I don't think most people look for defective pixels - they just jump out at you when you are working on something and notice a bright dot that shouldn't be displaying.
So, as a poster said the reason why people should send computers with dead pixels back is because there are thousands of others who pay the same price and have no dead pixels. However how many of us are looking for them? I mean if they are so rare do you think the forum will have people constantly looking for pixels?
I do not think other brands of notebook computers are more or less suceptible to defective pixels than ThinkPads. IBM and other manufacturers (like Dell, Toshiba, Sony, HP/Compaq, Apple, etc) buy their panels from manufacturers who specify that a certain grade of panels may have up to a certain number of defects per panel.
Unfortunately or maybe not I know if I get one I most likely will look. However I guess what I am trying to say is do other computer s have the same amount of dead pixels new?
At the same time this is a forum on a specific notepad and honeslty I guess I woud like to hear about dead pixels and any other errors so this is just a thought. Disregard it as serious.