Safest Non-retina 15 Inch MacBook Pro to buy in regards to the screen?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by SoupyFlow, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. SoupyFlow macrumors member

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    Hi all, I am in the market to get a new 15 inch MacBook Pro. I have already gone through THREE Retina MacBook Pros and all had issues with their screens. All were LG and the first one had a dead pixel right in the middle of the screen, the second had very bad uneven brightness, and the third had uneven brightness, ghosting and image retention. I gave up and just got my money back. I did purchase them all from Best Buy (yeah I know), so I don't know if Best Buy get's the worst Macs or what.

    I have pretty much given up on getting a retina, so I am looking to get a Hi-Res normal 15 inch MacBook Pro. However I know some of their screens have issues as well.

    So I ask, what is the safest normal 15 inch MacBook Pro configuration to get where your screen will probably be perfect? As in Hi-Res Glossy, Hi-Res Anti-Glare etc?

    I was planning to order from B&H since it's tax free, but would there be any issues returning the MacBook Pro if there were issues with the screen that came in?
     
  2. NutsNGum macrumors 68030

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    I'm afraid you may just have to accept that you will never be happy with anything.
     
  3. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    If you're that picky, buy local. It'll be easier to exchange it for one that doesn't have issues.

    That being said, I'm not, nor will I ever, endorse buying from Best Buy. I don't think they get poor Apple products or anything, I just don't like the way a few situations I've had to deal with them were handled.
     
  4. SoupyFlow thread starter macrumors member

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    LOL

    Well actually I have been happy with my purchases in the past. I am not OCD however I just want a screen that doesn't have any issues. I do a lot of design work so things like uneven brightness etc are a concern let alone burn-in.

    When I put down $2800+ plus for a laptop, it should not have issues.

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    Actually I did buy local at Best Buy for the very reason of being able to easily do an exchange and their Macs were on sale.

    I am not being picky, I can live with small issues, but the problems I had with the three Retina MacBook Pros were too bad and I could not over look them.
     
  5. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Then I guess try Best Buy again? I feel dirty just for suggesting it.

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    Also, of you're trying to avoid paying taxes, there are other places besides B&H. I'm sure there are Mac resellers in Oregon, we don't have a sales tax here.
     
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  7. SoupyFlow thread starter macrumors member

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    Well I initially wanted a non-retina 15 inch MacBook Pro, the $1799 model with the High Res screen upgrade ($1899 total) but neither Best Buy or the Apple Store has that configuration. The only non-retina high res they had was beefed up with specs that I didnt care about (like 1TB 5400 RPM HD) and it was $2700.
     
  8. SoupyFlow thread starter macrumors member

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    So back to my original question:

    Which non-retina 15 inch MacBook Pro screen configuration is the safest option? Which one has received the best track record so far on not having a faulty screen? High-res Glossy, High-res Antigalre? Possibly non high-res?
     
  9. Zeov macrumors 6502a

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    im glad im not an expert in monitors and study them a magnifying glass to find otherwise invisible dead pixels.. when i open up my mac, the first thing i do is enjoy it :-D.. yellow tint and light bleed? no idea what it is.
     
  10. chrf097 macrumors 68040

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    What do you mean by "safest"? They're all safe. You're just picky :p
     
  11. SoupyFlow thread starter macrumors member

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    Wow, I came here for help and not criticism. If you are not here to help then go back to your parent's basement (the same parents who bought your Macs). There are tons of threads on here with people complaining about their screen problems, go lurk there.

    I am not picky, the issues I have encountered with the three Retina MacBook Pros were very noticeable. When I pay almost $3k for a laptop I expect there to be no problems. Keyword when "I" pay.

    When I mean safest, I mean which screen configuration has gotten the best track record in the forums. There are other threads where people are posting which screen version they have and if there are any issues.
     
  12. JD92 macrumors 6502a

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    Ignore all these guys, man - I know exactly what you mean.

    I can't say for sure you'll get a problem-free one, but I know I was very happy with my high-res anti-glare screen on my MBP, and I'm quite OCD about displays (to the extent that I've also sent back 3 rMBPs).

    Good luck, I'm sure you'll end up landing on a computer you like :)
     
  13. SoupyFlow thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks! :)
     
  14. illini71 macrumors member

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    i have a rMBP with an LG screen and its perfect. To be honest i have never had a screen problem with a laptop. i have had 4 iPhones, 2 MBA's, 1 MBWhite, 1 MBP, 5 iPads 2 Retina, 2 reg, and one iPad 1. I have never had one dead pixel or ghosting or light bleeding or any of the problems. Maybe im just lucky, that cant be true cause im still poor!
     
  15. Orange Furball macrumors 65816

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    I would have tried every retina they had in stock. I just looked at one at my fake Apple store and its awesome.

    But quality control on the regular screens (even high Res) is much better I would assume (less pixels and less demand)

    I hope you get a good laptop and are happy in the end! These things are to much to have to "settle" good luck!
     
  16. Yetitrician macrumors newbie

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    I can agree with the argument about expecting no problems. I just ordered my first mac ever. As far as hardware is concerned you can get a similar spec'd brand x laptop for HALF the price of a mac.
    I ordered mine because they are supposed to have the best quality control and the UI is supposed to be seamless.

    The MBP i ordered has the glossy hi-res screen. If it ever gets through processing and they deliver it I will make the same no-compromise inspection on mine.

    If they want to charge twice as much for their products; I and you sir have the right, rather the responsibility to be twice as "picky".

    Other wise we would be foolish consumers! Or fan boy idiots just trying to be trendy.
     
  17. Textureboy macrumors 6502

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    If you could afford the Retina I think you should try again! I've read people who have returned it as well but maybe your next purchase might be perfect? You are spending a lot of money on this and have all rights to return or exchange it if not satisfied.

    I've returned my Samsung Galaxy S2 more then 4x that's why I'm not sure which brand is better any more.
     

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