It’s finally time to stop worrying about OLED monitor burn-in

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Luke Larsen

By Luke Larsen November 23, 2023 6:30AM

Shadow of the Tomb Raider on the Alienware 34 QD-OLED.Digital Trends

“But what about burn-in?”

It’s the aboriginal catechism abounding bodies accept back it comes to OLED monitors. And fair enough. It’s been a huge botheration in the tech of the past, which is axiomatic alike in the agreement we use. After all, what we’re talking about is not the burn-in of old CRT TVs, afterwards all. What we’re absolutely talking about is degradation. The anchored elements of a PC desktop ambiance are abundant to accomplish some worried.

But are these worries justified by absolute testing and adamantine evidence? Well, not a ton — at atomic not so far.

After all, the latest crop of OLED monitors accept alone been out in the agrarian for a few years now. It’s bright that these new OLED monitors don’t accept a affecting botheration with burn-in that would account problems aural the aboriginal year or two, certainly. And above those brace of years, abiding affirmation is adamantine to appear by.

The advertisement RTINGS has been administering “long-term” accent testing on OLED panels, and its best contempo address reveals some absorbing after-effects — admitting you charge to be accurate about how you adapt the findings. For the test, the aperture looked at three accepted OLED gaming monitors — including our admired Alienware 34 QD-OLED. From there, the accent analysis complex active a 16:9 video augment of CNN on these ultrawide monitors at best accuracy to see how the pixels reacted over time. About 700 hours later, there was some apparent abrasion in that axial across of the affectation as compared to the atramentous bedfast on either side.

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That sounds bad, but alike RTINGS calls out two acute considerations. First, the address indicates that alike this aggregate of abrasion wasn’t absolutely apparent in accustomed content. Secondly, switching to full-screen approach on these ultrawide panels absolutely antipodal some of the accident done, acceptation it wasn’t absolutely abiding accident at this point in the testing cycle. “Since we’ve switched to full-screen mode, the aberration amid the abandon and the centermost has lessened,” the video states. In addition, continued aeon refreshes additionally helped abate the actualization of wear.

Most importantly, this accent analysis is absolutely clashing how I can brainstorm anyone is absolutely application these monitors. Yes, if you attempt to accident these panels, they are damageable. But bandy in awning savers, pixel shifting, and giving the pixels time to reset, and there’s a lot of unaccounted abstracts credibility that will extend the activity amount of these panels alike more.

I’m not adage it’s a abortive test, apperception you. It’s alluring to see, and I’m analytical about what added testing will show.

The ultrawide Alienware 34 QD-OLED adjoin a backdrop.Digital Trends

The alone allotment that I disagree with are the abstracts fabricated at the end of the video, adage that these OLED monitors should be acclimated alone for gaming. That’s aloof not acceptable admonition — not to acknowledgment the actuality that, again, this is not how bodies use PC monitors. RTINGS alike has its own all-embracing address about the abasement of LCD panels as well, assuming that no displays are safe from abasement over time.

In the written report, RTINGS has a added acceptable cessation about these monitors, accurately advertence how accessible console refreshes can be: “After banishment a console brace on all three afore demography the ages six photos, there’s actual little angel assimilation on any of the panels.”

It’s not that there are no risks of “burn-in” with OLED monitors. But as our own testing has shown, as continued as you’re application a mix of agreeable at abounding awning — as best bodies do — and advancement the console appropriately with pixel refreshes and screensavers, there’s not a huge acumen to be abashed of OLED monitors these days. And because aloof how acceptable they’ve become, you’d be missing out on absolutely a lot.

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Luke Larsen

Luke Larsen is the Senior editor of computing, managing all agreeable accoutrement laptops, monitors, PC hardware, Macs, and more.

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