Laptops with OLED screens are a real revolution. Why is it worth buying one?
Back then, computer screens were huge, heavy, and black and white. Then came the revolution. First, we got color and saw the world in completely new colors… well. Then the cathode ray tubes with huge… oh, we replaced the enclosures with slender LCD panels. By the way, we found that the 27″ screen is more comfortable to use than the 17″ screen, while the laptop screen doesn’t have to be spoiled by wide bezels.
Now, before our eyes, another breakthrough is happening. I’m talking about expanding screens OLEDincreasingly found in laptops. And not just for the most expensive machines, but also for equipment within reach of the average Kowalski. Why is this so important and what can be gained by choosing a computer with this type of display?
OLED – how does it work?
About that in a second. For now, a mandatory technique lesson to understand what all this OLED really is. Quite simply, it is an alternative display technology to the LCD screenwhich has significant differences.
Most modern displays use different variations of LCD technology. It does not matter if we take a TN, VA or IPS matrix, their principle of operation is approximately the same. They use a liquid crystal matrix on which the image is displayed, but which itself does not generate light. For this reason, they require additional lightingmost often in the form of LEDs.
This is a relatively simple and proven solution, and the technology itself has been brought to near perfection over the years. Nevertheless, it still imposes many restrictions. For example, on the LCD matrix, we will never get perfect black, because even the darkest parts of the displayed image always remain highlighted.
This is where technology comes in OLEDwhich uses liquid crystals instead organic diodeswho by themselves, they can emit light. This means that there is no need for additional backlighting, and the image displayed by such matrices is characterized, among other things, by true black, higher contrast and much better viewing angles.
Of course, for many of you this will not be new. After all, OLED screens have been with us for a few years: whether in smartphones or televisions.
Well, among the first, they almost completely replaced traditional LCD panels. So why is their use in computers so rarely talked about? For several reasons. The most serious risk was the so-called matrix burn-in in the event of long-term display of static picture elements. However, with the refinement of technology, this problem has been largely solved and today we don’t have to worry about the durability of OLED panels (at least not as much as a few years ago). This paved the way for their appearance in computers.
OLED screens in laptops – the future is at hand
And we’re not just talking about the most expensive machines for the elect. ASUS has introduced into its offer a whole line of laptops with OLED displays, which are offered in different price segments. Ranging from reasonably priced ASUS Vivobook laptops such as the ASUS Vivobook Pro K3500Pthrough compact ultrabooks like the model ASUS Zenbook 14X OLEDup to pro-style machines ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLEDwe wrote more about it here.
Okay, but at this point it would be appropriate to ask what’s in there as users? How will the OLED screen affect our use of a laptop computer and why is it worth choosing such a computer?
OLED screen – what are the advantages?
There are many reasons, but first you need to answer a very important question: how do you use your computer?
To watch movies on Netflix and other streaming services? Then a laptop with an OLED screen will give you an even better experience during the session. High contrast and perfect black are the guarantee even in the darkest scenes, you’ll be able to see lots of previously elusive detail. In turn, thanks to bright and saturated colors, the image on the screen will gain a whole new dimension.
Are you a gamer? In this case, you will surely appreciate that in addition to brilliant colors, OLED matrices also guarantee instant response time. We speak of response time of the same order 0.2 millisecondstherefore several times shorter than in the case of the fastest LCD matrices.
Or maybe you only use your laptop for Word and Internet browsing? Even here, OLED technology can bring measurable benefits. Above all such matrices give off much less irritating blue lightand the image they display is much more pleasing to the eye. After all, even Facebook is more pleasant to navigate when accompanied by bright colors, and after tilting the screen slightly, the image does not suddenly turn gray, right? and Combined with a dark theme, an OLED display can help extend your laptop’s battery life. Only advantages!
OLED – a designer’s dream
Most of the benefits, however, will be felt by people who work with graphics daily. I deliberately left this topic for the end, because here some generalities with nicer colors and real black are not enough – here you need specific details. So let’s get to the numbers.
Let’s take a pattern on the wallpaper ASUS Vivobook Pro 15 OLED. It is one of the cheapest laptops with an OLED matrix on the market. Despite the “PRO” in the name, this is more of a home computer, in the price range of the average Kowalski. Its specification, however, includes a fast processor Intel Core i7-11370H and layout NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3050so if we want to use it to work with graphics, it will meet the challenge without any problem.
We will also find on board OLED screen with a diagonal of 15.6″ and a resolution of 1920×1080. At this point, I could rewrite the rest of its settings from the manufacturer’s website, but decided to measure them myself. This way I can confirm that the screen provides more 99.5% sRGB gamut coverage and over 80% Adobe RGB and DCI-P3 space coverage. This is much more than competing devices with LCD matrices, especially since we constantly operate in the budget segment. Such settings are more than enough to work with graphics for publication on the Internet and in print, especially if we perform additional calibration.
And it is the cheapest model offered. When choosing professional equipment, e.g. ASUS ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED, we can count on even better settings and a set of additional solutions dedicated to creative work. Even a button ASUS Dialthanks to which we will be able to precisely control the compatible applications.
But whether we’re a developer who uses a laptop to design stunning graphics or just need a laptop to check our emails from time to time, OLED is a revolution we all benefit from. And more importantly: it’s a revolution that is already within reach today!
The hardware was created in cooperation with ASUS.
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