MBA 2011 thin black strip at the bottom of the display

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  1. Stevie04 macrumors member

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    Hi,
    I got my new MBA 13" 256 i5 yesterday. Then I realised a thin black strip at the bottom of the display after I had opened Safari in full screen mode. Do you have the same problem? Should I send it back to Apple?
    I have the Samsung Display!
     
  2. rkheyfets macrumors regular

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    are you referring to the border that comes all around the screen not the bezel,
    or is it just on the bottom and yea a photo would b very helpful
     
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  4. Roman2K~ macrumors 6502a

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    @Stevie04
    There's already a thread on the subject.

    I have this "black line" / "gradient" / "smokey thing" too on my mid 2011 MBA. And though I had never noticed it before reading the aforementioned thread, I have this on my 2010 MBA as well. You can see pictures of both side by side in this post (both Samsung panels).

    I know I'm not helping you out here. All I know is what's for sure so far:
    • It's a hardware issue, as this "gradient" appears even in the gray screen during the boot process.
    • It was there on late 2010 MBAs, at least on mine.
    • People have been exchanging their MBAs for new ones, "gradient" still there.
    What's not so sure:
    • Whether it's a defect.
    • Conversely, whether it's done on purpose (I actually quite like it, for now).
    There is no glass in front of the panel.
     
  5. Stevie04 thread starter macrumors member

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    So every MBA has this problem and I do not have to send it back?
    It's good to see that I'm not the only one with this problem.
    Okay I have to live with this bug then...

    thank you for your help ;)
     
  6. rkheyfets macrumors regular

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    if its not glass then what is in front of the panel?
     
  7. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

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    Yes - this seems to be pretty constant - I have the small gradient area as well. So it doesn't seem to be an issue with just your machine.
     
  8. Roman2K~ macrumors 6502a

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    You're welcome :).

    If you take it back and get a new one, you're very likely to get the same panel. However, if you take it to the Genius bar, I'm sure they will replace the panel with a properly lit since you'll have described the issue and they'll have to ensure the new one is free of any "gradient".

    What you can touch is the panel itself, I guess. At least not a glass like on the MBP.
     
  9. rkheyfets macrumors regular

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    its just thinner glass unless i am wrong it cannt be the the panel without any protective surface in front or coating
     
  10. Roman2K~ macrumors 6502a

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    I think if it was a glass panel, it would cover the bezel as well (like on the MBP).
     
  11. Stevie04 thread starter macrumors member

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    Yea I think this too. This glass panel creates this gradient effect I think.
     
  12. rkheyfets macrumors regular

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    good point however they wouldn't just ship a bare panel, maybe like the anti glare macs the glass (or whatever covers the panel) doesn't extend to the bezel.
     
  13. jackyyeow macrumors 6502

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    I've had some experiences with Sony Vaio X, the 11" display while having superb colors and brightness, it has exactly the same problem discussed here.

    I think it's the limitation of thin display where the backlight cannot evenly distribute through out a wider viewing angle.
     

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