A Detailed Look at High-Performance Laptop Screens and LCD Panels

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A Detailed Look at High-Performance Laptop Screens and LCD Panels

The screen is one of the most important components of laptops because it is what pulls everything together into a visual display. No matter how high-end the computer is, it could be hard to enjoy the laptop experience without a decent display to see it on.

Laptop screens are classified by their size, resolution, the type of panel, how bright they are, and what their response time is. It is not necessary to know all of the technical specifications in order to go shopping for a high performance screen, but it is helpful to at least know the basics so that shoppers do not have to rely on salespeople alone, or call on the help of an expert. In order match up a screen with an existing laptop, shoppers only need to be able to identify the size, resolution, and backlight type. Those shopping for an entirely new laptop need to understand which types of screens they prefer as well as what resolution to look for.

Types of LCD Screens

When shopping for new laptops, selecting the type of screen to go with is probably the biggest decision, especially for those looking to get the best performance possible. It is important to note that a computer must be built to be compatible with one particular type of screen and that cannot be changed later.

Liquid crystal display, or LCD, screens are the only choice for laptops available today. However, there are several kinds to select from as well as different types of backlighting available.                    

TN LCD Screens

Twisted nematic (TN) screens are the most commonly used and are also more affordable than any other kinds of LCD. They also offer the best response time which makes them a solid choice for those looking for high performance screens for gaming purposes.

However, the screens are not perfect. The TN monitors only operate on a 6-bit panel which prevents them from displaying all of the 16.7 million colours in high quality. The screen's viewing angle, contrast, and colour production take a hit because of this. The technology does incorporate a method called "dithering" that is supposed to make up for the defects, but it is still not equal to the colour displays of other screens.

IPS LCD Screens                                                                   

In-plane switching (IPS) screens display have the best image quality with superb colour accuracy. They have a viewing angle of up to 179 degrees, making them visible from nearly any location. These may not have as fast a response time, but their quality visual performance makes them useful for those who enjoy graphic design, high-resolution pictures, and films.

Unfortunately, IPS screens are not very common and are also expensive. This makes them impractical unless they are specifically needed for their image quality.

MVA LCD Screens

Multidomain vertical display (MVA) displays are similar to the IPS screens in that they have a wide viewing angle and a higher quality colour representation than the TN ones. Like the IPS monitors, the MVA ones also have a slower response time than TN systems. However, MVA screens offer a better contrast between deep and light colours than both of the other screens.

They do however have issues with colour shifting. Because of that, the display can shift when viewed at an angle, though only slightly. These are priced more affordably than the IPS screens so they are a good choice for those who need quality imaging at a lower price.

Types of Laptop Backlighting

The backlighting is the illumination behind the LCD that makes everything visible. As with the types of LCD screens, the backlighting is not interchangeable between computers.

Laptop LED Backlighting

Light Emitting Diode (LED) lit screens have been around for a long time and most people are familiar with them. They have many advantages including that they use less power to run, therefore saving battery life. LED screens are also usually very thin, but more expensive to purchase.

Another benefit of using an LED screen is that it offers an optimum visual experience because provides uniform lighting. With this kind of lighting, the screen can be viewed from a wide range of angles. This means that people can move around and still see it well. This feature is something that comes in handy when several people are trying to watch videos together.

Laptop CCFL Backlighting

Cold cathode fluorescent lamp (CCFL) lighting is the most commonly used today because it is cost efficient. The lighting consists of fluorescent tubes behind the screen. This lighting sources is heavier and bigger, making the laptop cover thicker. CCFL screens also have a lower level of brightness than LEDs and they also have a shorter lifespan.

Screen Resolution

The images on the screen are made up of tiny coloured dots called pixels. The more pixels the screen uses, the higher quality the image is. The resolution is the measure of the number of pixels the laptop uses. Certain resolutions fall under classifications like high definition (HD) or full high definition (FHD). Another part of the classification is the screen's aspect ratio, which is the proportional relationship between its size and width. Below are the most commonly available resolutions and their names.

Name

Resolution

Aspect Ratio

HD

1366x768

16:9

HD+

1600x900

16:9

FHD

1920x1080

16:9

WUXGA

1920x1200

16:10

UXGA

1600x1200

4:3

WSXGA+

1680x1050

16:10

WXGA+

1440x900

16:10

WXGA

1280x800

16:10

SXGA+

1400x1050

4:3

SXGA

1280x1024

5:4

XGA

1024x768

4:3

When shopping for high resolution laptops, keep in mind that the screen size plays a factor in how the image quality will turn out. For example, a full HD screen on a laptop under 15 inches can produce such fine details that it is actually uncomfortable to look at, and a lower HD resolution on a small screen such as a netbook will still have a quality display.

Another thing to consider is that higher resolutions require more memory to run, and have slower frame refresh rates. This means that they are generally not the best choice for gamers.

Laptop Screen Sizes

Another big decision in selecting a laptop screen is its size. Laptops are measured from corner to opposite corner. So if a label says that the screen is 17 inches, that does not mean that it is 17 inches wide. As mentioned earlier, the screen size also plays a big part in how the resolution turns out. It is a good idea to stick with resolutions under 1400 for laptop screens that are under 15 inches.

A larger laptop screen also means that the keyboard is larger. The bigger keyboards are easier to type on and often include the number keypad on the right side. People who deal a lot with numbers and data entry often prefer the extra keypad.

Find High-Performance Laptop Screens and LCD Panels on eBay

Laptops can usually be found at electronic shops, but even the larger shops are still limited on how many computers they can have out on display. There a lot of computer brands and hundreds of models between them all. For this reason, it is easier and more convenient to shop for them online at websites like eBay where you can view all of the computers in one place. Then, once you have selected a make and model that you want, you can compare the different sellers on eBay to see who has it listed for the best price.

To begin shopping, type the product name, such as "LED laptop", into the eBay search bar and then click on the search button. There are thousands of products to look through, so it is a good idea to narrow them down by entering in your preferences. Select any brands you specifically are interested in, whether the item should be new or used, and then enter in your price range. Since laptops vary in price, selecting your budget saves a lot of time by cutting out the ones outside of your range.

Once you have found a laptop with the desired high-performance screen, it is a good idea to research the seller. Checking the seller's feedback and reading comments from previous buyers is a good way to determine the level of a seller's service.

Conclusion

Laptops are a part of most people's everyday lives. They are used for work, keeping in touch with friends, watching videos, storing valued pictures, and playing games. The average person spends a lot of time on their computer daily, so it is important that they purchase laptops that are capable of keeping up with their performance needs. Although most shops do not sell a variety of screen options, buyers can find the various kinds of laptop screens online. The prices for the more uncommon technology are most likely higher, but the investment is worth it in the end if it is important to users to have high-performance screens.

Small differences such as a faster refresh rate, angled viewing, and a quality image make a big difference in the laptop's display. Consider which features are most desired and do some research to find the best deals in order to bring the price down as much as possible.

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