In this article, I am about explain everything about screen contrast ratio in layman's term. You might often have read a sentence like ABC screen has a contrast ratio of 1000:1. But, what it mean? Is it good or bad? So, we're gonna see everything in detail.

Article Content:

  1. In-short about Screen Contrast Ratio
  2. Visible difference between good and bad screen contrast ratio
  3. What should it be with respect to display's panel?
  4. How we measure it at LaptopRadar.In?

In-short about Screen Contrast Ratio

In a very simple words, the screen contrast means the ability of screen to produce different colours that can be visible with naked eyes, outdoor and indoor.

I think, the definition still looks weird, right? Don't think much. See the below image and answer my some of the questions.

Two columns with 4 colours in each. On the left, bright red, yellow, blue, and green, and on the right column, light red, yellow, blue, and green colours are there.

You can see 2 columns in the above image, and both consists of 4 colours.

On the left column, there are 4 colours and you can differentiate all of them very easily. And, the same applies for right side column.

Now, look at the first colour of left column and the same of right side column. You can see that the left one is too bright compared to right one. Now, try to look it in direct sunlight.

If visible properly without stressing your eyes, means, your laptop's display has good screen contrast ratio. And if not, then I'm worried about it. Because, it lacks something.

Now, look at how to define it.

The screen contrast ratio is defined as the ratio of the brightest light emitted by the screen to the darkest spot created.

Visible difference between good and bad screen contrast ratio

There's a clear difference between the display of good and bad contrast ratio.

See the below image. The display on the left side shown in the below image has a good contrast ratio compared to the right.

Difference between Good and bad screen contrast ratio.
(Image credit: Thanalysis)

What should it be with respect to display's panel?

The contrast ratio always differs within the types of the device.

In laptops and monitors, it depends on the type of display panel and, it's very limited. But, the ideal results are as follows.

  • For TN and IPS panels: 1000:1
  • For VA panel: 3000:1

See, mobile devices have pretty higher screen contrast ratio, says 1000000:1, which means, you will be able to get better and accurate dark spot.

How we measure it at LaptopRadar.In?

Measurement of the screen contrast ratio involves the special-dark laboratory. It also involves the custom environment to set up. At LaptopRadar.In, we don't measure it. The data of the screen contrast ratio that we provide in our review articles are from the manufacturer's website.

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