MBP 17" HiDef Backlight Bleeding - How bad?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by vibe, Oct 16, 2007.

  1. vibe macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2007
    Hey guys,

    I'm finally gonna purchase a MBP with the announcement of Leopard but was wondering on the quality of the HD display on the 17" MBP. Just seeing what I can expect considering the shoddy quality I've been reading about lately on Apple's laptops. Thanks for your input.
  2. Adokimus macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2007
    Boston, MA
    Um.... what?
  3. vibe thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 6, 2007
    Ok. Maybe I went too far with my choice of words. What i meant to say was all the issues being brought up concerning the displays (backlight bleeding, yellowing color of the LED LCD's, etc.)
  4. Adokimus macrumors 6502a


    Jun 2, 2007
    Boston, MA
    As it seems you know, the yellowing issue is only on the 15" MBPs, as the 17" doesn't use an LED yet. I'm also under the impression that the yellowing issue has been dealt with. As for the high-res 17" screen, I have read nothing but praise everywhere that I have looked. Keep in mind that people have a greater tendancy to report problems rather than good experiences on these forums, and Apple fans are a particularly picky bunch (and we pay enough to be), so most issues are exaggerated. I can assure you that the build quality is as good as any other company, if not better, with the exception of the mag-safe issues, which they are supposedly fixing. Any company (unless a rareity) will have build problems when they are selling millions of units. I can understand your concern, but I think you will be happy with your purchase. Might want to wait for the first Leopard patch or the next MBP revision though, as both are likely only a couple months away.


  5. xpovos macrumors 6502a


    Jun 7, 2007
    I had a 17" hi-res (matte) which I ended up exchanging for non display-related issues. The display on it was nearly perfect. Looked a little washed out for the first ten minutes or so, but after that it was brilliant. Minimal backlight bleed, excellent saturation, good color accuracy (after calibration). It was the nicest laptop display I've ever seen, to be honest. The only thing that beats it now is a truly perfect 15" LED-backlit MBP, but those seem pretty hard to come by.

    I now have a standard-res 17" with which I'm almost as happy. The screen is gorgeous despite a very slightly heavier grain than my hi-res had, very evenly backlit, just beautiful all around (again, after calibration, which is a must on MBP screens IMO). I'm a real snob when it comes to displays, so I won't call it "perfect", but aside from unrealistic expectations from a laptop display, it's really close.

    Honestly, I wouldn't hesitate if I were you. If you've got the cash to throw at a hi-res 17" MBP, the build quality on that model is excellent, the defect report rates seem extremely low, and it's just all-around one of the very nicest notebook computers on the planet. I seriously doubt you'll regret the purchase.
  6. Smurfed macrumors regular

    Apr 2, 2007

    The 17"ers have a common case of eneven backlighting that you can't get fixed because Apple has labaeled it "Part of the notebook and that it is normal."
  7. coogee macrumors regular

    May 28, 2007
    I had my 17" Hi-Res submitted for repair (on not related to screen issue.)

    The store decided the screen was 'ghosting' and replaced it (with the non Hi-Res screen - idiots)

    Having seen both now in the same case, there is no compare, the Hi-Res was the best screen I have ever seen in a notebook, easily. The shock of seeing the standard screen had me reaching for something to hold onto, it looks tiny and much grainier by comparison.

    Yes, there was some minimal backlight bleeding along the bottom of the Hi-Res screen but nothing to cause concern to me. It was my unrelated problem that prompted a repair and the store that decided to replace the screen.

    I wait nervously for the new new LCD but the Hi Res is a good looking screen, no doubt. HDTV looked fantastic and 1900x1200 leaves plenty room for every window you could care to open.
  8. dreamsandart macrumors member

    Apr 11, 2004
    I've had my new 17" HD MacBook now for a couple weeks. Having had Apple laptops since the first Duo 230 and upgrading to a newer model every few years I can say I've always had a 'WOW' factor with each new display, and this 17" is defiantly in the next WOW of that progression.

    There is a bit of bleeding at the bottom, but not enough to be concerned about, over-all the screen is just beautiful; bright, sharp, detailed and the colors are great once a re-calibration is done. Although the new LCD 15" may be a bit brighter, the HD 17" for its 'look', size and non-problems (color) I think its the best screen ever put in an Apple laptop.
  9. PimpDaddy macrumors 6502


    May 9, 2007
  10. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    I've had a 17" MBP for a little over a month (2.4Ghz, 1920x1200 res, glossy screen) and I can quite honestly say that it's the best screen I've ever seen on a laptop.

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