Spectre X360 13.3" Ice Lake OLED In Stock

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  1. Atma

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    There is one in stock at my local Best Buy or have it shipped by Oct. 29. The few reviews I have seen have said they love it.
     
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    I'm keen to find out what the real world battery life is like on the OLED 4K vs the LCD 1080p. I stumped for the 4K (not OLED) on my last Spectre X360 13 which I bought 2 years ago and the hit on battery life has been frustrating - you can practically see the battery meter draining as you use it. My first X360 had a 1080p screen and superb battery life and would comfortably get through a full day of work - the 4K version probably wouldn't make it to lunch.

    So now I've got to decide whether I want to stay on 4K (and upgrade to OLED) but continue to be stuck with much shorter battery life or go back to 1080p and all-day battery. Would be great to have both...
     
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    I've read that OLED can give better battery life because for black it turns off pixels.
     
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    Did some reading and it depends heavily on what you are doing. One commenter suggested that its better during video playback and gaming, while being worse with web browsing. Likely its because scenes are usually darker with videos and games and web browsing has lots of white textures.

    Yes we've read for years the OLED will save power because of the ability to turn off pixels when its black. But in reality LCDs have much more work put into them and in a lot of cases are more efficient. But it varies a lot. Dark = low power, White = high power. And oftentimes the pictures shown are between the two extremes by varying amounts.

    You go OLED not for its power saving but high contrast and vibrant colors. High contrast is related to being able to turn off when the displayed pixel is black. As such like most things in life, its a compromise and you aren't getting anything for free.

    In the virtual reality headset world, it shows the difference between the two technologies once again. OLED(or its widely used implementation the AMOLED) has an arrangement where if you look closely(using a good magnifying glass or even a microscope) it needs more pixel for a certain color than others, effectively reducing the resolution. LCDs on the other case, the size of the colors are all same. So people report the OLED headsets are more vibrant, while LCDs are less pixellated.

    Of course the quality of manufacturing is almost as important as the technology itself. A very good quality LCD can have comparable contrast to an average quality OLED.
     
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