It’s hard to beat an OLED panel when it comes to color reproduction and quality, giving you some really stunning and vibrant images. While most people tend to associate OLED with TVs, laptops have some pretty great OLED panels, too, even at lower resolutions and price ranges. Luckily, there are some great deals you can take advantage of, and we’ve collected our favorites below.
How does an OLED panel achieve this goodness? A quick primer: The pixels in an OLED display can be completely turned off, which means the panel can produce absolute blacks and contrast ratios superior to an LCD screen (where the liquid crystal can only block some of the light). Even an LCD with local dimming can’t match an OLED’s ability to turn individual pixels on and off. OLED displays also offer a wide color range because primary colors can hit higher saturations that let the display produce more colors. Higher saturation levels lead to more vibrant colors, and with more colors on its palette, an OLED panel can create colors that are more accurate.
Another advantage? OLED displays feature thinner layers than LCD displays and don’t require a backlight, which allows for thinner and lighter laptop designs.
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You might reasonably think that an OLED is more energy-efficient than an LCD because it doesn’t need to power a backlight and can turn individual pixels completely off. We have found, however, that OLED displays tend to have a negative impact on battery life. They do offer decent battery life; you just can’t expect to get a longer runtime from an OLED laptop in addition to the higher image quality.
With a basic understanding of the advantages of an OLED laptop, let’s take a look at the best deals right now. I’ve included mainstream laptops that have approachable prices, along with high-powered laptops that are currently selling at a discount — and a Chromebook. Yes, you can get an inexpensive Chromebook with an OLED display. The prices and discounts are valid at the time of this writing, and I’ll update this story as sales expire and new deals emerge.
Did you know you could have an OLED display on a Chromebook? Lenovo’s two-in-one Chromebook Duet 5 is proof that such a thing is possible. It features a detachable, 13.5-inch OLED display with a full-HD resolution powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, and boasts 8 GB of RAM and 128GB of built-in storage, both of which are great for this price range on a Chromebook.
This Asus VivoBook is sleek, compact and comes equipped with a stunning display and a powerful processor. The 15.6-inch OLED screen has full HD 1,920×1,080-pixel resolution. The laptop is powered by an AMD Ryzen 7 5800H CPU, 16GB of RAM and a 512GB solid-state drive. This is one of the lowest-cost OLED laptops you’ll encounter and provides sufficient RAM and storage space while also featuring a powerful Ryzen 7 CPU.
If you’d like to do some gaming on an OLED laptop, then this configuration from Asus nets you an RTX 3050, which will work well with the 15.6-inch FHD monitor. You also get 16GB of DDR5 RAM, which is always a great amount to have, and the 512GB of storage isn’t too bad either.
At $300 off the usual price, this loaded 15-inch Asus ZenBook is a pretty solid value. It’s equipped with a 15.6-inch full HD OLED touchscreen that’s powered by a powerful AMD-Nvidia combo — an AMD Ryzen 9 5900HX CPU and Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU. This configuration boasts 16GB of RAM and a substantial 1TB of storage. The CPU may be two generations behind AMD’s current crop of chips, but it should still be plenty powerful for content creators and some casual gaming alongside the RTX 3050 Ti graphics.
We named the 16-inch Spectre x36 the best two-in-one laptop for creatives in 2023. The updated 2023 model features a 13th-gen Intel Core i7 Evo processor, along with 16GB of RAM and a 1TB SSD for serious storage. It has a 13.5-inch 3K2K OLED touchscreen display, and it folds completely flat, so it doubles as a tablet as well. It even comes with Intel’s entry-level GPU, the Arc A370. It’s a great deal with its $400 discount right now at Best Buy.
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This configuration of the XPS 15 is a serious contender to your average MacBook. It comes with a very powerful 13th Gen Intel Evo i9 processor, one of the best on the market, as well as an RTX 4060, which is a mid-range GPU. If that wasn’t enough, the 15.6-inch screen runs at a 3,456×2,160 resolution, and Dell even throws in 32GB of DDR5 RAM and 1TB of storage. Overall, this is probably one of the most versatile laptops out there with an OLED panel.