Refurb 17" MBP, LED Backlight??

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by shakenmartini, May 8, 2008.

  1. shakenmartini macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2008
    Hi all,

    How do I know if the 17" Macbook Pros in the refurb store have LED backlight? Apple doesn't seem to list if the screen is LED or CCFL for any of the refurb machines. An example link is below.


    If these have LED backlight, they seem like a good deal, but if not I'm not so sure.

  2. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    That's the previous model without the led you can tell by the 256vram in the gpu not to mention its a 1680x1050 resolution and ONLY the 1920x1200 hi resolution displays have the led backlighting technology with the 512mb vram 8600m gt.

    Because last years model did have the hi res 1920x1200 resolution glossy or matte screens for the 17" mbp with 2.6Ghz maxed out but the hi resolution or standard resolution screens did NOT have led backlighting. You can distinguish because of the 256vram and this year they bumped up the highest spec'd 17" with 2.6Ghz or 2.5Ghz with 512mb vram so that's how you can tell if the 1920x1200 screens will have led backlighting or not.
  3. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    i would go under the assumption that if it doesn't list the led backlit display, then it doesn't have it. keep in mind the only 17" model with led-backlit displays are the current generation ones with the hi-res displays.
  4. shakenmartini thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 29, 2008
    Thanks for your responses, I think I understand now that the refurb store is only last generation hardware, not fixed up current generation hardware.

    Now this makes my decision harder to go with a 15" with LED (new, current) or last generation 17" with CCFL.
  5. HastaLaVista macrumors member

    Just my $.02, but buy a refurb 15.4" ($1,649) and take the $$ you would have spent on the 17" Hi-Res and buy a decent 23/24" 1920x1200 external monitor.

    That's what I am doing (my 15.4" 2.4 GHz is on a FedEx truck coming across the country).
  6. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

    Sep 4, 2006
    Best idea =D
  7. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    There is nothing wrong with CCFL. I like my CCFL

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