Laptop Mag Benchmarks Display Brightness

Laptops with the Brightest Screens

Just about any laptop is bright enough to use in a dark room, but what about when you're sitting near a window or even outdoors on a sunny day? We measure the corners and middle of each notebook screen with our light meter and then take the average, which is presented in nits. A score of 300 nits or higher on a laptop screen is really bright.

Product Display Brightness (Nits) Size (in Inches) Rating Starting Price
Asus ROG G752VS OC Edition (2017) 476.00 16.4 x 12.7 x 1.9-inches 4
out of 5
From $2,499
Best Buy
15-inch Apple MacBook Pro 460 13.75 x 9.48 x 0.61 inches 4.5
out of 5
From $2,399
Apple
13-inch Apple MacBook Pro (2017) 458 12 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,799
Apple
13-inch Apple MacBook Pro (2016) 452.00 n/a 3.5
out of 5
From $1,799
Apple iTunes
Porsche Design Book One 450 12.2 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $2,495
Amazon
Microsoft Surface Pro 396 11.50 x 7.93 x 0.33 inches 4
out of 5
From $799
Microsoft
Huawei MateBook X 376 11.26 x 8.3 x 0.49-inches 4
out of 5
From $1,399
Newegg
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet 376 11.45 x 8.24 x 0.33 without keyboard 3.5
out of 5
From $1,499
Lenovo
Surface Book with Performance Base 376.00 12.30 x 9.14 x 0.51-0.90-inches 4
out of 5
From $2,399
Microsoft Store
Samsung Chromebook Pro and Plus 376.00 11.06 x 8.72 x 0.55 inches 4
out of 5
From $449
Best Buy
Asus Transformer Mini T102HA 372.00 6.7 x 10.2 x 0.5 inches 3
out of 5
From $399
Amazon
HP Spectre X2 365 11.57 x 8.15 x 0.54 inches (with keyboard), 0.31 inches thick without keyboard 4
out of 5
From $1,299
Best Buy
Lenovo Miix 720 361 With keyboard: 11.5 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches Without keyboard: 11.5 x 8.3 x 0.4 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $1,029
Lenovo
Lenovo Legion Y920 362 16.8 x 12.1 x 1.4 inches 4
out of 5
From $2,299
Lenovo
Microsoft Surface Laptop 361 12.1 x 8.8 x 0.57 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,299
Microsoft
Lenovo ThinkPad P50s 346.80 14.98 x 10.17 x 0.88 inches 4
out of 5
From $998
Lenovo
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S Plus 346 12.16 x 8.66 x 0.58 4
out of 5
From $1,199
Lenovo
Toshiba Portege X20W 345 11.8 x 8.6 x 0.61 4
out of 5
From $1,385
Amazon
Samsung Galaxy Book (12-inch) 342 11.5 x 7.9 x 0.3 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $1,129
Amazon
Lenovo Yoga Book (Windows) 343.00 10.1 x 6.7 x 0.38 inches 3
out of 5
From $549
Lenovo
Alienware 17 340.00 16.7 x 13.1 x 1.2 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,299
Dell Home
Dell Latitude E7470 338.00 13.19 x 9.13 x 0.74 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,079
Dell Home
Dell Precision 5520 335.00 14.1 x 9.3 x 0.44 4
out of 5
From $1,399
Dell Small Business
Origin EON 17 SLX (late 2016) 335.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $2,124
Amazon
Razer Blade Stealth 335.00 n/a 3.5
out of 5
From $1,399
Amazon
Acer Aspire S13 327.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $749
Amazon
Lenovo Ideapad 710S 326.00 12.09 x 8.42 x 0.55 inches 4
out of 5
From $799
Lenovo
Asus G752VS 326.00 16.4 x 12.7 x 0.8 -- 1.5-inches 4
out of 5
From $2,199
Amazon
Lenovo Yoga 710 (15-inch) 322.00 14.13 x 9.57 x 0.71 inches 4
out of 5
From $949
Lenovo
Gigabyte P55W v6-PC3D 321.00 14.9 x 10.6 x 1.1~1.3-inch 3
out of 5
From $1,599
Asus ZenBook UX306UA 320.00 12.76 x 8.89 x 0.54 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $1,035
Amazon
HP Spectre 320.00 12.8 x 9.03 x 0.41-inches 3.5
out of 5
From $969
HP
Razer Blade Pro (2017) 320 16.7 x 11 x 0.88 inches 4.5
out of 5
From $3,999
Best Buy
Acer Predator 17 X (2017) 318.00 16.7 x 12.7 x 1.8 inches 4
out of 5
From $2,999
Amazon
Dell Precision 7720 317 16.4 x 11.1 x 1.4 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $1,599
Dell
HP Elite x2 315.40 11.8 x 8.4 x 0.3 inches (tablet) 11.8 x 8.4 x 0.5 inches (tablet w/ travel keyboard) 3.5
out of 5
From $522
Amazon
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 314.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $979
Dell Home
Gigabyte 57v7 314 16.7 x 11.4 x 1.1 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $1,799
Newegg
Asus Zenbook 3 309.00 11.65 x 7.3 x 0.47 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $1,099
Amazon
HP Zbook 15 G4 305 15.2 x 10.4 x 1.0 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,429
HP
HP ZBook Studio G4 301 14.8 x 10 x 0.7 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,938
HP

Other Benchmarks

  • Highest Resolution Screens - Screen resolutions that are higher than 1920 x 1080 (1080p).
  • Weight - Laptops that weigh 3.5 pounds or less.
  • Battery Life - Machines that lasted over 9 hours on our test.
  • Graphics Performance - Systems that achieved a high score on the 3DMark Fire Strike benchmark.
  • Hard Drive Speed - Reads and writes files the fastest with their hard drives or SSDs.
  • Overall Performance - Strongest scores on Geekbench 4, which measures overall system speed.
  • Productivity Performance - Top processor speed as measured by the Laptop Spreadsheet Macro test.
  • Display Brightness - The most luminous displays have a brightness of 300 nits or higher.
  • Color Gamut - The most vibrant laptop screens can reproduce at least 95 percent of the sRGB color gamut.