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IPS Eye strain on X230 .... other options ?

Discussion in 'Lenovo' started by perfectionseeker, Feb 12, 2013.

  1. perfectionseeker

    perfectionseeker Notebook Evangelist

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    I bought a brand new X230 about 1 month ago ... unfortunately I cannot look at the IPS screen ... within minutes I get eye strain, although from what I read it should in fact be better than the traditional panels. In fact when I close windows I see it close the window, as in my eyes pick it up .. how it closes in bits. Also when looking at some even colours like a grey I see striations in it. Apart from the eye strain it is a beautiful machine... I guess there is IPS and then there is IPS, and Lenovo does not have prime quality ? One of the worst ones to look at till now ...

    So I may have to give this machine to someone, and be back in market for a new one. To be on safe side I may just get a T430, also to safe a bit of money. Now I am not very tech-minded: my Samsung N150 netbook has the perfect letter size for me on the 1024 x 600 or whatever the screen is (10.1 inches). Now on the T430 I guess the 1366 x 768 on a 14 inch screen would make letters bigger than the ones on my netbook ? So then I would be looking at 1440 x 900 ? Or would that be small again.

    Ok from the list below which one has the best (high nits) TN panel? Also I need a QUIET machine.

    T430 (1366 x 768)
    T430 (1440 x 900)
    T430u (1366 x 768)

    I will probably also get the Thinkpad Tablet 2 ... I am guessing the IPS is better than the one on X230 ?

    Thanks
     
  2. pepper_john

    pepper_john Notebook Deity

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    try to reduce the contrast/brightness. Search for "color calibration" in the search menu,
     
  3. Kaso

    Kaso Notebook Virtuoso

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    You'll face a different kind of bad screen when using a T430 with 1366x768. And a T430 is possibly noisy.

    Expand your search beyond ThinkPads. Get a broader base of suggestions by posting your needs/preferences/budget at the "What Notebook Should I Buy?" forum.
     
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    noxxle99 Notebook Deity

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    Is your screen refresh set to 50 or 60 hz? Changing that setting might help.
     
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    MidnightSun Emodicon Super Moderator

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    You'll be hard-pressed to find a Thinkpad that will give you less eye strain if brightness, display quality, and text size are issues with the X230. The T-series have middling TN displays across the board other than the T530's FHD panel, but that option will come with small text unless you use a high DPI setting.

    There hasn't been many reviews of the Thinkpad Tablet 2, but I wouldn't expect its display to be leaps and bounds over the X230's.

    What displays have you used that give you no eye strain? If you're able to name some, perhaps others can recommend you some qualitatively-similar displays.
     
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    I have to say, having recently picked up an X230 w/IPS...I do believe my eyes get tired faster with it vs. my T520. I do have the FHD screen in my T520, but damn if my eyes don't seem to get as fatigued with it vs. the X230.

    Could it be the lower resolution at play? Lower pixel density? It's strange, but not a deal-breaker at all. The IPS screen is beautiful, but the FHD screen is still better, IMO.
     
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    I find the X301 screen allot more pleasant to look at, however only if it has been calibrated. The texture of the screen is too matte, hence making it very eye friendly.

    The X220's slightly glossier screen is better for colors though.
     
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    Your problem it's called PWM, to reduce part of this effect, try set brightness to max. It's not a solution as the panel will still have PWM, but at least the effect will be reduced.

    I really hope some1 with a little brain introduce quallity panels on next laptop gen, this is madness, I've lost eye precission because of this .
     
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    ajkula66 Retired FlexView Farmer

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    There is no T430 with a 1440x900 LCD. The correct resolution would be 1600x900.
     
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    Did the calibrating stuff but no help ... yes it seems more when not on full brightness ... So maybe that effect, it seems my eyes pick up what I would define as a flicker ? But thought that IPS did not have that. The best screen ever used is a small 10.1 inch on a Samsung netbook N150. No clue how Samsung got this so nice ... and my eyes love it, but too small a screen & need far more power. I have noticed that the Samsung TN panels seem to be brighter and colour OK. Tried the IPS again on the X230, can't look at it for long .. instant eye soreness
     
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