My one major complaint about the Framework Laptop is the display. It is extremely reflective in all light, even when powered on. This also makes the display very difficult to see in sunlight — even indirect sunlight such as inside a car.
Is there anything Framework can share about concepts/developments for more display options?
Personally, battery efficiency is more important to me than any increase in resolution.
You might be interested in the various matte screen protector solutions here:
There are also many other threads discussing potential future display options, but doing a quick search on Panelook, I can only find one other suitable panel in production (also glossy) with a 1920x1280 resolution. That would definitely improve battery life at the expense of pixel density.
I feel my eyes are tired more with Framework Laptop’s display than my old MacBook Air and Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 6 displays. And the display is reflective as others reported. Here is Framework Laptop’s display (SKU: FRANFX0001) specs: Framework | Display Kit
OLED seems like the best general direction for this issue considering they emit far less bluelight.
In the meantime maybe use Night Light? Looks horrible but better then going blind! Hope your eyes are ok!
All OLED displays use PWM (flickering-based brightness control), which is quite bad for the eyes. It tricks the iris into remaining too far open, so the retinas are hit with more light than they can stand. This is why looking at PWM displays cause eye strain and can cause permanent damage to the retinas. But hey, PWM saves $1 on manufacturing costs!
Probably referring to red shift. This alters the colour temperature of the display to reduce blue output. It can increase this effect at night but it can also alter the colour temperature in the day if it’s bothering you.
Personally I use QRedshift but that’s for the Cinnamon DE. I have it set for 6500K - 100% brightness during the day (but my monitor is already shifted towards red using the ICM profile here https://www.notebookcheck.net/uploads/tx_nbc2/BOE_CQ_______NE135FBM_N41_01.icm ) and 3500K - 60% brightness at night. It automatically adjusts, in slow steps. Perhaps you could set a lower colour temperature during the day to cut down the blue. Say 5000K or so.
I do not know if you are specifically referring to laptop displays but, at least in the larger-size OLED screen market, LG’s WOLED architecture is very much not PWM outside of a minor dip in brightness on every refresh (this is something that Rtings has charted in their reviews).
Can you provide a spec sheet from LG which supports this claim of WOLED not using PWM? I wouldn’t trust Rtings. As far as I know, only Notebookcheck analyzes screens’ PWM scientifically, using a high frequency light sensor and oscilloscope.
Um, are you sure you’re not mistaking Rtings for one of those questionable “benchmark” sites like Us＊＊Benc＊＊＊rk that always seem to appear high in search engine results?
We place the photodiode tool at the center of the screen and use software to record and measure the flicker frequency with the backlight at 100% of its brightness, at 50% and 0%. If we notice anything strange, we also check the flicker with an oscilloscope.
For reference, here’s their monitor-focused review of the 42" C2:
With regards to the whole blue light thing, there is no actual evidence that it causes any damage. There’s a difference between exposing retinal cells in a petri dish to high levels of blue light, and natural exposure where those cells are protected by the rest of the eye, the eyelid, the iris etc.
If blue light were harmful, we’d have a pandemic of blindness nowadays, especially among programmers and those that use a PC for a living. People have been spending lots of time behind computer screens for over 40 years now.
Whenever you’re outside during the day, you’ll be exposed to much more blue light than a screen can provide anyway. On top of that, during the day you’ll be exposed to UV-A and UV-B light, which unlike blue light IS harmful to the eyes. So wearing sunglasses will do much more for your eyes than any display swap or colored filter will.
Most people suffering from eye fatigue when using a screen, do so because they’re not blinking enough. Also focusing on a nearby object for a long time will cause eye strain.
The best mitigation for those problems is blinking more, wearing any kind of glasses so your tears don’t evaporate as easily, and following the 20-20-20 rule (every 20 minutes, take a 20 second break and focus on an object more than 20ft away).
Yes, certain screens can seem to help with eye strain, but that is more likely a result of glare (or lack thereof), backlight technology, and adjustment to the surroundings (auto brightness).
Blue light can have an effect on your circadian rhythm, so avoiding exposure to blue light in the evening can be a good thing. But that’s really the only reason to even consider colored glasses or tools that adjust the screen color.
I’ve been spending a lot of time with actual eye specialists as a result of a problem with my lacrimal glands, causing dry and irritated eyes. I did ask about the possible effect of screen usage and blue light, and what I could do about it, and they took time to explain what actually causes eye strain and basically debunked the whole marketing ploy that opticians use to sell blue light filters.
Travelling east and west some hours, bright full moon shinning through the windows.
Watching late night TV, clubbing all night, all night parties.
Computer screens in the day like drinking or partying in the day can be exhausting and promote tiredness and drain the immune response, but as mentioned it’s more the time of day and the amount of exposure to any light, blue especially, that can keep people awake beyond a healthy level.
No doubt though some people are more sensitive than others and so may benefit from a filter, especially when spending hours in front of a screen, like sunscreen for those that have that difficult job of lying on the beach for hours.
I admit it is hard to keep track of all the sites, since so many are either
clickbait or subsidized by manufacturers. However Rtings (based in Quebec Canada) does say something that is false: “as mentioned, most monitors are flicker-free.” That is simply not true from my experience with eye strain. By comparison, Notebookcheck finds that over 51% of monitors use PWM. I’d rather trust the pessimistic view from the Germans which matches my experience. In addition, I generally see much more in-depth analyses from Notebookcheck with more measurements and focus on details.
The dilation is the movement of the iris not the pupil and is prompted by
The frequency of flashing light can evoke colours even if the light is only ‘white’ so PWM theoretically can be interpreted as various colour depending upon the frequency. Although I imagine this has been taken into consideration by the manufacturers.