Uneven Backlight (Pics)

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by laureled, Oct 12, 2011.

  1. laureled macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    I recently bought a 13" MBA. I'm seeing some backlight unevenness and am wondering if any of you have the same problem.

    The first image is at 10% brightness. You can see two-thirds to the right a darker area that's around 2" x 2."

    The second image is at 30% brightness and the third one is at 70%. I have to say it's a non issue at 70% brightness.

    I'm overall very pleased with the machine. It's slightly annoying when I'm on battery and want to view emails at the lower bottom right of the screen.

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  2. Aras87 macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2011
    I had one worse than that. Get it changed. this is not acceptable and it will bug you a lot when viewing web pages, PDFs basically anything with white background.
  3. laureled thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    I used a cloth to gently press on the darker areas, which seemed to improve. I remember reading somewhere about the diffuser and screen not properly adhering together. Maybe carrying the Air in my bag for half a mile somehow separated them? Man, owning a Mac already makes me feel antsy.
  4. fireworksdesign macrumors member

    Apr 8, 2011
    Are you sure about pressing the air ? Was there an improvement after?
  5. laureled thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 12, 2011
    The splotches are still there but less noticeable. The Air either developed them or I didn't notice them at first. I thought the screen was fantastic on the first day.

    I'll be carrying the machine around tomorrow and taking it in and out of my bag, which will apply pressure on the lid. If the splotches develop again, it's going back.

    Here's a photo after the pressing, with the screen brightness at the second block:

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  6. jackyyeow macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2011
    Exactly the same thing happened to my friend's 2011 MBA 13", at first he didn't notice it and thought it was perfect, but seems to develop it somehow but seems to be stable. He has the Samsung display just FYI.

    By the way just want to add that my other friend's Macbook White has this huge splotch, or rather, half the screen (lower half) has this dark shadow. He said he doesn't mind as long as it works. It goes to show that some people actually don't mind at all. I was at a huge shock when I saw it, and if it's my machine, I wouldn't even want to turn it on and use it.
  7. kyrian-bcn macrumors newbie

    Oct 13, 2011
  8. superego macrumors member

    Jun 24, 2009
    Looks awful. Unevenness of backlight is a common flaw, but that looks certainly worse than average. I would return it.
  9. RobNor macrumors 6502

    May 29, 2010
    I have a 2010 MBA with Samsung panel and this has a pretty even backlight my 2011 one with LG panel is a little darker towards the bottom
  10. Epic Xbox Revie macrumors 6502a

    Epic Xbox Revie

    Jun 15, 2010
    Washington, D.C.
    Take it back right now. You won't enjoy it otherwise.

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