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27 Nov 2023

OLED Display Resilience: Burn-in Concerns Addressed

OLED Display Resilience: Burn-in Concerns Addressed
Screen burn-in is not a significant issue with OLED displays

A recent analysis by RTINGS has shed light on the enduring concern of screen burn-in and OLED display durability. Historically, burn-in — the phenomenon where persistent image elements cause permanent discoloration or ghosting on screens — has been a notable drawback for CRT and plasma displays. However, the narrative appears different for OLED displays.

RTINGS embarked on a rigorous evaluation involving three OLED gaming monitors subjected to a continuous 16:9 video feed from CNN at their highest brightness setting. This scenario was designed to mimic extreme conditions that could potentially exacerbate burn-in effects, during virtual events. After a prolonged period of 700 hours, only minimal wear was observed in the central region of the displays, a stark contrast to the untouched appearance of the surrounding black bars. This wear, though measurable, proved to be virtually undetectable during the consumption of regular content.

Further experiments revealed that employing the full-screen mode on these ultrawide monitors could mitigate some of the earlier observed effects, indicating that the wear was not irreversible.

The comprehensive report concludes that, while burn-in remains a potential issue, advancements in OLED technology have significantly reduced its impact. High-end OLED models, despite their susceptibility to brighter output and consequent strain on components, demonstrate a resilience that suggests screen burn-in should be a diminishing concern for the average user. With varied content, the likelihood of experiencing burn-in is notably low, marking a positive stride in OLED display innovation.

Source: Inavate