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Macbook Pro Things to look out for

Updated on December 4, 2010

After purchasing your macbook pro and receiving it, here are some things you should look out for after having it in your hands. This will allow you to spot and troubleshoot problems quickly and efficiently with minimal time spent, as well as giving you ample time to capitalize on the 2 weeks leeway time for returns with no questions asked by the person manning the apple store you are returning the laptop to.

The first in the line of things to do and to look out for would be to check and test your screen, your laptop screen that is. Search for macbook pro screen test on the internet and it should point you to guides on how to conduct such a test. There are many different ways to go about doing it but there are two key tests to look out for. The first is the dead pixel test. This is a rather easy test, a common way is to have single color full screens that will flash different colors from white to blue to black and etc. From this you should see if you have dead or stuck pixels, they would be one tiny square that stands out from the testing. You might have a few of these. If you do, that might be a good time to return your macbook pro and ask for a replacement. The other common way to screen for dead pixels might be simpler. Go to youtube, take any video and full screen it and play it, just make sure it fits the screen and have plenty of color changes. If you can't be bothered looking for a standard pixel test, or you aren't too picky about dead pixels provided they are not obvious in daily life, this can be a quicker test than searching for a pixel test webpage. If you have the time however the pixel test page is still better.

The other screen test to watch out for would be the yellow tint, this one is much harder than the pixel test. The yellow tint might trump most people who aren't color and design professionals as it might be obvious but you might not be aware of the problem. It is also much harder to get help as taking pictures from it from a camera could be effectively useless. Its test for yellow tint is usually in the form of two parallels strips of the same color one located at the top and the other at the bottom. You are then asked to compare the difference. View it from your usual viewing angle and see if the bottom appears lighter. If it does appear lighter or slightly yellower on more than one occasions, for a few different colored bar strips, then you might have yellow tint. Sometimes it could just be your viewing angle. The other method is to take a high quality photo, preferably black and white with a lot of contrasts, and move it around your screen, if it looks more or less the same throughout your screen should be safe.

Yellow tint is less of a problem than with dead pixels though, as if you are not using your macbook pro for photography or design work it would be less obvious and you might not even notice it. If you can live with it, it might be worth keeping it instead of the hassle of replacing it.

The final thing to check for that you can make immediate complains about would be the battery life. There seems to be a bug currently with migration assistant that cuts your battery life by more than half. Compare your macbook pro battery life test according to the benchmarks, everyone's usage is different but if you are having much less battery life (more than 20% difference) then you may have a problem and you should give Apple Customer service a call. Or you could just have a random and inevitable faulty battery that comes up now and again.

Another thing to watch out for would be the freezing issues, but there is currently much doubt about the topic so you should make your own research if you have reasons to suspect.


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      Jose Misael Polanco 4 years ago from Los Angeles

      My macbook pro started to over heat after a few minutes in youtube, then i had some serious problems with my laptop being too much warm after installing Mac os X i had resolved the issue my self but i see this one macbook pro has some more dents on the back of the screen that other models do not happen to have.

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      Csjun89 7 years ago

      No problem at all it was good to help!

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      rshemeley 7 years ago

      Another good article about MacBook Pro displays. Seems like people have a love-hate relationship with them. I didn't know about the tests you could do -- now I'll have to check mine. Thanks!