Uneven Backlight On 2013 Airs?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by peglegjack, Jun 21, 2013.

  1. peglegjack macrumors 6502


    Jul 30, 2011
    Brooklyn, NY
    I received my new Macbook Air on Tuesday, and I just can't shake the way the backlight is on the bottom of the screen when it's white. You may not be able to make it out too well by the picture, but there's a couple places on the bottom left portion and a place on the bottom right portion where this happens, not to mention a faint change in color all over the bottom edge of the screen.

    Is this common in Macbook Airs, as in is this something that I should just deal with? I compared it side by side with a 2008 Macbook and it doesn't have this.

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  2. techn0lady macrumors regular

    Apr 10, 2010
    I think you should take it back. It looks to me like they installed the screen upside-down
  3. Jesla macrumors 6502a


    Jan 7, 2013
    Tennessee USA
  4. Diversion macrumors 6502a


    Oct 5, 2007
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I also had the uneven lighting on my previous 2013 11".. Returned it and got a 13" instead and never looked back.. 13" models seem to have a much better uniformed screen.
  5. Appledreamer macrumors member

    Jun 16, 2011
    mine too has the bottom corners and they fade out and there not white but would they really replace the macbook air, and what if i got one and it was even worse?

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  6. kodeman53 macrumors 65816

    May 4, 2012
  7. snood macrumors newbie

    Jan 6, 2004
    I noticed this too on my 13" 2013 model, and while trying to find others with the same issue stumbled on this thread about the 2011 models-


    I think it's just how the MBA screen is made that creates this slight gradient. Most likely all models have it. I checked a 2012 model that we have at work and I could notice it on that one too.
  8. jksu macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2009
    yes, unfortunately it's common, this backlight bleed. have it on mine (2010 11")... dont' notice it too much unless you have a mostly dark background.

    when i bought a 2012 it was even worse i had to return it. the replacement 2012 was better, but after using it a few days, it ran hot and noisy so i decided to keep the 2010.

    tempted with the 2013 for the battery life. sad to hear the screens are pretty much the same. definitely apple's way to push people towards retina but they dont' have retina in the 11" form factor!
  9. ValSalva macrumors 68040


    Jun 26, 2009
    Burpelson AFB
    This is a problem on all the Airs. When I first got my Fall 2010 11" Air I noticed the top and bottom of the display was dim about 2-3mm in.

    I thought this was a defect in my computer so I went to the Apple store to see if the floor units had the same problem. They all did.

    It's kind of annoying. Sometimes I avoid having apps open to the very bottom of the display. With Safari I have the Status Bar displayed which hides the backlight fade at the bottom of the screen.

    I guess this is the price for thinness :rolleyes: Once you realize your computer is not defective it's easier to ignore.
  10. Jedi Master macrumors regular

    Apr 5, 2013
    ar the moment on the Death Star
    Screen is install correctly see the keyboard, screen looks good

    All is good, enjoy it

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