Title: “OLED Monitors Show Improved Burn-In Resistance but Long-Term Usage Data Still Limited, According to Recent Test”
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OLED monitors, while renowned for their stunning display quality, have long been susceptible to burn-in issues, especially with static content like icons and taskbars. However, recent advancements in OLED materials and various compensation algorithms have significantly improved their resistance to burn-in, offering reassurance to users.
In a bid to better understand the current burn-in scenario, renowned testing organization RTINGS conducted a longevity test on three OLED monitors, including ultrawide designs, aiming to simulate 10 years of use within just two years. The findings shed light on the extent of burn-in risk faced by users.
After subjecting two popular monitors, Alienware’s AW3423DWF and Samsung’s Odyssey G8, to a non-stop CNN feed in the 21:9 format for approximately 700 hours, a phenomenon known as “heavy differential wear” was observed. The center area of the display became noticeably brighter than the unused areas due to the presence of black bars on the sides of the screen.
It was acknowledged that higher brightness levels could accelerate the degradation of the OLED layer, leading to irreversible damage and visible burn-in. As a result, RTINGS adjusted their testing methodology to display the CNN feed in full-screen mode.
Despite the extreme testing scenarios, at the six-month mark, the OLED monitors showed only minimal degradation, suggesting relatively good durability. However, the findings also highlighted the impact of firmware updates, as the Samsung Odyssey G8 monitor exhibited changes in burn-in risks.
While these advancements in OLED technology have been promising, there is still a pressing need for further research to better understand burn-in risks, improve longevity, and address concerns regarding other aspects such as pricing and text clarity on OLED monitors. Additionally, the ongoing evolution of new technologies like QD-OLED adds another layer of complexity to the long-term usage data.
As OLED monitors continue to gain popularity, users are advised to carefully consider the potential burn-in effects, especially when viewing 16:9 content on ultrawide 21:9 monitors. Awareness of burn-in risks and the need for responsible usage will play a crucial role in maximizing the lifespan of these high-quality displays.