HDR laptop display and beautiful typography

Manuel FantoniManuel Fantoni Posts: 3
edited February 9 in Technique and Theory
I'm going to buy a new Windows 14" ultrabook: Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 6th Generation.
I have to choose between two display options (both 14" LED backlight IPS):
  1. WQHD (2560x1440), matte, 300 nits, 700:1 contrast ratio, 72% gamut
  2. HDR WQHD (2560x1440) with Dolby Vision, glossy, 500 nits, 1500:1 contrast ratio, 100% gamut
I read long articles and books on my laptop (pdf, epub and doc files; web pages) and I write/code a lot. Above all, I really love to see sharp and crisp typography on screen.

I know that the HDR display is quite superior when watching movies or pictures; is the HDR display superior for text rendering too? Is it the right choice for people working with text (programmers, writers, journalists)? What display option should I choose?



  • I don't expect that the HDR display is better for text. Is it so much more expensive?

    What I’m more consort with is that the trackpad is not in the middle. I can’t imagine that this is comfortable.
  • Manuel FantoniManuel Fantoni Posts: 3
    edited February 9
    The price difference is minimal (probably about 70 dollars).

    Anyway, the HDR display has other superior features too (500 nits, 1500:1 contrast ratio, 100% gamut). My only fear is that HDR could result in worse typography on screen...

    As for the trackpad, it is located under the space bar, almost in the middle of the keyboard.
  • Thomas PhinneyThomas Phinney Posts: 968
    edited February 9
    Higher contrast generally increases legibility, but there is almost certainly some point of diminishing returns on that—and also a point at which more brightness is not a plus for text. Specifically, you don't want your screen to be considerably brighter than your environment, for prolonged work. So, if you envision using your laptop outdoors or have a lot of direct sunlight in your work area, maybe more brightness is good. Otherwise, a brighter-than-typical screen is actually of no help for prolonged work—it is actually a negative. Of course, you can turn brightness down, so it’s not a real problem, per se.

    My other concern would be the glossy screen. Not something I would want in a laptop meant for work and text, but great for watching movies and gaming. I have had several glossy-screen laptops and many matte-screen laptops over the years. The glossy-screen laptops were brighter, but also more tricky to avoid glare. I am unlikely to ever own one again.
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