Originally Posted by 5150 Joker
Pixel policies are well and good but Dell is notoriously bad in having some of the worst functioning displays in the industry. As fullout pointed out, Sony and Toshiba displays are usually head and shoulders above Dell in quality. Why is that? They all use pretty much the same manufacturers so it comes down to accepting manufacturing defects and passing it down to the consumer. Apparently Sony and Toshiba have tighter control over what they are willing to pass down to their customers but Dell doesn't because it wants to maximize profits, its that simple. You can't even make the argument that the XPS M1710 is a better value than competing Toshiba or even AW (a Dell subsidiary now) because those systems are price competitie with Dell and still come out on top with respect to LCD quality. Dell has no excuse whatsoever to compromise LCD quality and I'm still surprised none of you are the least bit concerned that Vincent told me the LG display for the XPS2/M1710 is the same unit and that his tech "buddy" changed out the panels himself and confirmed it! If that's true, Dell is falsely advertising it's 30% brighter claim.
My comment to FullOut was directed to his misunderstanding that any
bad pixels on an LCD render it defective. He questioned where it was written that two bad pixels were ok, and I answered his question by directing him to the manufacturers warranties and industry-wide policies on bad pixel limits on LCD monitors. Now, on a different issue of general LCD quality between laptop manufacturers, I agree with you 99%. But, I think you would be hard-pressed to find a laptop with similar features (CPU type, hard drive, RAM, wireless, etc), for the same money Dell charges, from Sony or Toshiba. Show me a Sony VAIO with a 1.66 DUAL CORE CPU, 512MB RAM, 80GB HDD, DVDBurner and Wifi for $699? I just looked at sonystyle.com and couldn't find anything close to that price (except a lousy Celeron). I admit that Dell's choices of LCD displays have gotten worse with this generation of laptops. But their prices are some of the lowest too. So, "pick your poison", as they say...empty your wallet to Sony for that pixel perfect, wonderfully bright and beautiful display, or have some extra spending cash and get a Dell with a lesser quality display (everything else being equal, since neither Dell or Sony make Hard Drives, wifi cards, CPU's, Video adapters, etc.). Now, with respect to the M1710, I blame Dell 100% for "sticking it to the customer" on this one. As I have stated in previous threads, for the money we spend on the M1710, there should be a TOP QUALITY LCD panel in there, not some recycled, two generation old panel. Personally, i've had to put in some time and effort to get a decent panel for my M1710 (which I am still waiting to get my 2nd LG panel. The tech showed up today with just a bezel...no panel!!!! Apparently Dell reversed some digits on a part number and instead of an LCD, I got a D620 display bezel!). Personally, I think Dell owes all M1710 owners a display replacement with a much better quality LCD...I'll support that.