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<>*HP Infinity screen comparison*<>

Discussion in 'HP & Compaq' started by Infamous22, Aug 29, 2008.

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  1. Infamous22

    Infamous22 Notebook Deity

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    Hey everyone!

    As I previously promised I am posting the comparison pictures for the Infinity display. Included in this post will be photos that I took with two DV7's side-by-side, one with Infinity and the other not. Both feature the same 1680 by 1050 resolution. ENJOY!

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    Conclusion

    Both screens have their ups and downs. You'll have to decide which suits you.

    Here are some Pros/Cons for the Infinity:

    Pros - Serves as a protective barrier for the screen, looks great in normal lighting,

    Cons - has a great deal of glare when shined directly with light, distorts the image clarity a tiny bit

    However, after using both screens side-by-side for a fairly decent duration I would honestly choose the Infinity Display. I get aggravated when dust gets caught between the LCD bezel and the LCD panel itself. With the Infinity Display you won't have to worry about dust or any buildups. You can easily clean it without "potentially" damaging the screen. The glare isn't all that bad, how likely are you to shine a light directly into your monitor? The distortion is barely noticeable (camera provokes the distortion).

    Sorry for typing horribly. It's really late here. Feel free to ask questions about each screen.

    I hope you all love my "signature" red blanket.
     
  2. wifi1

    wifi1 Notebook Geek

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    Thanks so much for the screen comparisons. After looking at those pictures and working on my dv5t as well, I would also agree that I'd go with the Infinity screen for similar reasons as well. $50 is a little steep of a premium but for me, I had to do something to get to $1299 for the $400 off coupon. Had I not need to, I'd probably still go with the Infinity.
     
  3. Infamous22

    Infamous22 Notebook Deity

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    not a problem whatsoever.
     
  4. JiTooFlyNyC

    JiTooFlyNyC Notebook Geek

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    nice pics when i get mine (very soon) I think ill opt for the INFINITY
     
  5. tlmama

    tlmama Notebook Geek

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    Thanks for the pictures. My first thought was "wow, it's really reflective. The florescent lights are the first things that catch my attention." But, then I realized I can also see them quite clearly in the non-infinity screen.

    I was all set on *not* getting the Infinity screen because I really don't like the super glossy look on the new notebooks, but I'm resigned to the fact that I have to get used to it unless I want a Lenovo. (which I don't)

    Now I'll be rethinking the Infinity display. Thanks, again, for taking the time to shoot/post the pics.
     
  6. homiss

    homiss Notebook Geek

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    a picture may be worth a thousand words, but seeing it in person trumps any picture. i checked it out in a j&r store yesterday, and as a dv6000 owner already familiar with the glossiness of a standard hp screen, the infinity was not noticably more reflective for normal use (but then again i couldn't change the lighting of the store). my current screen is slightly liquid damaged due to me trying to get the dust out of the crevice between the lcd and the frame, so i will most likely get the infinity option if/when i ever buy a dv5. i agree that the $50 is slightly high of a premium to pay, but with all these coupons floating around i actually find it difficult to reach the price thresholds sometimes, so this is a worthwhile upgrade.
     
  7. timesquaredesi

    timesquaredesi MagicPeople VooDooPeople

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    yes! the red blanky is back!

    jk - nice comparison. the 1st pic really captures how the infinity screen looks in natural lighting.

    your pictures also backup what one of the magazines said about the infinity screen - the fact that it grays the screen/desktop/image a bit. you can see that in nearly every picture that the colors are sort of faded as compared to the non-infinity screen.

    but definitely note the huge difference - in the 1st pic, you can see the reflection of your wall on the infinity screen but on the non infinity, there is absolutely no reflection.
     
  8. HI DesertNM

    HI DesertNM Notebook Deity

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    If these pictures say anything it's stay clear from the infinity. Looks like crap from these examples. Laptops have enough problems these days with reflections. Pay more for an infinity and get even more reflections. What was HP thinking?

    As for cleaning screens, I just buy a bunch of Zeiss lens cloths from Sam's club in bulk and they clean my dv6500t screen perfectly. The display looks perfect after over one year of use. Forget the infinity just use the right cloths to clean the screen.
     
  9. Teko03

    Teko03 Notebook Enthusiast

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    From the pics it looks like the infinity screen makes the screen color dull & adds glares....but you do make a good point about cleaning....glad to opted for the regular screen
     
  10. Cable.tac

    Cable.tac Notebook Consultant

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    ^ Me too. I'm happy with my regular screen too. Thanks for the thread and the comparison.
     
  11. stewie

    stewie What the deuce?

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    Great unbiased review, thanks! :)
     
  12. joshthor

    joshthor 100% Crazy Sauce

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    thank you for this. im going with the normal screen now. (though i was already planning on it) i wish it looked the same frame wise as the infinity, but i want less reflections.
     
  13. pdx-alpha

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    Great comparison, thanks! I'm glad I decided to exchange for the regular screen (on its way).

    On the normal screen, do you see any "bumpiness" when you look at reflections at an angle? My dv8000t looks like this if you look at the reflections very closely from an angle, and you might think it's a bad thing but it does a great job at mitigating reflections and looks completely smooth from any normal viewing angle. I've got some comparison shots on my camera at home, I will try to post them tonight.

    The first thing I noticed is that my Ultra BrightView screen is much more crisp and the colors are warmer- the dv7t, (huge) brightness difference aside, provides a much lower color temperature (more bluish whites) and the included Nvidia control panel does not allow for color balance adjustments. This is bad as I am an avid photographer and strive for proper color balance; however, I will probably invest in a screen calibration kit anyway.
     
  14. Infamous22

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    No problem... Let me know if I can help anymore...
     
  15. mikhail_scosyrev

    mikhail_scosyrev Notebook Consultant

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    Yeah, I got the infinity, but not by choice. Got a great deal on my system while it was on sale at OD for $979.

    When I first saw it on the shelves, I thought there was something wrong. It looked grey like an old lcd screen on old digital watches and calculators.

    I dont think i see any issues with it once it's powered up in the room though, neither do i have any reflections while indoors.

    But in either, I use my external 22 inch lcd with which im very happy so far.
     
  16. ProfessorShred

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    Rest assured regardless of which screen type you select,you will be getting one of the nicest overall designs available from any company,I love this HP:D
     
  17. dtmoody

    dtmoody Notebook Enthusiast

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    I was planning on buying two dv5's off of the HP site. One for myself and college, and one for my wife.
    I wanted to see them in person tho before I made the purchase so I drove down the the local Best Buy. They had two or three dv5's out with different configs, and one dv7. Each one of the **** things had the infinity screen. The very first thing I noticed was that they ALL had this cloudy look to them. I tried looking at it from different angles, tried the brightness, nada...
    nothing helped. I then walked around and looked at the other brands. None of them had the cloudiness like the HP's. The best looking screen's in my opinion were on the Dell Inspirons they had. Which I do not want a Dell.
    However, for my wife the new little 13inch Inspiron was quite nice, and the screen was vibrant and the text was crisp and clear.

    Even the Best Buy help didn't offer any information...

    I left upset, because I really had my heart set on a HP dv5, but now I am thinking of going with DELL because those HP screens really suck.

    Now I went home, and got online with HP tech support chat.
    In a nutshell, I was told the infinity screen was to make the colors much more deeper. I asked three times if the cloudiness / dullness could have been from the infinity screen, they would not give me an answer, so I said goodbye. This pis*ed me off even more. Now i'm just at a stand still.

    Does anyone else see what I see in the HP screens?
     
  18. free hurricane

    free hurricane Notebook Enthusiast

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    Think of it like this. Would you rather spend $50 on a shiny nice looking screen, or a faster processor, more ram, bigger hd, etc. Its great to have, but I wanted to spend as little as possible, so I did not get it on my laptop, and I think that everyone should address the power before the screen. I am not talking about the screen res, though. I did get the 1680x1050, it is SWEET. I can't imagine 1920x1200 on a 15.4, which exists. The taskbar must be tiny...
     
  19. dtmoody

    dtmoody Notebook Enthusiast

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    I would like to see a dv5 without the infinity screen option. They just did not have any the Best Buy to look at. Any idea's of where I could go and look locally?
     
  20. pdx-alpha

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    It seemed small to me after going to 1680x1050 from 1440x900, but then I increased the font DPI (rich click on desktop, select Personalize, then Adjust Font Size from the task pane) to 110% and it looks perfect now. I don't use ClearType font smoothing, so the text isn't bold and fuzzy which can be tough to read when it's small. I prefer the more crisp standard font smoothing.
     
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