Testing an OLED Laptop Display: It's Pretty Amazing

amstech

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Was at Best Buy today in the Salmon Run Mall in Watertown, NY.
Looked at a few OLED LG's and a few Samsung QLEDs running the same 4K content side by side, going to go with the QLED I think.
Colors are magnificent and they've really sharpened the technology, I was looking at a model Samsung call the Q70. Viewing angles have also greatly improved and there is no reflection to speak of.
The OLED LG's was very impressive though, no doubt about that.
 
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retsxel

Just not interested in such a screen at such a small size. 18.4"? Ok let's talk. I love my Alienware 18.4" system and simply will not consider a 15" for any serious work that involves such a screen.
 

Dimitrios

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I'll have to do more reading about OLED burn in but does running a simple screen saver mitigate the problem like in the phosphor days or does the tech not work that way?
I have a desktop OLED monitor and 65 inch OLED TV. I'm NOT impressed!

My monitor burned in twice and stayed with old letters and icons from my FIREFOX gray screen homepage. Happened a month ago and had to turn off my monitor and wait a few mins and the burn in went away. I was on a bright white page and you can see the previous page on it!

My tv had a weird washout from having paused it for a few hrs but thankfully went away quickly. I do have only black did pixel near the lower right bezel area.
 

ypsylon

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Well to be honest I would love to get my hands on awesome screen like that, but... that burning issue is a total bummer.

Just take my case. I run e.g. DAZ, ZBrush or Affinity for say 8h/day I cannot afford to rotate interface around every once in a while. Interface is there for a reason. It takes time to customize and fit into a workflow. It's bonkers that after said 8h/day of sculpting or rendering screen in a year will become inherently broken. What kind of stupid technology is that? I get it, you have glorious colors perfect for graphic work, but it's not worth the problems you WILL encounter long-term.

And people complain about planned-obsolescence from Apple? In what way this is different? When you know in advance that screen will fail in it's primary function - to properly display accurate content. Nuts!

Only for gaming? Seems that way. And very quick at that.
 

Gahl1k

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This display also blows away most desktop PC monitors, which is why we really hope we find a way to get more OLED displays up and running as monitors.
As long as we have people who blow $900 on a premium shitty TN monitor, monitor manufacturers won't bother for a long time.
 
I'll have to do more reading about OLED burn in but does running a simple screen saver mitigate the problem like in the phosphor days or does the tech not work that way?
I have a desktop OLED monitor and 65 inch OLED TV. I'm NOT impressed!

My monitor burned in twice and stayed with old letters and icons from my FIREFOX gray screen homepage. Happened a month ago and had to turn off my monitor and wait a few mins and the burn in went away. I was on a bright white page and you can see the previous page on it!

My tv had a weird washout from having paused it for a few hrs but thankfully went away quickly. I do have only black did pixel near the lower right bezel area.
its was not burn in if it went away its image retention totally different
 
Using a screensaver will not help with burn-in as it's a fundamentally different problem. Burn-in is caused by pixels wearing at different rates. For instance, let's say you watch a lot of CNN on your TV. After many years, that bright CNN logo in the corner may be permanently burned into your TV. I suppose you could try to burn-in the rest of the display to compensate, but it will not work out very well. In any case, that's why static content on PC is a concern. That said, there are definitely ways around it.
It's not a competition - OLED leaves its "competitors" in the dust. It's like arguing over a Steam Engine vs Gas.
 
It's not a competition - OLED leaves its "competitors" in the dust. It's like arguing over a Steam Engine vs Gas.
it's a fundamentally different problem. Burn-in is caused by pixels wearing at different rates. For instance, let's say you watch a lot of CNN on your TV. After many years, that bright CNN logo in the corner may be permanently burned into your TV. I suppose you could try to burn-in the rest of the display to compensate, but it will not work out very well. In any case, that's why static content on PC is a concern. That said, there are definitely ways around it.
 
Having bought one of these, something that they don't tell you about OLED is "oled banding"

In dark scenes (touted by the author as the reason to get an oled ha ha) you get a very uneven picture. Its like brightness is subtracted in bands. This affects all OLEDs and is like this brand new from the factory.

So what you say... but with a laptop screen, what if you turn the screen brightness down?

Unfortunately, this triggers the uneven picture. At min brightness in HDR mode with a white internet explorer background on this laptop, it looks like the screen is dirty, the variation in brightness looks like 50%! Not great when you just plonked a wad of cash on it.

The effect is most obvious <20% grey and I can't tell even though I know its there above 50% grey, _at full brightness_

So be warned if you run your OLED below full brightness it suddenly doesn't look so flash any more.

Apparently this is 'normal'