OLED displays have so far been the domain of the most expensive devices, ranging from smartphones, to TVs, and ending with notebooks. Fortunately, a lot has changed in recent years, also in terms of the durability of such screens.
That is why they can be found more and more often in our homes, and someone who starts using OLED once will always appreciate its advantages.
Now you can have an OLED screen even in a notebook and you do not have to spend a five-digit amount on it.
Even less than half of this value is enough because ASUS Vivobook 15 OLED costs less than USD 950 in the basic configuration. And it still offers the best in terms of image quality.
Watching movies and series
OLED has many advantages, and the most conspicuous one is the perfect contrast. Each pixel in such a screen can be managed independently, and what’s more, it can be completely extinguished, thus achieving perfect blackness.
Sometimes people try to depreciate this fact, saying that it is only contrast, but the difference is visible at first glance. Probably the photo below will not reflect it, especially if you are viewing it on an IPS screen, but by placing an OLED display next to an IPS monitor, the difference can be seen at first glance.
It’s not even about perfect black, but above all about more details and tonal range. The image while watching movies or series is more plastic, pleasing to the eye, and simply natural.
And it is not only manifested in night scenes, it is also in the brighter ones, and also those where we have a lot of colors.
Therefore, watching movies on the Vivobook 15 OLED laptop, even if it is only 15.6 inches, is pure pleasure.
As a user of an OLED screen TV, I am convinced that if you intend to use the increasingly popular VOD services on your device, this model should be on your list. You will appreciate it every time you reach for any video.
Vivobook 15 OLED may not be the first choice for photo professionals, but it is certainly an ideal proposition for those who plan to become such professionals, or who simply like to take photos and then process them in programs such as Lightroom or Photoshop.
The OLED matrix with a wide gamut, i.e. capable of displaying the entire color palette, is undoubtedly a big advantage.
A typical laptop IPS screen rarely covers 100% sRGB and only 60-70% Adobe RGB. In the case of Vivobook 15 OLED, we have 97% Adobe RGB coverage and 99.5% DCI P3, values practically unheard of, especially in hardware for USD 950. By adding small deviations from the norm after calibration, we get a great solution not only for novice photographers.
The more that this is not the only advantage of this screen.
The design of the OLED display makes it retain its properties even if we reduce the brightness.
White is still white, not gray as is sometimes the case with LCD screens.
This is perfectly illustrated by the chart below.
So if you don’t like it when 300 or 400 nits shine in your face all day, OLED seems to be the best choice again.
Less eye strain
And since I mentioned this fatigue. It has been proven by research that blue light of a certain wavelength often found in LCD screens is harmful to eyesight. In fact, not only for our eyesight but also for our well-being.
More blue light emissions are responsible for sleep problems among other things, and I bet most of you use your computer before you go to bed.
The OLED matrix used in the Vivobook 15 OLED has reduced the harmful blue light emission by 70%, compared to a typical LCD display.
This means that using it is healthier for our eyes and less tiring.
This has been confirmed by the relevant certificates of TUV Rheinland and SGS, as well as reduced flicker. All this means that even after several hours of session with the computer.
Perfect colors from every angle
Viewing angles in a laptop may not be as important as in TV sets, but if you remember the old TN matrices, you know well how they made it difficult, for example, to view photos or movies in more than one person.
If you did not look directly at the notebook screen, the colors were either washed out or we even saw a negative.
In the case of the OLED matrix, this problem does not occur, the colors and the image are the same regardless of the angle at which the display is viewed.
This will probably be appreciated by people working or using the notebook in various strange positions.
A low table by the couch? No problem. Laptop on your chest while you lie on your back? The picture will be perfect.
And they may not be very “healthy” examples, but let’s face it, no one ever does.
By the way, it is also worth mentioning the response time of the matrix, which in the case of the screen used in the ASUS Vivobook 15 OLED is only 0.2 ms.
This means no smudging and a smooth image in all conditions. Thus, materials recorded in 60 fps or games bring even more pleasure.
Less energy consumption – longer battery life
Finally, the last aspect that may be relevant to many users is energy consumption.
The principle of operation of OLED matrices means that the darker the color is displayed, the less energy the screen uses.
All thanks to the organic LEDs, the intensity of which depends on the voltage applied to them.
In times when the so-called “Dark mode” is becoming more and more popular, it has a lot of meaning.
More and more applications and websites allow you to choose your “dark” version and this can affect energy consumption, and thus the battery-powered notebook operation time.
In the case of Vivobook 15 OLED, the differences can be quite big. Displaying a completely black desktop, the power consumption is only 4W for the entire computer.
If we replace black with white, this value grows to 11 W. That’s over 150% more.
It is also easy to convert it into a specific computer work time and it is worth taking into account when setting colors in various applications or websites.
To sum up, ASUS made a great move by installing an OLED matrix in a budget notebook, however, and it will certainly interest a wide audience with this model.
And I will not be surprised at all, because this type of screen has a number of advantages and offers a premium product at a better than acceptable price.
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