2011 13" Macbook Air - inconsistent screen quality

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  1. GadgetsNut

    GadgetsNut Notebook Evangelist

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    All this talk about the Samsung being the superior display is non-sense, based on my experience. I exchanged my 13" MBA. Take a look. The one on the right was mine. You're probably thinking that's an LG display. Wrong. I had the Samsung display. The one on the left is the display model with an LG display. Notice the whiter white.

    What bothered me is not even the yellowish white. See that dark area on the bottom? It was starting to drive me nuts at night. It is VERY noticeable at night when I dim the screen. The funny thing is it's more noticeable by the peripheral vision when I'm looking at another part of the screen, it's like something is in my eye. Very annoying.

    Also my replacement has the Toshiba SSD. I honestly can't tell it's any slower. Actually according to Xbench the Toshiba has better random access, which may actually be better off than big sequential numbers which is somewhat meaningless when accessing many small files, such as when booting the OS.

    The bottomline is that there's an inconsistency in quality, though I am very happy with my LG display/Toshiba SSD unit :D

    PS they didn't have a 256GB in stock. I exchanged it for the 128GB and put $300 back in my pocket.
     
  2. kornchild2002

    kornchild2002 Notebook Deity

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    I have heard about inconsistent screen quality issues with the 2011 13" MBA mainly revolving around the dark area at the bottom of the display. I can't see it in your picture (my eyes are thrown off by seeing your shadow in the picture) but I know it is an issue since you definitely aren't the only one complaining. It is kind of sad that this is happening but Apple definitely isn't the only one experiencing this. I remember when I purchased my Dell 17" notebook in 2005. The high res displays on those were either an LG or a Samsung and, if memory serves me correct, the LG ones were better while the Samsung models had more of a gradient backlight and blacks always came out as really dark grays. On the other hand, one of my other notebooks had the superior display which was made by Samsung.

    Either way, companies have to do this in order to keep up with customer demand. Dell, HP, Apple, Sony, etc. all do it. Otherwise they would have extremely difficult times keeping up with customer purchases.
     
  3. GadgetsNut

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    The dark area is right above where it says Macbook Air, it is the most pronounced in that area but it's along most of the bottom edge. I think someone mentioned that he returned the MBA because of it. It is not caused by my shadow which is right inbetween the two Macbooks. The MBA on the left is the store display unit, I can still see a hint of it when the screen is dimmed and only when on a white page. My replacement is just like that which is acceptable to me.

    I understand they have to source from multiple suppliers, one to keep up with demands, two use as leverage for better pricing, and three so that they can't be held hostage by a single supplier. I remember on some of the Dells some of the screen were grainy which is completely unacceptable. I have never seen an Apple laptop with a grainy screen like that, so at least Apple has some sort of control in that regard.
     
  4. aamsel

    aamsel Notebook Evangelist

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    oops mispost
     
  5. ARC

    ARC Notebook Guru

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    How can you determine which LCD manufacturer your panel on MBA is ? Does not show on About this Mac ....?
     
  6. FrozenWaltDisney

    FrozenWaltDisney Notebook Consultant

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    It won't show on the outside, and TBH most of the time you can tell from the GSX support site based on the part number.


    As for the LCD panel being slightly yellow, that is a very easy fix by adjusting the color as follows:

    System Preferences>Displays>Color Tab>Advanced

    This will allow you to adjust the machine to your own concept of whats the correct color. What I usually do is print off a copy of a color wheel on my printer and then adjust it to the screen so I get more accurate printing.


    As for the LCD panel being dark in one corner. Its a defect in that particular display. I have seen many of both screens and they have been fine. Just remember they make millions of these, unfortunately you got a bad one. Fortunately Apple is pretty good about flipping them out.
     
  7. earthlingsDOTcom

    earthlingsDOTcom Notebook Enthusiast

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    Now you have the LG display?

    Is it possible that when purchasing a Mabook Air, that I request for an LG display opposed to a Samsung? How can you tell who the display is made by, is it marked anywhere?
     
  8. FrozenWaltDisney

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    They will not know at the store, and I don't think system profiler will tell you either. As far as I know the only way is to check on the serial, but even then that only tells you a part number without who makes it. I wouldn't recommend taking it part to see the sticker on the back, which is where I know it is.

    I really wouldn't worry to much about it, if it doesn't work right, return it.
     
  9. GadgetsNut

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    Yes I got the LG display now which I'm very happy with, paired with the Toshiba SSD some call it the double whammy LOL. It bothered me a bit at first (I had prior experience with Toshiba being slow in a Sony Z, dual 64GB RAID0 SSD being slower than a single 64GB Sandforce SSD), but I honestly can't tell there's any difference in speed between this 128GB Toshiba and the one I returned with a 256GB Samsung. I'm not going to keep switching and end up with a bad display again. This one is a keeper.

    To see what LCD you have, run this command in terminal:

    ioreg -lw0 | grep IODisplayEDID | sed "/[^<]*</s///" | xxd -p -r | strings -6


    If it returns LP133WP1 it's the LG. If it returns LTH133BT it's the Samsung.
     
  10. dmk2

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    It's possible the inconsistency may not be in the panel, but in the backlight/light diffuser.
     
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