the grey boot screen. You'll see it.
     
  8. duelingdragons thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Still trying to decide if its worth bringing back :\
     
  9. Roman2K~, Aug 6, 2011
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    I'm sorry you got such a poor quality panel. Mine (Samsung LTH133BT01A03) is pitch black, even in the dark. Here's a picture of it with Terminal in full-screen in a dark room:

    [​IMG]

    Don't settle for any less than that... I'd return it if I were you.
     
  10. adnoh macrumors 6502a

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    I had light leakage on my uMB, took it into an apple store and got it replaced in a few days.

    Its really not a big repair and you should have to put up with it.
     
  11. superego macrumors member

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    Horrendous light leakage. I agree with others, absolutely return it.
     
  12. Gemütlichkeit macrumors 65816

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    paste this into terminal and tell us what type of screen you have

    Code:
     ioreg -lw0 | grep IODisplayEDID | sed "/[^<]*</s///" | xxd -p -r | strings -6
     
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    Just curious...what was your brightness setting when you took this pic?
     
  15. Roman2K~ macrumors 6502a

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    It was at 4 bars.
     
  16. duelingdragons thread starter macrumors 65816

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    It was up almost the whole way, probably 80-85%
     
  17. misterneums macrumors 6502

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    That is some pretty terrible light bleed-thru
     
  18. donster28 macrumors 65816

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    Ahhh...I get the same results with my LG panel. Thanks.

    Try taking a pic of it one bar over half and let us know if you see some slight leakage at the bottom. It should not have the same intensity as the OP's but only slight.
     
  19. Roman2K~ macrumors 6502a

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    OK, I will do this tonight if I have time :).
     
  20. Roman2K~ macrumors 6502a

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    Here you go ;):

    Brightness level = 50% + 1 bar (automatic adjustment: off)
    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Brightness level = 100% (automatic adjustment: off)
    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Contrary to what I thought initially, the background of Terminal in fullscreen mode is not pure black, it's a pattern like in Safari surrounding pages (edges visible while scrolling too far). This pattern makes for part of the gray color that can be seen at 100% brightness.
     
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    Thanks for the additional pics!

    Sorry for making you notice the slight bleed to your almost perfect screen hehe. I gotta say your screen us one of the best I've seen...mine is the same. :)
     
  22. duelingdragons thread starter macrumors 65816

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    If I go to a store today, do you think they'll exchange my machine out without issue?

    I don't want to waste a trip down there.
     
  23. donster28 macrumors 65816

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    If you're within the 14-day period, there's a good chance they will replace it.

    I say "a good chance" because some employees have different standards and they might not consider that a defect. It will also be hard for you to convince them in store because of the bright lights but I would think they will bring it inside for examination if you insisted on the problem.

    I suggest you insist that you are not satisfied with your screen. Good luck.
     
  24. duelingdragons thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I got it on launch day, 7/21 :-\
     
  25. donster28 macrumors 65816

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    Hmm..ok. That changes everything a bit.

    If you try to take it back, they might just take it in for repair, but considering it's just less than a month old, there's a slight chance they will replace it. You may have to try to convince them the defect developed over time.
     

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