Oled vs LCD – What is right for you?

Overview

OLED vs LCD – what should you choose? Having knowledge about the difference could not only help you make a good buying decision but will also give you a plethora of information that you could use to buy other display devices.

One distinction on which you must have knowledge about is OLED vs LCD, especially if you are planning to buy a new television. OLED is nothing but a display technology that involves carbon-based film that is placed between the conductors to pass current and emit light.

LCD, on the other hand, is a display technology that uses panels made of liquid crystals that uses a backlight to light up the pixels. In OLED, the pixels brighten the light. The light in OLED screens can be controlled on a pixel basis, whereas, it is not possible to do the same in LCD screens.

There are many differences between OLED and LCD display which are covered in the following sections but first, let us learn about each display in detail. Tvs that uses LCD technology are today labeled either LED or QLED (Samsung) , they are a refinement of the LCD technology, but basically they are both LCD so in this article will use the term OLED vs LCD when comparing these 2 different technologies.

What is an LCD?

Liquid crystal display or LCD is a flat panel display technology that uses liquid crystals as the main form of operation. If we talk in terms of display technology, ‘LCD is a very big leap’ that has replaced other displays like the gas plasma, LED.

With the introduction of LCDs, the display became thinner than CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) technology. The LCD uses a backlight to emit light and produce an image. This gives efficiency and allows LCDs to use much less power than LEDs and gas-plasma display tech.

Now, one important thing that you must note here is – as LCD has replaced older screen technologies, LCDs are also being replaced by new screen display technologies- OLED.

Still, there are smartphones, TVs, and computer displays that rely on LCDs. Let us see what advantages you can get using an LCD display.

Advantages of LCD

Here below are some advantages or strengths of liquid crystal display (LCD):

Energy-efficient and consume low power to operate
Excellent contrast
Compact and lightweight
Low flicker rates
Immune to image burn-in
It does not get affected by magnetic fields.
Superior resolution
Displays are available in multiple sizes.

Disadvantages of LCD

Here below are some disadvantages or weakness of LCD displays that you should keep in mind before making a final choice:

The contrast can fade at high temperatures.
Different viewing angles will give a different color and contrast.
Motion blur is a common issue.
Can not achieve infinite blacks as OLED ( except very expensive models )

What is OLED?

What is OLED?

Organic light-emitting diodes or OLED is designed in such a way that organic films can be placed between the 2 conductors and when the electricity is passed the light is released to produce the image.

OLED display does not require a backlight as they are emissive. This quality makes OLED TVs thinner and efficient. In addition, OLEDs

are organic, which means the material used in making the panels contains hydrogen and carbon. It does not contain any bad metal.

Advantages of OLEDs

The following is a list of advantages that and OLED TV display can have over a Liquid Crystal Display TV display:

Improved picture quality
Improved contrast
More brightness
Wider color range
More viewing angle
Lowe power consumption
Faster refresh rate
OLEDs are more durable than LCDs

Disadvantages of OLEDs

Yes, it is a fact that OLEDs are much more superior to LCDs, but still, there are some weaknesses that must be considered before making the final choice. That being said, the cost of creating OLEDs is high in comparison to LCDs. Hopefully, this will change in the future.

OLEDs used to have a limited lifetime in the past, but the tech industry has constantly worked on the area and has minimized this issue. Today, OLEDs displays can last long and that is why many companies have started producing mobiles and TV displays made of OLED.

Another issue that OLEDs can have is due to its own emissive nature. As OLEDs have the ability to radiate light and heat, it can be a problem if the OLED display is exposed to the sunlight. But again, the technology industry is working to figure out ways to make it better.

OLED vs LCD

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OLED vs LCD
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Here was a brief discussion about the two popular displays OLEDs vs LCDs. Now, let us see how they are different from each other.

LCD (liquid crystal display) screens use layers of liquid crystal and backlight to produce the image, an OLED (organic light-emitting diodes) screen uses light releasing diodes to produce the image.

The OLED display has better picture quality but on the flip side, it is expensive in comparison to LCDs.

OLEDs have a very big advantage over LCDs, and that is – foldable and bendable displays. Let us now compare the displays according to some important categories.

OLED vs LCD: Brightness

Both screen types are very bright and can project pictures in a sunny room. Light output or brightness plays a crucial part in HDR (High Dynamic Range). But when it comes to – which one is a better option, LCD TVs will dominate the OLED TVs in this category, thanks to LCD’s backlight function.

Black Level

As OLED screens technology of the TV can manipulate each pixel, it can easily turn off the pixels and produce a complete black level. The darker the level the better the picture quality.

LCDs technology cannot operate on a pixel-by-pixel basis and so, it cannot truly project the black level in your screen, hence darker tone will not be achieved fully. However, it is just a comparison of which display is better. LCDs do feature black level but not completely.

Resolution

There is no comparison in this category because both OLED and LCD screens are available in Ultra HD 4k. It’s a tie!

Constrast Ratio

Each pixel in the OLED display is independent and has its own background light, this quality helps the screen to give out light, color, brightness, contrast independently. This means the contrast ratio will be much higher. Higher the contrast ratio – a more realistic picture you will be able to see.

Refresh rate

A high refresh rate will reduce a motion blur plus will operate smoothly and much faster. The recent version of OLED has a refresh rate of 120Hz.

Cheaper versions of LCDs have a 60Hz refresh rate. Surely, 60Hz is will not give motion lag issue, but if you are more into gaming or watching sports, OLED TVs will provide a much better experience.

Viewing Angle

One of the biggest weaknesses of LCD is that – the color and overall picture quality changes if you sit away from the center. This issue cannot be seen on an OLED TV. You can walk to the side and away from the center but the contrast, color, and overall picture quality will not change. Some more expensive LCD have something called Ultra viewing angle technology. This is supposed to help with this problems LCDs have with sitting of center, but it cannot compete with OLED in this regard.

Energy consumption

There are a number of factors that could affect energy consumption. For example, higher brightness on the TV screen will consume more energy. OLED has a much more contrast ratio in comparison to LCD TV, so OLED will consume more energy.

Life span

The life span of LCD is reported to be – 30,000 to 60,000 hours.

The life span of OLED is reported to be – 40,000 hours (25% brightness) and 10,000 hours (100% brightness)

Screen size

LCD TVs are a clear winner in this category. LCD TVs are available in different screen sizes from 32 inches to more than 86 inches. OLEDs are available in limited screen sizes – 55 inches, 65 inches. Oled does have an 88 inch, but the price of that tv is astronomical compared to the LCD biggest size.

Cost and price

You can get a 75 inch LCD TV for around $1400. OLED have 77 inch tvs for about $4000
At 65 inch sizes you can get a LCD for $1000 and the cheapest OLED will cost you $1700

Final Words

There you go, OLED vs LCD covered in this article. As we have seen, there are many categories on which OLED and LCDs can be compared but at the end of the day, it also depends on your personal choice, budget, desire, etc. So, make sure to read and compare all the aspects again to make a good final decision.

Hope you have learned something new from this page. Good Luck!
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