05-27-2010 12:23 PM
Thats a photo of my T61p WUXGA screen in a totally dark room. The brightness is set to max (and in the bios) so this is the absolute max brightness the backlight can do. The image on the screen is a totally black image (0,0,0) and no color correction/management is being applied. I took this photo as dead on as I could. As you can see, there is a lot of light bleed/non-uniformity at the bottom and to a lesser extent on some of the corners. This T61p is only 2 weeks old (refurbished) and still under warranty. I will be primarily using this laptop for image and video editing so image quality and uniformity is my utmost priority. So with that in mind, does my display seem like its still within spec or should I request service for the screen? Also, post calibration (Spyder 3 Elite, software v.4, 6500k) the white point brightness at max backlight is ~86 cd/m2. Thats a bit lower than what I'm used to working with. Does anyone know if thats also out of spec?
05-29-2010 06:09 PM
There are some extraordinary external monitors out there for $300 and much less. Hook it up to the VGA port on the left side of your machine.
You can also use this as an "Extended screen". Keep your editting software on the T61p and your photos on the new monitor!
05-29-2010 06:37 PM
Thats kind of defeating the purpose of a laptop. I've already got the mini dock with DVI and I have a few high end monitors at home but it doesn't make me feel any better about the screen attached to my laptop.
05-29-2010 07:37 PM
Generally speaking, WUXGA LCDs used on T61p (and on W500 later on) leave a lot to be desired in most cases, at least in my opinion.
You may want to try and locate a LG LCD for your machine, since they're more acceptable than the Samsung ones (and given the description, I suspect yours is a Samsung) but it won't make a tremendous difference.
For really high-quality picture you can either revert to T60/p with an IPS screen, or W700 if you need the horsepower of a modern CPU/GPU.
06-02-2010 08:10 AM
Actually, according to this:
If my Samsung display is a LTN154U2-L05, then the brightness is totally off-spec. About half of what the manufacturer says it should be.