Un-Scientific Comparison of x200 LCD Upgrade Options - 110 vs 120 vs stock

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  1. shu90

    shu90 Newbie

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    Hey guys,

    Background
    The Thinkpad x200 is compatible with two versions of the BOE Hydis HV121WX4 LCD panel (the HV121WX4-110 which is glossy and the HV121WX4-120 which is matte). Both panels are a significant upgrade over the stock panel in brightness, viewing angles, saturation and overall clarity. Check this thread for instructions on how to complete the upgrade.

    Big thanks to zephir, ZaZ, erik and everyone else for the epic information on this very worthwhile upgrade.

    The experiment
    I'm a little obsessive when it comes to displays, and since I have access to both variations of the the HV121WX4, I wanted to do a side-by-side comparison to show the differences between the three panels for anyone still thinking of performing this upgrade and breathing new life into a great machine.

    HV121WX4-110
    A glossy beast

    This panel is beautiful. The colors are very highly saturated and the overall sharpness of this panel has a tiny edge over the matte version (and a huge leap over the stock). To my eyes, the screen looks incredibly familiar to a Macbook Pro glossy screen (for better or for worse).

    The only issue with this screen, as with all glossy screens, is that in certain outdoor/indoor situations where there is moderately bright light you can see reflections and fingerprints on the panel (see photo with flash below). This will be a deal-breaker for some folks and others won't even notice. It's a personal choice.

    HV121WX4-120
    A professional display

    This display is also gorgeous. There are no reflections whatsoever and colors seem a little more neutral (and some would say, "natural") than the 110. Most importantly, working outdoors doesn't turn the machine into a mirror. However, there is a hint less sharpness and saturation than with the glossy panel (which some people appreciate). Others will lean towards this display, if only because they find themselves outside a lot. This version is more difficult to find than the glossy, and really is something special. The viewing angles seemed to be the best of the three (see sample below).

    Without further ado, here are some comparison photos of the panels.

    1. Dark room, maximum brightness, viewing from an angle:

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    2. Outdoors, maximum brightness, steep lid angle:

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    3. Glossy Panel (110) - Example of fingerprints/flash reflection:

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    4. Matte Panel (120) - Example of impressive viewing angles:

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    Summary / Lessons Learned
    It would have been a lot easier to have two x200's side by side with the 110/120 to make some better comparison shots. Trying to duplicate angles/lighting/etc. made it hard to do a good comparison. Slight variations in cloud/sun for the outdoor shots came across as huge differences in the photos and hence made them useless. Out of hundred shots, in my opinion, only a handful were worthwhile in providing a basis for sound judgment.

    Hope you enjoyed the thread and decide to make the leap - regardless of the panel you choose, the upgrade is well worth it.

    Thanks again to everyone who has contributed information on this topic over the past year or so.

    shu
     
  2. ZaZ

    ZaZ Super Model Super Moderator

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    Both are excellent excellent screens. I have the X200 with the 110. It's an excellent screen. I would say at full brightness it looks slightly better than the AFFS LED in my X200t while the LED looks better at medium brightness. Some of this may be because the tablet has a bit of grain to it due to the touch surface, which is more visible at higher brightness levels.
     
  3. fem

    fem Notebook Consultant

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    vimvq1987 Notebook Consultant

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    just to confirm: does this work on X201? And when I do this, I lose all warranty from Lenovo, right?
     
  5. warakawa

    warakawa Notebook Evangelist

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    how does the upgrade compare to x200t screen panel?
     
  6. erik

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    yes and yes.   while the service department MIGHT repair the lower half, they would have the option of refusing service because of the modification.   something like that is handled on a case-by-case basis.

    this IS an X200T display.   comparing them would be no different than comparing the various flavors of X200T panels... CCFL AFFS+, CCFL S-PVA, LED AFFS+, LED S-PVA, LED IPS, etc.   the X200 mod shown above uses the CCFL AFFS+ display in particular but also works with the CCFL S-PVA panel.
     
  7. fem

    fem Notebook Consultant

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    Yes, it does work on the X201 but you need to replace more parts, and yes, you lose warranty (for the display-related stuff only, I guess, right?) - Check the link in my post above.
     
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    vimvq1987 Notebook Consultant

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    Really doubt that why Lenovo does not provide this as an option for their X200/X201. The screen is definitely beautiful, but in my case, it's not worthy to take that risk :(
     
  9. novi84

    novi84 Notebook Geek

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    And where can these screens be purchased, and for what price? I'm never really been unsatisfied with the stock panel, and mainly use it with a larger monitor anyways. But would be an interesting project to take on, for the right price!
     
  10. shu90

    shu90 Newbie

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    I don't know why this is not a factory option. I think the screens are beautiful and would be game-changers for some people making a laptop decision. It must have something to do with the cost.

    shu
     
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