How OLED displays are revolutionizing the laptop market

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OLED displays in laptops (Photo: ASUS)

Everyone has heard about OLED displays in TVs. But which technologies are most common for transferring images in laptops? We talk about what will change the market of portable devices in the coming year.

Laptops are essential tools in people’s lives. We use them for study, work, and entertainment: watching content, playing games, and creating everything we can. The annual laptop market in the world is at 160 million devices and demand continues to grow annually.

Despite the regular iron update, the release of innovative lines, laptops continue to serve perfectly, on average, for 4-7 years before they are changed. Recently there was a strong argument in favor of replacing the old laptop with a new one – and it is called OLED display!

Many of us have long known about OLED displays. They have been successfully used in TVs and flagship smartphones for several years.

For those who have not heard about OLED screens, but without even knowing it, uses or saw them, note a couple of important facts. Initially, the development of the technology “organic LEDs” (which, later, and called OLED) began in the company Kodak in the late ’80s.

At that time, OLED was developed as a replacement for LCD technology (yes, even then it was considered obsolete), because the efficiency of color recoil and durability were much higher.

The main difference between OLED and LCD is the lack of backlighting. Each pixel here glows on its own when an electric current passes through it. And if the pixel is off, the color is still (black). As a result, the OLED display has the deepest and most natural color compared to the LCD.

To emphasize this feature, consumer electronics manufacturers use contrasting wallpaper with catchy colors. This allows you to attract the attention of the buyer and show the features of the screen as we stroll through the electronics store.

Other advantages of OLED technology include incredibly high image contrast (1,000,000:1 and above), delightful color, HDR mode for video viewing, wide color coverage (100% DCI-P3), and record low response. All this makes the picture just fantastically beautiful and lively. You won’t want to look at any other screen.

There is another important, plus – the spectrum of blue in an OLED display is 70% lower than all the LCDs that we use now. All the caveats that we need to look less “look at the monitor” are associated with the negative impact on our eyes of this color.

And also, when you consider how much time children spend behind the screens of computers and smartphones almost from birth – in general, it becomes clear that THE OLED laptop – is a great investment in the health of the family.

Of course, it is fair to mention the flaws of OLED technology. There are only two of them: the cost of the matrix and the increased energy consumption, which is easily compensated by the increased battery, but now is not about that. Until recently, there was another “flaw”: OLED displays were not produced for laptops in diagonals (13, 14, and 15-inches).

There is a lot of discussion about the reasons for this injustice, but the fact is that the only manufacturer of OLED displays that approved the release of the panels for laptops – Samsung – did so only in 2019. And the laptop vendors immediately rushed to the negotiations.

ASUS was one of the first to produce an OLED laptop ZenBook Pro Duo with a diagonal of 15-inches. It was later joined by a more compact 13-inch model ZenBook Flip S.

Other manufacturers also did not standstill. Therefore, in 2020 on the shelves could be found with a dozen different models, but such laptops are still more of a wonder than a trending product.

Some manufacturers have even offered game OLED laptops, however, at the moment it is a dead-end: the frequency of image update at THE OLED display reaches only 90 Hz, while for gamers the standard frequency is from 144 Hz and above. Therefore, if you choose a laptop for gaming – to pay extra for OLED today makes no sense.

However, 2021 will be a big step forward, because a couple of years ago we just had no choice. After all, all the laptop screens were the only LCD. But now prudent and practical buyers definitely should pay attention to OLED. This is a very logical choice, especially if you are not used to changing your laptop every couple of years.

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