OLED Screen Burn-In – What You Need To Know

OLED screens suffer from something called screen burn-in. Here's everything you need to know about it and why you shouldn't worry.

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Modern OLED displays offer an impeccable image quality thanks to their infinite contrast, stunning colors and instantaneous response time speed. Newer models also have great input lag performance, as well as excellent brightness.

The main downside of OLED displays is the risk of screen burn-in, which causes static parts of the image to be permanently ‘burned’ in the screen if the same content is displayed for excessive periods. However, there are ways to prevent it.

The main thing people are worried about when looking at OLED displays is screen burn-in and image retention, but as long as you are careful about how you are using your TV or monitor, you shouldn’t stress about it.

Image Retention vs. Burn-In

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OLED burn-in can occur if you leave your display playing the same content with static elements for too long.

This includes logos and news banners of TV channels, but also HUD elements in video games, such as mini-maps, health bars, scoreboards, pause menus, etc.

If you notice that your OLED display is showing these visual artifacts, don’t despair just yet.

It could go away by simply watching something else for a while, in which case you’ve got image retention, not burn-in.

Basically, screen burn-in is permanent image retention.

How To Prevent Image Retention And Burn-In?

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If burn-in has already affected your OLED display, then there isn’t much you can do about it unless it’s covered by a warranty.

There are plenty of things you can do to prevent burn-in or image retention from happening in the first place, though.

Modern OLED displays come with many helpful features. Besides screensavers, you will find ‘Screen Move’ feature, which periodically moves the image around the screen by a few pixels to lessen the risk of screen burn-in/retention.

Additionally, a feature called ‘Pixel Cleaning/Panel Refresher’ eliminates image retention when used, though the process can take up to an hour. Some models have the option to run this feature after a certain time automatically.

There are even models with features such as ‘Adjust Logo Brightness’, that detect bright static elements on the screen and lower their brightness.

Finally, you should avoid using maximum settings for backlight, brightness, and contrast. Since OLEDs dim over time, lowering these settings can also extend the display’s lifespan.

Conclusion

As long as you aren’t always watching the same content with fixed static elements over and over for long periods of time and you regularly run the Pixel Refresher (different name depending on the model) feature, there’s nothing to worry about concerning image retention and burn-in.

You should also pick the models that offer the best burn-in warranty in your region.

If you mostly have your TV on just for the background noise, you should consider getting an LCD TV instead.

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