I decided to get my 17" MBP display replaced today, hoping that the replacement will have more even backlight so that, at the very least, things look the same regardless of where on the display the window happens to be. I don't have much hope that I'll get a good display, especially not after having had time to look at the other 17" displays at the Apple Store, all of which were pretty poorly illuminated. Anyway, great service from the apple genius. Here's my rant. After leaving the store I walked in to a COmpusa and went first to look at their Apple laptops, then to the PC laptop section so that I'd have the MBPs fresh in my mind when I looked at the PCs. They had Sony, HP and Toshibas and ALL of them- even the cheapest one - had very evenly illuminated displays, no 'grain' and all better viewing angles than the MBPs. I've seen this before, but I checked again today just to confirm. I opened black and white solid colored desktops to look for bleeding and uneven brightness - couldn't see any at all. Then I opened desktops with pictures to look at the viewing angles. Except for one machine (a small Sony), they all had good horizontal viewing angles with very little colorshift. Nothing like the one-inch head movement color shift of the MBPs... I want to know WHY it's like this? Seriously: how can Apple continue to churn out laptops with displays that are so obviously poor??? I can come up with three possible scenarios: A) They just chose the cheapest displays they could find, regardless of quality. If this is the case, they must have actively looked for the worst displays since most other PC laptops, including the cheapest, seem to have higher quality displays. Honestly, I'd be satisfied with any of the displays saw there and I'm picky. B) There is a manufacturing problems with the displays used. This is very unlikely given that Apple uses four different manufacturers (AUO, samsung, chimei and LG) for its 15 and 17" models. All the displays used have unique problems. C) Something with the design of the display bezel is messing with the displays during the assembly process, causing uneven brightness. I doubt the grain can be caused by anything else than a manufacturing flaw during the coating process, but maybe the backlighting can be affected by how the displays are handled and assembled into the bezels? I can't think of any other explanations - any thoughts? It's a disgrace that Apple is producing such great laptops with such terrible displays. For those who don't agree with me - just go into a computer store and compare what they have with what you have....I'm not talking Dells here, but rather: HP, Toshiba, Acer, Compaq, Sony.