Which Type of Laptop Screen is Right for You?

Unless you use your laptop for high-end tasks such as graphic design, video editing, or gaming, you may not realize the great variety of display screens that are currently available to consumers. Whether it’s resolution, brightness, color quality, or refresh rate, there are many factors that go into producing a vibrant, high-quality display screen, and even an undiscerning eye can tell the difference between a great display and a poor one. So which laptop screen is the right choice for you and your needs? Laptop Magazine has a few recommendations.

The resolution of a laptop display is dependent upon how many pixels the screen has. Most laptops come with low-resolution screens made up of 1366 x 768 pixels, but there are laptops with high-resolution 1920 x 1080 screens available for as little as $349. Unless you’re only interested in buying a particularly cheap laptop, there’s no reason for your display to have a resolution of any less than 1920 x 1080. But be warned – the higher the resolution, the shorter the battery life.

Another option to weigh is brightness and color quality. Brightness is measured in cd/m2, and Laptop recommends 250 cd/m2 as the ideal amount – it’s bright enough to make colors pop, but an overly luminous screen can lead to a washed-out display. Color quality can be determined by the sRGB gamut, with the best laptops capable of reproducing over 95 percent of colors represented in the gamut and many actually exceeding 100 percent. If color quality is extremely important to you, be on the lookout for OLED (organic light-emitting diode) screens, which offer the most colorful displays.

To maintain a consistency of quality through every display screen they produce, laptop manufacturers often apply the innovative display measurement technology from Konica Minolta Sensing. Industry-leading instruments such as the CA-410 Display Color Analyzer, CA-2500 2D Color Analyzer, and DTS 140D Display Test System offer highly precise measurements of the color and light qualities of display screens, and assist manufacturers in creating a more visually satisfying product. Discover the difference that the display measurement technology from Konica Minolta Sensing can make today!

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