ThinkPad line display brightness - bordering on unacceptable

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  1. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    Looking at the display brightness on the latest ThinkPad models, Lenovo consistently uses displays that are weaker than those of the competition. This makes it difficult to work in bright settings, for example outdoors.

    Some recent models and their rated max brightness:

    X240: 300 nits
    X250: 360 nits
    X260: 300 nits
    Yoga 12: 400 nits
    Yoga 14: 300 nits
    Yoga 15: 300 nits
    X1 Yoga: 300 nits
    Yoga 370: 300 nits
    Yoga 380: 300 nits
    X1 Yoga 2018: 270 nits,
    optional 500 nits HDR screen

    Meanwhile in Microsoft world:

    Surface Pro 2: 400 nits
    Surface Pro 3: 360 nits
    Surface Pro 4: 430 nits
    Surface Book: 400 nits
    Surface Laptop: 360 nits

    What's going on? Is this just penny pinching on Lenovo's part, assuming that most of their buyers keep the system in dark conference rooms?!
     
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  2. ibmthink

    ibmthink Scribbler - Standard Member

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    The main buyers group for ThinkPads (Businesses) doesn´t care too much for good screens, sadly.
     
  3. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    And apparently it's worth it to Lenovo to save a couple of bucks on the display panel. I wonder how much difference it makes in the BOM. I guess I should be thankful, they always make at least one decision that makes me hold on to my old tech a little longer! :D
     
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    ships10 Scribbler - Standard Member Senior Member

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    I have to agree Lenovo is penny pinching.
    I'm not too pleased with display brightness or the color gamuts.
    One reason I may not buy Lenovo again.
    Even S3 has better brightness.
    I wish other manufacturers would make LTE standard...then I can buy their tablets.
    Thinkpad yoga 12 is not too bad but it does hurt battery life with increased brightness.
     
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  5. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    On a positive note, the X1 Yoga is supposed to have a display option with max 500 nits, so things finally seem to be looking up!
     
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    My P51 screen is the worst laptop screen re: brightness that I've had dating back to 1999.
     
  7. JoeS

    JoeS I'm all ears Senior Member

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    So a true classic! :D
     
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    hahahahahahaaa! Yeah.
     
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    It required some fancy new thing that can be used for marketing: HDR!

    But I think this generally can help to raise the quality of notebook and computer screens :)
     
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