OLED Displays on Laptops – are they worth it?

7th August 2019
OLED in coloured pixels on black background

OLED Displays are appearing on more high-end laptops, but how are they different?

OLED displays are appearing more frequently now, in not only laptops but in TVs and mobile phones too. But what is OLED and what is it like in comparison to LCD?

What is an OLED Display?

We’re sure you’ve already heard of LED or Light Emitting Diodes, which are everywhere you look now, but OLED, or Organic Light Emitting Diode, is a technology which uses layers of organic material (hydrogen and carbon) which light up when put in between positive anode and negative cathode layers and charged with a current, and OLED displays are associated with brilliant colour, which is achieved by using layers of colour film. It’s obviously more complicated than that, so you can find more detail here.

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Dell XPS 15 7590

Unlike LCD displays, OLED doesn’t need a separate backlight which means that power consumption is lower, better colour and contrast, a thinner build, and there’s no backlight bleed around the edge of your display when the images are dark. For everyday use, the difference in an OLED display is noticeable straight away, with a brighter picture, better flexibility – as seen in the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Lenovo ThinkPad X1 foldable – and a fast refresh rate.

HP Spectre X360 Convertible 2in1 Front View
HP Spectre

Laptops currently featuring OLED displays are the HP Spectre, Lenovo X1 Extreme, and Dell XPS 15 7590, all of which are at the high-end of the laptop market. 240Hz has also appeared on Razer and MSI laptops, although principally aimed at Gaming. OLED can be paired with touch and pen functionality, it’s even possible to make it transparent, so it’s not surprising it’s being seen increasingly in laptops and phones, as well as TVs, VR headsets, and standard desktop PC monitors.

Apple and OLED Displays

Currently, Apple has OLED displays in their iPhone XS and XS Max, the Watch, and in the MacBook Pro Touch Bar (which still have 13″ or 15″ LCD displays). There is nothing confirmed from Apple about when it might start using OLED displays in its other devices – but we’ll let you know as soon as we get any confirmation!

Are OLED Displays Worth the Cost?

The differences between OLED and their LCD counterparts is, as mentioned above, noticeable, but it does come at the high-end of ranges with the accompanying price tag. You’ll pay more for OLED laptops, TVs, and desktop displays, and the choice to pay more will be down to whether you feel you can make the most of the fantastic colour, high contrast, fast refresh rate, and wide viewing angles. Perhaps making them most desirable for creative and design professionals, and gamers looking for the best gaming experience possible.

One way to negate the higher price tag of laptops with OLED displays, is to lease rather than buy outright. Leasing means you can get the latest high-end tech and replace it as it becomes out of date, keeping you on the cutting edge of tech devices all the time.

To find out more about the OLED display laptops we offer to lease, get in touch with our Sales Team on 020 7111 1643 or email sales@hardsoft.co.uk.