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Low Quality TN Displays

>Many of today's laptops use low quality TN displays. The quality of these is considerably lower than most TN desktop monitors or older TN 1080p laptops. It is recommended to watch out for this. Most of today's good laptop displays are either IPS or 120Hz TN.

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Higher-priced laptops with poor displays.

  • ASUS M580VD, FX502VM, K501UW, FX53VD, X550VX, FZ50VW, P2440UQ
  • Inspiron 5577 / 5567 non-touch / 5576
  • MSI GS63VR-001/252 (422 uncertain)
  • MSI GP62MVR, GL62M, CX62, PE60
  • Samsung w/ 920MX & 1366x768

Poor displays unless IPS upgrade chosen:

  • Dell Inspiron 7567 FHD
  • Sager NP5855 / Prostar N855HJ
  • Most Thinkpads & Latitudes
  • Alienware 13

False High-Res Displays

>Many laptops that list resolutions of 3840x2160, 3200x1800, and 2560x1440 in product specifications use RG/BW PenTile matrix, which makes you deal with the tradeoffs of a high resolution, without giving you the full sharpness in exchange. This is often regarded to be a deceptive marketing practice. It is recommended to research the specific laptops before buying, to determine whether or not this is the case.

Laptops with false high-resolution displays:

  • ASUS Vivobook Pro N580VD 4K
  • Clevo N130BU (Sager NP3130)
  • Old Dell Inspiron 7559 4K
  • MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro 4K
  • HP Pavilion 15, Envy 15 UHD
  • HP Omen 15 UHD (old 2-hinge model)
  • Old 2016 HP Spectre x360 15 4K
  • HP Envy 13 QHD+
  • ASUS Zenbook 13.3" QHD+
  • ASUS Zenbook (Pro) 15.6" 4K
  • ASUS Vivobook, ROG 15.6" 4K
  • Samsung QHD, QHD+, 4K
  • Clevo w/ Samsung 15.6" 4K (most)
  • Eluktronics+PCSpecialist Clevo 4K
  • Old Ideapads: Yoga QHD+, Y50 4K

Laptops with true high-resolution displays:

  • New Dell Inspiron 7567 4K
  • New 2017 HP Spectre x360 13/15 4K
  • Dell XPS 12, 13, 15
  • New Ideapads: Yoga 4K, Y700 4K
  • Lenovo Legion Y720 4K, Yoga 720 4K
  • HP Spectre x360 13 QHD
  • HP Pavilion, Omen 17 UHD
  • Clevo w/ Sharp 15.6" 4K (rare)
  • All Gigabyte/Aorus/Alienware/Razer
  • All business-class Lenovo, Dell, HP
  • All 12.5"/17.3" QHD & 4K UHD
  • All 13.3"/14" QHD except Samsung
  • All Microsoft SurfaceBook models
  • All Retina Macbooks

Undetermined:

  • ASUS Zenbook Pro UX550
  • Acer Nitro VN7-593G
  • HP Omen 15 UHD (new 1-hinge model)

Resolution terminology clarification:

  • UHD: 3840x2160
  • 4K: 3840x2160
  • 3K: 2880x1620 (3K is not 2560x1440)
  • 2K: 1920x1080 (2K is not 2560x1440)
  • FHD: 1920x1080
  • QHD: 2560x1440 (this is not 3K or 2K)
  • QHD+: 3200x1800

Confusing CPU branding

> U-series vs HQ-series means more than Core i5 vs Core i7. There is not much performance difference between an i5-7200U and an i7-7500U, but an i5-7300HQ is much faster than either. If your requirements call for CPU performance, it is likely that you need an HQ-series. If not, an i5-7200U or even i3-7100U will likely be sufficient. As always, more info is available here.

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