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The main downside of OLED TVs is 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 of time. However, there are ways to prevent it.
Modern OLED TVs offer an impeccable image quality thanks to their infinite contrast, stunning colors, and instantaneous response time speed. Newer models also have excellent input lag performance as well as stellar brightness.
The main thing people are worried about when looking at OLED TVs is screen burn-in and image retention, but as long as you are cautious about how you are using your TV, you shouldn’t worry about it.
Image Retention vs Burn-In
OLED burn-in can occur if you leave your TV playing the same content with static elements for extended periods of time.
This includes logos and banners of TV channels and news, but also HUD elements in video games such as mini-maps, health bars, scoreboards, etc as well as if you pause the game for too long.
If you notice that your TV 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 actually got image retention, not burn-in.
Basically, screen burn-in is permanent image retention.
How To Prevent Image Retention And Burn-In?
If burn-in has already affected your OLED TV, then there isn’t much you can do about it; burn-in isn’t covered by warranty, so you can only hope that it eventually goes away.
There are plenty of things you can do to prevent burn-in or image retention from happening in the first place though.
Modern OLED TVs come with many helpful features. Besides screensavers, you will find ‘Pixel/Screen Shift’ feature which moves the image around the screen to lessen the risk of screen burn-in/retention.
Additionally, a feature called ‘Pixel/Panel Refresher’ eliminates image retention when used, though the process can take up to an hour. Some models have the option to automatically run this feature after a certain time.
Finally, you should avoid using maximum settings for backlight, brightness, and contrast. Since OLEDs dim over time, lowering these settings can also extend the TV’s lifespan.
As long as you aren’t constantly watching the same content over and over for long periods of time and you regularly run the Pixel Refresher, there’s nothing to worry about concerning image retention and burn-in.
If you mostly have your TV on just for the background noise, you should consider getting an LCD TV instead; or at least remember to change the channel on your OLED TV every now and then.
Joseph has probably spent thousands of hours learning about displays in his free time and prior work experience at HP. He now writes and manages DisplayNinja to ensure it stays as the people’s favorite resource.