soomster

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Apr 15, 2010
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I'm sad today. I ordered max specced iMac four weeks ago and got it yesterday. The screen was big disappointment. The left half of the screen is perfect but the right half is yellowish, getting more yellow as it goes towards the edge. If I open textedit and drag it from left to right I see the colour changes almost like the right side is dirty.

In 2009 I had iMac's with that issue but not since, I thought this yellow thing was in the past.
I'm very disappointment.
 

leerichards1

macrumors regular
Mar 9, 2012
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Seems like you've just been unlucky, build quality of Apple stuff is generally great but no company can be 100% perfect. I just hope they make the replacement procedure as painless as possible for you, I can't imagine they will quibble that your screen is anything but faulty. Good luck! I've got a new iMac coming in around 10 days so keeping my fingers crossed it's issue free.
 

josduc

macrumors member
Oct 8, 2010
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Today I decided to buy (and try) an iMac after 7 years using a MBP. The iMacs I had all had a faulty screen. Yellow, color shift, dead pixels, purple spots etc.

I made a mistake. I settled for repair. Please don't make this mistake. You'll get in the faulty screen carousel. If you send it in for repair, your "old" screen will be used as a part for an other victim.

Always ask your money back and place a new order.
 

Bghead8che

macrumors member
Jan 15, 2015
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Today I decided to buy (and try) an iMac after 7 years using a MBP. The iMacs I had all had a faulty screen. Yellow, color shift, dead pixels, purple spots etc.

I made a mistake. I settled for repair. Please don't make this mistake. You'll get in the faulty screen carousel. If you send it in for repair, your "old" screen will be used as a part for an other victim.

Always ask your money back and place a new order.
How many panels/iMac did you have to go through? Did you find an acceptable one? I personally had to go through three 2015 iMacs. I'm surprised so many people accept the uniformity issues of these panels.
 
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josduc

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Oct 8, 2010
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I think it was 4 panels. Then I called Apple and got a new iMac. Decided to sell it and go for a MBP with NEC display. The guy who bought opened the box and turned it on at my home... good panel.
 

SaSaSushi

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Aug 8, 2007
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I settled for repair. Please don't make this mistake. You'll get in the faulty screen carousel. If you send it in for repair, your "old" screen will be used as a part for an other victim.
As opposed to what, when you return an iMac because you say it has a faulty display they just toss it into the bin and chalk it up to a lesson well-learned?

Always ask your money back and place a new order.
And, very important, be sure to do so at least 4 times. Whether to then give up and buy something else or begrudgingly settle at that point is optional.

Posting about the entire experience in detail in here is strictly required.
 

josduc

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Oct 8, 2010
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As opposed to what, when you return an iMac because you say it has a faulty display they just toss it into the bin and chalk it up to a lesson well-learned?
Well I suppose they will be disassembled and used for parts, or end up in the refurb section.
 

SaSaSushi

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Well I suppose they will be disassembled and used for parts, or end up in the refurb section.
Likely the exact same fate as a faulty panel one has replaced in a repair. I suspect Apple is probably returning such panels to their makers (LG for the iMac) for recycling no matter whether you replace just that part or the entire machine.
 
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josduc

macrumors member
Oct 8, 2010
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Could be, I'm not sure. What I do know is that there certainly are iMacs with a very nice display. Seen it myself. I just had bad luck. Even my €1200 NEC had some color shift and even a dead pixel. But it wasn't disturbing so OK for me.
 

SaSaSushi

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Aug 8, 2007
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Could be, I'm not sure. What I do know is that there certainly are iMacs with a very nice display. Seen it myself. I just had bad luck. Even my €1200 NEC had some color shift and even a dead pixel. But it wasn't disturbing so OK for me.
Once upon a time I returned a Late 2009 iMac to Apple for a panel with a terrible gradient and got a good quality replacement so I know that these things happen. That said, there are individuals who know they are not going to be satisfied with an iMac yet go through multiple replacements anyway all the while mournfully posting their laments in here. These are users who unreasonably expect absolute perfection that doesn't exist in the highest end of professional monitors much less on a consumer-oriented all-in-one machine.

If you have easily identifiable color shift or dead pixels, get a replacement.

If, on the other hand, you expect perfect corner to corner luminance uniformity and 100% color accuracy then the iMac is not for you.

If you're unsure, a good hint as to whether you're one of these folks would be having returned three or more, unless you're just really unlucky as you mentioned above.
 

dsc888

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Jun 25, 2010
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Boston, MA USA
LCD technology is flawed. And it's virtually impossible to fine a perfectly uniform panel. I've played the panel lottery with my iPads, iMacs, and MBPs. There will always be issues and you basically settle for what is acceptable. Even OLED is not without flaws either.
 

soomster

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Apr 15, 2010
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I talked to the retailer the day after I bought the iMac, they immediately ordered another one for me. Top service I have to say. I think this is pure unluck. It's not acceptable on 5k, 10 bit 500 nits screen to have cold color on one side and warm color on the other. Now I cross my finger the next one will be better.
 

willmtaylor

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I talked to the retailer the day after I bought the iMac, they immediately ordered another one for me. Top service I have to say. I think this is pure unluck. It's not acceptable on 5k, 10 bit 500 nits screen to have cold color on one side and warm color on the other. Now I cross my finger the next one will be better.
Any pics?
 

andrewj44

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Sep 26, 2017
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If you are a creative professional who travels a lot or is always on the road you can't carry around an external monitor to compensate for the poor uniformity of the Retina screens (most of the one's I have seen anyway). My soon to die again 2011 MBP has the last of the high resolution matte anti glare screens on it and it is still perfect apart from dark shades where the searing heat has been expelled from the machine. These screens were perfectly uniform and perfectly colour correct. Whites are pure white and greys are perfect. I so wish Apple would make a laptop with the matte screen again. They are losing a lot of creatives because of these Retina issues.
 
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