The Best OLED Laptops for 2022 in the UAE and Saudi Arabia

In terms of sock-it-to-my-eyeballs innovation, few core technologies can match the history and consistency of new screen tech to wow us. From CRT to LCD, from VGA resolution to 4K (and soon enough on to 8K), a procession of steadily more stunning TV and computer screens has marched through our homes over the years. Which brings us to one of the most recent advances: OLED.

OLED screen technology has been the latest big feature in modern television sets, offering stunning colors, deep blacks, and amazing overall picture quality. It’s also shown up on late-model high-profile smartphones from Apple and Samsung. So, very big screens and very small screens have seen the advance of OLED, but the ones in the middle, in laptops and on desktops? Not so much…until now.

The technology is finally hitting laptop displays in a modest stream, and 2021 was the year that OLED finally gained laptop momentum, based on some OLED-panel manufacturing trends. The considerations are a bit different on the laptop side, however. While you want TVs to look as good as possible for movies and broadcast programming, the usage case varies from that of a computer. PCs are designed not just for content consumption but for content creation, and laptops have to worry about that pesky necessity, battery life.

All of these change the ways screen technology needs to work with the product, which leads me to the question I’d like to answer: Should you buy an OLED laptop? Let’s dig in. I’ll start with a breakout of our favorite lab-tested OLED laptops, followed by a guide to understanding OLED and how to buy the right machine for you.

Dell XPS 15 OLED (9520)

Pros Cons
+ Lightning performance with Intel1 2th Gen CPUs – USBC ports require adapters for many uses
+ Gorgeous 3.5K OLED touch display – GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU isn’t a powerhouse
+ All-day battery life – 720p webcam is a little disappointing
+ Comfortable keyboard and touchpad
+ SD card slot

Dell XPS 15 OLED (9520)

With the latest Intel processors and a stunning OLED touch screen, the latest Dell XPS 15 is as good as desktop replacement laptops get.

د.إ 9,909.00

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Why We Picked It:

The latest OLED-equipped model of the Dell XPS 15 (version 9520, which starts at $1,449; $2,299 as tested) joins a long line of the company’s flagship laptops and shows the state of the art in desktop-replacement systems. Armed with Intel’s newest 12th Generation processors, Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics, and a beautiful OLED touch screen, this is one notebook that offers unbeatable productivity with visuals to match. It’s not only one of the best office PCs on the market, it’s a great option for video editing and media work, too. The XPS 15 OLED easily repeats as an Editors’ Choice winner among deluxe content creation laptops.

Dell XPS 13 OLED (9310)

Pros Cons
+ Breathtaking 3.5K OLED display – Lower-res IPS screen offers superior battery life
+ Unbeatably trim and compact – Ports limited two Thunderbolt 4
+ Lively performance – No LTE mobile broadband option
+ Attractive and solidly built
+ Above-average audio

Dell XPS 13 OLED (9310)

With the latest Intel processors and a stunning OLED touch screen, the latest Dell XPS 15 is as good as desktop replacement laptops get.

د.إ 9,932.00

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Why We Picked It:

The phrase “embarrassment of riches” was made for ultraportable laptops—not only because the lightest, most compact notebooks cost more than their bulkier cousins, but because you’ll see so many excellent ones to choose among. Continually, new models top one another for our Editors’ Choice honors in the category. But Dell thinks it has a tiebreaker: The latest XPS 13 (starts at $949.99; $1,699.99 as tested) is the only one to offer an ultra-colorful, ultra-high-contrast OLED screen. The panel subtracts some battery life, but it makes an already gorgeous ultraportable even more pleasing to the eye. It deserves top marks for those who value a vibrant display above all else.

HP Spectre x360 13.5 (2022)

Pros Cons
+ Gorgeous 3:2 aspect ration OLED touch screen – No HDMI port
+ Elegantly sleek, sturdy design – No internal pen storage or LTE mobile broadband
+ Great performance and battery life – Keyboard layout a little disappointing

HP Spectre x360 13.5 (2022)

The Spectre x360, now in a slightly tweaked screen size, isn’t cheap, but HP’s flagship convertible laptop is a brilliantly engineered, light, long-lived showpiece.

د.إ 5,000.00

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Why We Picked It:

At the risk of splitting hairs, or numbers, the HP Spectre x360 13.5 (starts at $1,149.99; $1,749.99 as tested) is not an all-new convertible laptop but an update of the Spectre x360 14 that scored PCMag Editors’ Choice honors in January 2021. It has the same 13.5-inch OLED touch screen with 3,000-by-2,000-pixel resolution, refreshed with 12th Generation Intel silicon. The new HP easily earns another Editors’ Choice win as a premium 2-in-1, though the contest is awfully close between it and another high-end consumer convertible with a dazzling OLED display, the Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 7. It comes down to whether you prefer the Spectre’s squarish 3:2 screen aspect ratio or the Yoga’s more rectangular 16:10.

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook

Pros Cons
+ Superb OLED display – Ho-hum compute performance
+ High-quality front and rear cameras – No audio jack, or 4G/5G LTE option
+ Comes with keyboard cover and kickstand – Stylus supported, but costs extra

Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook

Cool with Chrome OS in tablet form? A 13.3-inch OLED touch screen makes Lenovo’s second, bigger version of its Chromebook Duet a surprisingly nice 2-in-1 detachable for the money.

د.إ 1,635.00

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Why We Picked It:

The Lenovo Chromebook Duet? Isn’t that the 10.1-inch tablet with keyboard and kickstand we praised in May 2020 and have been touting ever since as a super value? Well, yes, and that cute detachable Chromebook is still a bargain, but the Lenovo IdeaPad Duet 5 Chromebook (starts at $429.99; $499 as tested) is something else altogether—a larger 2-in-1 tablet with an ultra-colorful, ultra-high-contrast, 13.3-inch OLED touch screen. You can find faster and cheaper conventional Chromebooks, but the new Duet outshines the recently reviewed HP Chromebook x2 if you’d like a tablet that doubles as a laptop. It earns an Editors’ Choice award as a premium Chromebook detachable.

Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED (H5600)

Pros Cons
+ Gorgeous 16″, 4K OLED display with high color gamut coverage – Keyboard truncated to make room for dial
+ Unique Asus Dial provides contextual input for Adobe Creative Suite apps – Slow storage throughput in testing
+ AMD Ryzen 9, Nvidia RTX 3070GPU ready for demanding creative workloads

Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED (H5600)

The Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 is an impressive laptop made with content creators in mind, from its versatile input dial and 4K OLED screen to its high-flying AMD and Nvidia components.

د.إ 19,718.00

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Why We Picked It:

PC makers have been catering to creative professionals in recent years with a growing number of special designs, and the Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 is a great new example. (It starts at $1,599.99; our OLED H5600 model is $2,399.99 as tested.) Our configuration of this laptop combines a beautiful 16-inch OLED screen with 4K resolution, a high-end AMD Ryzen 9 processor and Nvidia GeForce RTX 30 Series graphics, and a unique keyboard dial with contextual tool commands for Adobe creative apps. This high-configured test model is pricey, meant for a relatively niche user who needs top specs and a great display, and can actually leverage the extra tools on offer. The performance is a pack leader among similar systems, delivering a sound (if expensive) overall creative experience for professionals.

Acer Predator Triton 300 SE (2022)

Pros Cons
+ Strong overall performance as configured with Intel Core i9 CPU and Nvidia RTX 3060 – RTX 3060 GPU misses 60fps at max settings at native resolution
+ Gorgeous high-res OLED display – Build quality slightly shy of other premium 14″ gamers
+ 1080p webcam and solid speakers – OLED display limited 90Hz refresh rate
+ Impressive battery life
+ Fair price, with the base model a solid value

The Bottom Line:
The latest remix of the Acer Predator Triton 300 SE is a robust compact gaming rig, pairing a beautiful OLED display with solid components. It’s priced reasonably considering its power, and the base model is a great deal too.

Why We Picked It:

The latest OLED-equipped model of the Dell XPS 15 (version 9520, which starts at $1,449; $2,299 as tested) joins a long line of the company’s flagship laptops and shows the state of the art in desktop-replacement systems. Armed with Intel’s newest 12th Generation processors, Nvidia GeForce RTX graphics, and a beautiful OLED touch screen, this is one notebook that offers unbeatable productivity with visuals to match. It’s not only one of the best office PCs on the market, it’s a great option for video editing and media work, too. The XPS 15 OLED easily repeats as an Editors’ Choice winner among deluxe content creation laptops.

Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC

Pros Cons
+ Blazing performance – Badly placed webcam
+ Beautiful 4K OLED screen is Pantone certified, factory calibrated – No security-cable notch
+ Plenty of ports
+ Show-off RGB keyboard

Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC

Whether you’re tackling tough content-creation jobs or gaming after hours, Gigabyte’s Aero 15 OLED XC is a lavishly equipped, surprisingly affordable power laptop, packing GeForce “Ampere” silicon and a sterling screen.

د.إ 8,883.00

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Why We Picked It:

Last April, we awarded the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XB an Editors’ Choice laurel as a top laptop for creative professionals. The Aero 15 OLED XC is a modest refresh with Nvidia’s new GeForce RTX 30 Series (“Ampere”) graphics silicon, which nets you an extra 5 or 10 frames per second (fps) when playing games after work. It’s also $500 cheaper ($2,199 in our test configuration), which makes it a screaming bargain—the last time we raved about a high-end creative notebook with a 4K OLED display, it was the $4,491 HP ZBook Create G7. Its webcam focuses on your neck and chin instead of your face, but otherwise this Gigabyte is a slam-dunk Editors’ Choice winner that will thrill any digital content creator.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3

Pros Cons
+ Beautiful 4K OLED touch screen – Underwhelming graphics performance
+ World-class keyboard – Battery life could be better
+ HDMI and USBA ports, as well as Thunderbolt 3

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 4

The quality you expect from the ThinkPad brand and a dazzling 4K OLED display make Lenovo’s latest ThinkPad X1 Extreme a worthy contender among deluxe creative laptops.

د.إ 9,309.00

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Why We Picked It:

They don’t have mobile workstations’ independent software vendor (ISV) certifications for specialized computer-aided design, rendering, and scientific apps, but elite systems for digital content creators are some of our favorite laptops. The Dell XPS 15 and the Apple MacBook Pro 16-Inch are probably the best-known, but everyone from Acer and Asus to Gigabyte, Razer, and MSI competes in this space—as does Lenovo, which has just unveiled a third generation of its 15.6-inch ThinkPad X1 Extreme (starts at $1,479; $2,913 as tested). The new Extreme combines elegant design and solid performance with alluring features led by a gorgeous OLED display. Its battery life is a little disappointing and it can’t double as a gamer as some competitors can, but it’s a first-class creative and productivity partner.

Asus Vivobook Pro 16X OLED (M7600QE-XB99)

Pros Cons
+ Eye-catching 4K OLED display with wide color coverage – GeForce RTX 3050 Ti GPU is decent but falls short
+ AMD Ryzen 9 has ample performance for content creation – USBC port lacks Thunderbolt support
+ LED touchpad dial tool for creative apps
+ Long battery life

Asus Vivobook Pro 16X OLED (M7600QE-XB99)

Asus’ Vivobook Pro 16X OLED is an attractive package all around, thanks to a 4K OLED display, a speedy Ryzen 9 CPU, long battery life, and a standout touch dial tool.

د.إ 5,454.00

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Why We Picked It:

PC makers are serving up more content-creator laptops than ever, targeting creative professionals who need speedy components and some specialized features. The latest of these peppy not-quite-workstations is the Asus Vivobook Pro 16X OLED (starts at $1,449.99; $1,649.99 as tested), which offers an appealing combination of AMD Ryzen processing power, a brilliant OLED display, and a useful LED touchpad dial tool for controlling creative applications. Add plenty of storage, impressive battery life, and attractive pricing, and the Vivobook Pro makes a strong case to be your go-to notebook.

Asus ZenBook Pro Duo

Pros Cons
+ Unique ScreenPad Plus second display simplifies workflows – Cramped keyboard and touchpad
+ Main display is an OLED panel + No SD card reader
+ Excellent design and build quality – Heavy
+ Intel Core i9 and Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 offer computing muscle – Short battery life
+ Included stylus and wrist rest

Asus ZenBook Pro Duo

The Asus ZenBook Pro Duo is a thoughtful, albeit pricey, reinvention of the laptop, with a second screen in the keyboard base and an Intel Core i9 processor that should appeal to creative professionals with resource-intensive workflows.

د.إ 7,852.00

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Why We Picked It:

In the ZenBook Pro Duo, Asus is thinking about big-screen laptops in a whole new way. The Taiwanese tech giant has plastered almost every practical square inch of the inside of this futuristic laptop with touch screens. The machine has a 15.6-inch 4K OLED touch display where laptop screens typically go, and another 14-inch-wide display above the keyboard. It’s a brilliant concept for digital artists who need as much screen real estate as possible, and it’s backed up by serious computing power in the form of an Intel Core i9 CPU and an Nvidia GeForce RTX 2060 GPU. At a starting price of $2,499, it’s not cheap, and the model we’re reviewing here rings up at $2,999. For power users who live life on the bleeding edge, the ZenBook Pro Duo might not be The Laptop, Version 2.0 quite yet, but it still might be worth every penny depending on how you work.


How to Buy a OLED Laptop: First, What Is an OLED Display, Anyway?

To answer that, I’ll start by getting into the details of OLED screens, and what advantages they are meant to bring. For starters, the acronym OLED stands for “organic light-emitting diode”; more on that in a moment. The short explanation is that OLED technology is similar to traditional LED technology—the same concept of light-emitting diodes—but rather than the screen producing light using only semiconductors, organic molecules are employed (putting the “O” in OLED). The end result is brighter screens with more vibrant color, hence the appeal of using it in TVs and computers. OLEDs also tend to use less power, all else being equal.

If you’re interested, here’s a slightly more technical explanation. The various kinds of LCD screens—the kinds you’ve gotten used to in most laptops and TVs over the past decade—whether, TFT, VA, or other technologies, all share a similar base concept. They use a white LED backlight source that pushes light through filters. That light is gated at the pixel level by liquid crystals in various states and orientations, which blocks or tints the light to generate pixels of the desired color. In simple terms, OLED screens use a different display paradigm: an organic compound that is self-emissive in terms of light, allowing each pixel in the panel to produce its own light when current is applied.

Asus Vivobook Pro 16X OLEDThe Asus Vivobook Pro 16X OLED

That’s the main difference from LCD screens, and what enables them to produce extra-brilliant colors and deep blacks. Notably, OLEDs offer “truer” blacks than other mainstream screen technologies can when showing a dark or totally black image. When an LCD panel is displaying black, light is still being pushed behind the pixels in play, but they are shuttered to present to your eyes as dark space. In OLED screens, the individual pixels on the portions of the screen showing black are truly displaying nothing, so there’s no light leakage from the back to dilute the darkness. This, in turn, provides better contrast and deeper blacks than simply filtering out an ever-present LED backlight.

All of this also allows a panel to be more efficient, and thus thinner. That doesn’t come into play with laptops as dramatically as with OLED TVs; many OLED TVs are nearly razor-thin.


Should You Buy an OLED Laptop?

Of course, this beauty comes at a price. OLED laptop configurations are more expensive than traditional display options, and the OLED screen option will often be included only in the priciest variant in a laptop family. Part of this cost-boosting is that this new wave of laptop OLED panels—all manufactured by Samsung at this point—are mostly, but not all, 4K-resolution screens, upping the price further by requiring appropriate supporting components. That’s another reason why OLED is usually in the top-most model of a given laptop family. A 4K native resolution and cutting-edge screen technology represent the most premium version of any given machine. (That started to change in the latter half of 2021, with some lower-resolution 13.3-inch OLED panels hitting the market in machines like the Lenovo Ideapad Duet 5 Chromebook.)

If you’re interested in an OLED display but unsure whether you can justify it, you could base your decision on the simple fact that they’re incredible to look at, for the reasons described above. OLED is not strictly necessary, but then, neither is 4K resolution, and many tech features start as luxuries before becoming standard. If you’re buying a new panel in 2022, adopting a technology that is only poised to become more popular is a solid decision, and most OLED panels we’ve seen look superb. If you want to buy a screen just because it makes watching videos, playing games, and even staring at your desktop look amazing, we can’t argue with that. But whether or not the added cost is worth it is up to you and your budget.

Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED (H5600)The creator-focused Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED (H5600)

Specific types of users should consider some more granular pros and cons, though. Gamers will enjoy eye-popping visuals, and the fantasy and sci-fi settings of many titles are ideal for both deep blacks and vibrant colors. However, virtually no laptop hardware is equipped to play in 4K at 60 frames per second, so most gamers will have to tune down the resolution to 1440p or 1080p. That’s not the end of the world, since you can still view other content in 4K, but you are paying extra for 4K resolution to get OLED because the two are intertwined in many laptops so far. Not playing at your laptop’s native resolution may feel like a waste to some, but as it stands, that could be a cost of attaining an OLED panel.

There’s also the issue of refresh rate. An increasing share of modern gaming laptops are launching with 120Hz, 144Hz, or even 240Hz displays to show more frames per second in competitive games. This first wave of 4K OLED panels are locked at 60Hz (90Hz panels are starting to gain momentum), and going higher in the future will only cost more money. A 60Hz refresh rate is a fine fit for AAA titles where appearance is more important than frames, but many gamers play both big-budget blockbusters and the hottest battle royale or MOBA. It’s another tradeoff you’ll have to make for picture quality, as good as it is.

Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED XCGigabyte Aero 15 OLED XC

Also consider some of the nuances to that. At 4K, it takes a tip-top GPU to push frame rates in excess of 60 frames per second (fps), in any case, at 4K and high detail settings with many modern AAA titles. In practical fact, if you’re playing the Far Crys and Battlefields of the world, and even if you have a GeForce RTX 2070 or RTX 2080 GPU, you can’t expect to hit 120fps or 144fps at 4K and high detail settings, anyway. Even 2021’s GeForce RTX 30 Series laptop GPUs are hard pressed. So the 60Hz refresh rate of the screen won’t matter as much.

The 60Hz limit is more an issue if you’re an aficionado of older games, or of less-demanding but highly competitive esports titles (CS:GO, Fortnite, Apex Legends) in which maximum frame rates are life-and-death matters. For those kinds of games, an OLED will have you leaving frames on the floor, unless you land one of the very new 90Hz models.

Dell XPS 15 (7590)OLED-equipped Dell XPS 15

Meanwhile, OLED also has different considerations for creative professionals. Your work will look stellar onscreen, but the jury is out, to an extent, on color-spectrum coverage and color accuracy. Different OLED-laptop manufacturers make different claims about which color gamuts get full coverage, despite the laptops being built around the same Samsung panels, and we’ve had trouble getting consistent color-accuracy results so far using our existing test equipment. (Note that Pantone validation is an aspect of a few machines so far, notably several models from Gigabyte, including the Aero 15 OLED XB and Aero 15 OLED XC.) Part of that is the fact that this is still an emerging field, and the makers of both the testing hardware and calibration software are still adapting to OLED screens showing up in laptops, as are we.

Largely, the color coverage and accuracy is and should be good enough for most casual and prosumer use cases, but the uncertainty around consistent testing methods, at the moment, leaves us unable to fully endorse OLED to exacting creative professionals for now. (That’s not a condemnation, just a caveat.) That said, if you know how to tune and calibrate displays for professional work, you should be able to tune the OLED to better results than out-of-the-box settings.

Beyond the display, for our general laptop buying advice, including what components to look for given your needs and budget, check out our roundup of best overall laptops, as well as our guide to the best gaming laptops.


How Does OLED Affect Laptop Battery Life?

As explained previously, when an OLED screen is displaying black on some or all of the screen, the pixels on those portions of the display are turned completely off. Because of that, the screen should use less power when showing black-dominant images, or videos with more black segments. This also holds true even if the scene or image is not completely black, just dark, because the pixels are still using less power.

To leverage this OLED trait, we’ve found that most OLED-laptop makers are shipping their systems with Windows’ Dark mode turned on, so no more juice than necessary is spent displaying your windows, folders, and taskbar. In our reviews of the first bunch of OLED laptops we received at PC Labs, we tested the impact of both OLED screens and Dark mode on battery life.

Dell XPS 13 OLED (9310)The Dell XPS 13 OLED (9310)

You can visit the individual reviews for more details—the reviews of the Razer Blade 15 and the Dell XPS 15 (7590) in particular include this information—but the takeaway is that Dark mode could be the chocolate to OLED’s peanut butter. Using it delivered a noticeable improvement to battery life in our tests. OLED really does use up more juice displaying white pixels, and even pumping up the brightness to the max in Dark mode has much less of an impact than it does with white screens. Using Dark mode and watching videos with a lot of black or dark scenes could add up to hours of additional battery life. (Hello, Game of Thrones reruns!) Generally, OLED is a power saver, and this aspect only adds to the potential savings.

It may feel like overkill to think you have to monitor how much black or dark space is being displayed on your screen at any one time, but we wouldn’t obsess over it. Generally, with OLED, keeping Dark mode on (or switching to it when you’re going to be using your system off the charger) should make difference enough. But you may want to keep that desktop wallpaper dark, too!


What Kinds of OLED Laptops Can I Buy?

For now, the field of laptops with OLED screens is small versus the whole field of laptops. The relative handful we have tested here is promising, and a little varied, but not as varied as the larger laptop market. OLED options have been entering more product lines over the last year (we saw the first OLED Chromebooks, for example, in 2021), but manufacturers are, for now, mostly reserving OLED panels for their top-end, premium models. Given the price of OLED, and most of the panels so far being tied to 4K native resolutions, this makes sense.

Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 CarbonThe road-ready Lenovo IdeaPad Slim 7 Carbon

Which leads us to the exact types of laptops we’ve seen so far. Generally, they have been high-end desktop-replacement laptops and ultraportables with optional OLED screens, as well as powerful gaming machines. The former—laptops like the Dell XPS 15 OLED (9520) and the HP Spectre x360 14 convertible—are perhaps a better fit. These jack-of-all-trades laptops may have you watching 4K streaming videos, looking at photos, and maybe doing some content-creation work, depending on the components. Entry-level discrete graphics is an option in some of these laptops, which ought to enable some light OLED gaming at resolutions below 4K. Everything you’re doing benefits from OLED, without many downsides other than the price.

HP Spectre x360 14HP Spectre x360 14 (Photo: Zlata Ivleva)

OLED screens in gaming-specific laptops are more the exception than the norm. They usually appear as an add-on option, but more recently manufacturers have opted for super-high-refresh displays over OLED for gaming laptops. Razer and Alienware, for example, have opted for 300Hz displays in their premium flagship gaming laptops, leaving OLED for other models or removing them as an option altogether. As we explained earlier, 4K OLED screens’ current 60Hz or 90Hz maximum refresh rate means “true” high-refresh OLED screens are not possible at the moment. If you do still see the option offered in a gaming laptop you’re considering, knowing you’re locking yourself out of high refresh rates is a tough call (though only more competitive multiplayer gamers are likely to care). Higher-refresh OLED panels should come to laptops eventually, as they exist in other products. But right now, that limitation is something for PC gamers to consider mindfully about OLED.

The type of specialty laptops likely to include OLED screens are increasingly not gaming machines, but creator laptops. Aimed at creative professionals, these help users enhance their video editing, color-matching work, and the like. It’s not exactly essential for these users, but the gains are clear, and the downside of limited refresh rate does not apply.


So, What Is the Best OLED Laptop to Buy?

The main, clear upside to OLED screens is how stellar they look. That alone may well be worth the money to you—though, as we’ve explained, OLED poses clear costs in dollars and more abstract ones. These panels are not for everyone, and paying well into four figures for a laptop with one is an investment.

It will be a while until OLEDs make it a wider range of laptops and the cost comes down, but for now, they’re a joy to behold and we’re glad they’re here. If your budget can swing it, check out our recommendations and reviews below for the top OLED-bearing laptops that PC Labs has tested to date.

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