So today I decided to visit the Apple Store over on Regent St. here in London to check out the latest and greatest Santa Rosa MBP's with the possible intent of replacing my aging 15" PowerBook G4. It's been getting a bit long in the tooth so to speak. I was aware of the reports of the yellow screen problems posted by so many forum users and figured I'd check it out myself at Regent St. HQ. Well... the good news is that of the many 15" SR MBP's I checked out, the yellow tint anomaly wasn't nearly as bad as I had figured. In fact, I had a hard time discerning any abnormal hue shifts after slapping on an all white single colour backdrop. The bad news was the very dissapointing viewing angle on every single MBP I looked at. Glossy, Matte, even the non LED LCD screen of the 17 incher showed significant vignetting. There wasn't a single position/angle I could place my head in that would yield an acceptable (to me) result. And believe me, I tried.... I was bopping and swaying around like a mad man. Convinced they must have a bad batch on display I ran over to John Lewis on Oxford Street.... same thing, Micro Anvika on Tottenham Court Road.... ditto... Square Group store... again... same result I also made sure to run the checks to find out which panels where in the MBP's. It was a mixture of both the LG's and Samsung's. Both had the problem. Disgruntled and disappointed I came back to my three year old PowerBook and layed in the same white backdrop to double check if I had been ignorant to viewing angles all these years with my PB. Ofcourse I hadn't. The difference is startling. The viewing angles are so much better. Sure, not as good as a Cinema Display, but perfectly acceptable to the point where I am really not bothered by it in daily use. I wish I could say the same thing for the new MBP screens. Heck, the MacBook screens in the stores showed better viewing angles! In the end I just couldn't justify dropping down the cash for a laptop with such an inferior screen. Aside from the risk of getting a yellowed panel, the vignetting would haunt me too much. I have to say I'm rather disappointed to see Apple take such a step backwards in terms of quality. For crying out loud, this is a laptop intended for professional photographers, editors, VFX artists. Come on Apple, give us something decent. Anyway, apologies for this rant.... It's just been a long time since I've been dissapointed by an Apple product and it's a rather strange sensation.