Screen on 2013 13" Air actually improved!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by mopppish, Aug 6, 2013.

  1. mopppish macrumors 6502

    Nov 27, 2005
    Hi, y'all.
    So, I bought a CTO 13" Air recently.
    When it showed up, the first thing I noticed on the gray linen startup image was some light bleed and other irregularities at the bottom of the screen (around the center).
    Checking on white and black backgrounds and different brightness and ambient light levels confirmed this.
    I actually decided right away that I would just live with it as I know no screen is perfect and that a replacement could be as bad or worse.
    Even though this shouldn't make any difference, I couldn't help myself and tried "massaging" the problem area one night with a microfiber cloth.
    Lo and behold, the screen has actually improved since then (had it for about 2 weeks now). The light bleed and other blobs at the bottom of the screen are almost completely gone.
    Unfortunately, I don't have before/after pics, but the fact that I really have to look hard for the spot on both white and black backgrounds confirms in my head that the issue has improved. EVEN IF IT HASN'T REALLY IMPROVED, I don't notice it anymore, and that's what really matters.
    Now, it's still not perfect. This Air still has that little bit of dark gradient on the bottom of the screen, and like almost every screen ever there is a very subtle yellowing as you go towards the bottom.
    Keep in mind that this was a ship-to-store delivery that sat for 5 days before I picked it up.
    I'm just mentioning this all to say, enjoy your machines! Whatever imperfection you notice at first might not actually be a problem. Even if it doesn't improve like mine (maybe) did, you'll probably stop noticing it after a few weeks.
    Have a good day!

    P.S. No, I have no idea who the manufacturer of my screen is, and I have no interest in checking. It looks very good to me, and that's all I care about. :p
  2. gavinstubbs09 macrumors 65816


    Feb 17, 2013
    NorCal boonies ~~~by Reno sorta
    I jumped from a Late 2006 MacBook Pro 15" with a 1440x900 to the Air with the 13" and same pixels. I can't stand laptops with 1366x768 anymore (on a 15").
  3. Hello... macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2011
    I am using a 2007 MBP and just ordered the Air, hope it a good difference , was going to buy a mini again at refresh, but using the laptop, i am in love again...
  4. Isamilis macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2012
    I think the light bleeding is because of wet glue from factory. They will gone after the glue dried.
  5. hockeyfanatic macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2011
    What kind of glue do they use that takes over a week to dry ?:rolleyes:
  6. Isamilis macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2012
    I don't know either. I've read similar experience somewhere and the genius guy explain like that.
  7. m98custom1212 macrumors 6502

    Jul 20, 2013
    Toledo, Ohio
    That does happen.. Depending on the glue it can keeps weeks to dry if not cured in the correct humidity

    How do I know? We/My work makes electronics and electronics components for the military (Phalanx, A10 Warhog, F/A-18 Hornet)
  8. hockeyfanatic macrumors member

    Feb 23, 2011

    Thanks for the info. Never thought Product would ship while glue still wet.

    Have F-35b's hover over my head frequently. They seem to enjoy watching golf. I hope their glue is nice and dry.

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