Macbook air lg display horrible!!!!! Text reading is a headache!!!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by macd123, Jul 28, 2011.

  1. macd123 macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2011
    I purchased the macbook air 13 mid 2011 within min of it coming online worldwide.
    Im currently living in Germany, so naturally as an native English speaker I opted to order one with an international english keyboard.

    I choose the 128 SSD. With the dollar in the toilet I thought paying a 40% premium b/c of currency conversion would have secured me the best and the brightest from Apple.
    Well it came quick...very quick and on the box it showed a date of July 10th, 2011. So yes we can all confirm the rumor of them waiting around. It shipped from Apple BV Netherlands and arrived at my door in Dusseldorf.

    I was a happy apple customer all but for 5 min until I said to myself I can't read anything on this display. I thought how can it be??? It was just to bright, text wore off centered, colors on the right corner with the stop light thing (sorry still new to mac after 10 yearshehe) were bleeding and yes I found this form!!!

    I did the terminal command prompt and long and behold I had an LG screen and on top of that I had a toshiba drive. I was pissed as s..t!!!
    I played with the color calibrator and nothing worked to my liking.

    Surprisingly, Apple called me to see if I was happy, and I said no. I said my unit is unusable. They sent TNT to collect it, and the sec TNT drove off apples website updated for a shipment replacement. I received it today, the build date of the brown box now is the 15th of July.

    So... this one has the Samsung screen and yes the Toshiba drive. At least the 50 / 50 rule worked this time. Yes, I can read finally on this screen and Yes there is a significant difference between the screens!!!!!! I want to say this again, yes there is a significant difference in the screens!!!!!! Apple you have something coming on this one, just give it a little, tiny bit more time.

    I did some research like others and popped open google-crome, everywhere around the world this is a discussion with the screens and drives, from Berlin to Tokyo people are complaining and buzzing this on online blogs. And yes, in all the stores I went to this week all models of display are samsung panels.

    Now on a side note, the Samsung isn't as bright and yes when the screen is pitched, viewing angles are a tiny bit noticeable. But the bottom line is the Samsung is the premium display. MOREOVER, you can read text on it at any brightness setting. For all of you out there that received an LG display, return it, replace it, demand a new one until apple gets it right, for you will never, ever be happy without it!!!
  2. Tootles macrumors member

    Jun 15, 2011
    I'm happy with mine (LP116WH4-TJA3) but it's the 11" not the 13". The text I'm reading on it is even considerably smaller than how I had it on my previous laptop. It looks plenty sharp. The screen brightness does appear dimmer when I view it at extreme angles but, that's to be expected - All the better to thwart onlookers, too.
  3. Chillaz macrumors newbie

    Nov 2, 2010
    I've used mine a lot since I got it this Monday, and I must say: I'm perfectly happy with what I've bought, both the MBA and Lion - Both amazing on this little 13" machine.

    My screen is not the Samsung, also use F.lux it's godlike for reading on screen.
  4. squaremon macrumors regular


    Jan 18, 2008
    congratulation on getting a samsung display although u do realize it is still a inexpensive panel and graphic card. a bit like saying my male genital is 1 inch longer than his when it is clearly under 5 inches.
  5. bp1000 macrumors 65816

    Jul 7, 2011
    That is the best analogy i've heard for a long time

    Give yourself an :apple:
  6. zerind macrumors member

    Jul 26, 2011
    Am I the only person in the world who has no issues with the quality of the LG screen?
  7. Lord Appleseed, Jul 28, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2011

    Lord Appleseed macrumors 6502a

    Lord Appleseed

    Nov 7, 2010
    Apple Manor
    I hope you do know that you are posting nonsense?
    Your screen was most likely faulty, damaged, or whatever.
    I do own a MBA with LG Display and it looks very good. No tearing, no color problem, no nothing.

    So to all the people with display problems: It's NOT because it's an LG display.
    No, I am one of them too. Us just don't post so much about it, so it seems.
    I am just waiting for the first "Samsung Display is crap"-thread...
  8. Patriot24 macrumors 68030


    Dec 29, 2010
    I'm not afraid to admit that I don't even know how to find that information (I looked in About This Mac), and I'm not sure I care, personally. I am happy with the display I have (maybe that is because it is the Samsung).

    With that said, I completely understand where folks are coming from. They paid a premium price and want to ensure that they received the best hardware available in return. At some point, though, I think it is best to make a decision one way or the other - you're either going to return it and try for another model that still doesn't guarantee that you'll get the Samsung, or you'll learn to live with it and move on. Complaining about it on the forums endlessly probably isn't going to resolve anything.
  9. andmm macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    on the LG screen didn't it helped to turn down the brightness?
  10. macd123 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2011
    turn down brightness

    yes it did, but it still was so difficult to read text.
  11. andmm, Jul 28, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 28, 2011

    andmm macrumors newbie

    Jul 20, 2011
    I just got a air with the Toshiba ssd and the lg display. But I don't reconize the problem with the text... atleast not yet.
    Was your screen LP133WP1-TJA3 ?

    Could your former display have had an error?
  12. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
  13. Tokay macrumors newbie

    Jul 23, 2011
    I got the LG display.


    Deal with it. :)
  14. Gemütlichkeit macrumors 65816


    Nov 17, 2010
    Hear hear!
  15. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    OP, if you feel yourself struggling to read try entering this in terminal:

    defaults -currentHost write -globalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int 2

    or this:

    defaults -currentHost write -globalDomain AppleFontSmoothing -int 3
  16. ATHmathieu macrumors regular

    Jun 16, 2010
    Roger Williams Park - Rhode Island
  17. striker33 macrumors 65816


    Aug 6, 2010
    LG and Samsung panels are virtually the same apart from slight viewing angle differences.

    You either had a faulty panel or are trying to start another LG v Samsung war.

    Judging by your comments about your annoyance on receiving a Toshiba SSD and preference towards Samsung, you clearly take this forum too literally. There is little real world difference between the two SSD models. Day to day tasks and a lot of intensive tasks there will be no difference whatsoever.

    Same with the panel differences. There is very little between them, if anything noticeable.
  18. eckthroi macrumors regular

    Mar 10, 2011
    well I have just bought my first mac so I cant really give an opinion either way but I am grateful as I got the Samsung Ssd and Display
  19. unagimiyagi macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
    I prefer the Samsung display to the LG. If given a choice, I'd choose the Samsung every time. That said, I find that the two panels are reasonably similar. If I got an LG without any defects,--no dead pixels, evenly lit, no weird inverter problems, no flickering, etc. I'd keep it and not return it.

    The LG does have better whites than the Samsung, and no amount of calibration can fix that.

    I'd say that for both properly functioning panels, if the Samsung gets a score of 100, the LG gets a 90 to 95 in my book.
  20. Pipper99 macrumors 68020


    Aug 14, 2010
    Fort Worth, TX
    No, you are not alone: I'm the other person. :)
  21. macd123 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 28, 2011
    The funny thing is I didn't know it was an LG panel when I noticed the problem. In addition I bought this year a 32" LG LED 100Z TV, it bleeds and leaks like crazy.

    PS this unit is a keeper, even if it has the toshiba drive:)
  22. jackyyeow macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2011
    At first glance OP seems like a dup...

    Anyhow, I'd take brighter display anytime, I don't to struggle on figuring out what's on the display panel under strong lighting, even just indoor.

    ...or these Samsung/Toshiba/LG thing is much too overrated.
  23. reputationZed macrumors 65816

    Mar 9, 2011
    34°55′42″N 80°44′41″W (34.
    Count me in. My 13" has an LG (LP133WP1-TJA3), while its not the best panel I've ever used, I'm not seeing any of the issues the OP stated. I've read a few threads where posters with access to both the LG and the Samsung posted that the difference between the two was exaggerated (hard to believe that anyone on MR would exaggerate). I think the OP just got a bad display, which could just as easily have happened with the Samsung display. Hopefully the OP is satisfied with the MBA he has now.

    There have been a lot of penis references on MR in the last few weeks. Kind of disturbing, but if need to take your argunemt down that route man up and refer to your junk as something a bit more manly than male genitalia
  24. reputationZed macrumors 65816

    Mar 9, 2011
    34°55′42″N 80°44′41″W (34.
    Glad you've got a keeper. As much as the does it make any difference which panel/SSD you have is raging on in the forum the only important thing is that you are personaly happy with the machine you have.
  25. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Move over, it's a threesome. :D

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