The quality of the display on a smartphone, tablet or laptop is one of the most important purchase considerations. (After all, you’re going to be staring at the screen for hours.) Laptop Magazine highlights six signs that a screen isn’t up to par.
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Among the list are basics like screen resolution (the higher the better, so you can see more information without scrolling) and whether the device can be seen in the sun. Two of the most useful tips for evaluating a screen in person at the store include checking the viewing angles on smaller laptops and comparing devices for true whites:
If you have to push back a laptop’s screen 30 degrees to make out the image, don’t buy it. What happens when you get on the plane and the person in front of you jams his seat all the way back? We’re forgiving of narrow viewing angles on 15-inch budget laptops that likely won’t leave the living room, but not on notebooks that are designed to be used in tight quarters.
I don’t mean to keep picking on AMOLED screens (sorry, Galaxy S III) but I’ve noticed that many of them tend to have a blue cast when displaying a white background. Not having a white that’s really white doesn’t necessarily ruin the user experience, but it’s just annoying. A good way to test this out is to open the browser and enter “about:blank” and compare devices side by side.
Check out the full article for more signs to watch out for.
6 Signs Your Gadget’s Screen Sucks [Laptop]