700m/710m screens are an AU Optics screen, but a different model than the one used in the m1210 (B121EW02
). The latter is thinner and has reduced viewing angles. I have had both the Samsung and Toshiba screens. I talked to a service technician I have talked with several times who concurred that Toshiba screens are consistently the worst in the M1210 while the AU has the best one available; Samsung is only a little better than the Toshiba. However, the AU screen in the M1210 doesn't come close to the 700M/710M laptops, which have one of the best screens Dell has used in a laptop. His suggestion was to get one with an LG screen, jokingly; LG doesn't make one that size to go into the M1210 at this time (note to LG and Dell).
Someone was asking about "light bleed" or "light leek" earlier. That is exactly as it sounds. The screen tends not to be uniform from bottom to top and displays an uneven gradient. It appears brighter on the bottom than on the top typically (e.g. you may see a light red on the bottom where the same color will be a dark red at the top of the screen). Trying to adjust for this, either through gamma correction or brightness/contrast adjustment, really accomplishes nothing more than making the screen too dark to properly display images, especially with movies, or to bright, washing out the lower half of the screen. I think getting a screen that looks "great" on these machines is the exception to the norm of getting a poor screen. The image quality is also subpar compaired to the 700M screens, aside from the light bleed. It does not even come close in sharpness and clarity. It seems grainy by compairison. I too cannot understand Dell's thinking in putting a really s#!+y screen on a "high-end" system (???), aside from maybe some profitability issues. Why didn't they just go with the same screen as the 700M series? I would have paid a little extra for a good screen. Too bad you can't put the old screen in the new system (different inverter, cable, etc...).
For those of you that can't tell the difference in screens and think yours is great... Ignorance is bliss!
My advice to those people who value a good screen and want what they have paid for, either wait it out for Dell to figure out why their returns are so high and fix the problem, buy something else, or keep reordering-replacing the screen-returning-reordering-replacing the screen-returning-reordering... like I plan on doing until Dell finally figures it out faster ;-)