Laptops have come a long way in recent years, with new features and technologies being added to improve performance, speed, and efficiency. One of the most significant areas of improvement has been in displays, which have seen an explosion in new technologies and capabilities. In 2023, we expect to see even more exciting changes and trends in laptop displays. In this post, we’ll explore some of the most exciting display trends to look out for in laptops in 2023.
One of the most significant trends we’re expecting in 2023 is larger screens. Laptops are going to get bigger, both figuratively and literally. Across the board, we’re seeing laptops move towards the 16:10 aspect ratio, which makes for a taller device with extra vertical screen space. A shift to larger-screened (but not necessarily larger) models has followed. We’re seeing 15-inches become 16-inches and 17-inches become truly enormous 18-inches. This trend is especially noticeable in the gaming space, where we’re expecting to see some of the largest laptops ever released in 2023. Razer has announced its largest Blade ever, the Blade 18, which provides a massive 16:10 machine screen. Asus, Acer, and Alienware will all be topping their high-end lines with 18 inches.
Mini-LED Goes Mainstream
Mini-LED displays have been making their way into the laptop space for the past few years. In 2023, we expect it to explode into the high-end mainstream, as it’s debuting in several prominent upcoming gaming machines. Unlike standard LCD screens, which use one group of lights to project an image, Mini LED displays use many clusters of tiny diodes (local dimming zones) that can brighten or darken independently. While Mini LED doesn’t provide quite the same contrast and power savings as an OLED display, it can generally produce a higher peak brightness and doesn’t come with the same burn-in and image retention concerns that OLED often does.
OLED Gets More Affordable
The laptop market has been moving towards affordable OLED for a few years now, and we expect that trend to continue in 2023. Asus launched an array of OLED devices across categories and price points at CES this year, and we expect them to announce more at upcoming shows. Acer will offer OLED with its new Swift Go line, which starts below $1,000, and Lenovo’s Slim 5 will also offer the technology.
High Refresh Rates Meet High Resolutions
In the past, gamers had to choose between a high-refresh-rate 1080p screen and a higher-resolution screen capped at 60Hz. In 2023, we’re going to see more models that nix that compromise. QHD screens with decently high refresh rates will abound in the high-end market, combining QHD resolution with a 240Hz refresh rate. Acer’s Predator Helios will offer a 250hz refresh rate with a Mini LED, WQXGA screen. Razer’s Mini LED display can even switch between 1920 x 1200 / 240Hz and 4K / 120Hz.
Laptop displays are becoming larger, brighter, and more capable. In 2023, we expect to see a continuation of the trend toward larger screens, more affordable OLEDs, high refresh rates, and Mini LED displays. If you’re in the market for a new laptop, keep an eye out for these exciting display trends.