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Low Quality TN Displays

>Most of today's TN-type laptop displays are very poor quality. Usually they're only used in cheaper laptops but a handful of higher-priced ones use them too.

>This includes the ASUS FX502VM, Dell Inspiron 5577, and Amazon base-model Prostar N855HJ

Comparison pictures: 1, 2, 3

Higher-priced laptops with poor displays.

  • ASUS FX502VM
  • Dell Inspiron 5577, 5567 (non-touch), 5576
  • MSI GS63VR, 001/252 @BestBuy
  • ASUS K501UW, FX53VD, FX553VD, X550VX, FZ50VW
  • MSI GP62MVR, GL62M, CX62, PE60
  • Samsung w/ 920MX & 1366x768 Touch

Poor displays unless IPS upgrade chosen:

  • Dell Inspiron 7567 FHD
  • Sager NP5855 / Prostar N855HJ
  • Most Thinkpad T, X, E, L series

False High-Res Displays

>Many laptops that list resolutions of 3840x2160 (4K UHD), 3200x1800 (QHD+), and 2560x1440 (QHD) in product specifications use RG/BW PenTile matrix, which does not provide the full detail of the resolutions. They carry the same performance requirements, but the picture is less sharp. This is often considered 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:

  • Old Dell Inspiron 7559 4K
  • MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro 4K
  • HP Pavilion, Envy, Omen 15 UHD
  • 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
  • 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


  • Samsung Chromebook Plus
  • ASUS Zenbook Pro UX550
  • Acer Nitro VN7-593G
  • Gigabyte Sabre 15 UHD
  • Sager NP3130 / Clevo N130BU

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 there is a substantial difference between either and an i5-7300HQ. 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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