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
Apple MacBook Pro 2016 495.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $1,479
Amazon
Asus ROG G752VS OC Edition (2017) 476.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $2,499
Best Buy
15-inch Apple MacBook Pro 460.00 n/a 4.5
out of 5
From $2,249
Amazon
Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch 2016 460.00 n/a 4.5
out of 5
From $2,399
Apple iTunes
13-inch Apple MacBook Pro (2016) 458.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $1,698
Amazon
Apple MacBook Pro (13-inch, 2016) 452.00 n/a 3.5
out of 5
From $1,799
Apple iTunes
Porsche Design Book One 450.00 n/a 3.5
out of 5
From $2,495
Amazon
Google Pixelbook 421.40 n/a 3.5
out of 5
From $999
Amazon
Microsoft Surface Pro 396.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $799
Microsoft Store
Huawei MateBook X 376.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $1,099
Newegg
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet 376.00 n/a 3.5
out of 5
From $1,159
Lenovo
Surface Book with Performance Base 376.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $2,399
Microsoft Store
Samsung Chromebook Pro and Plus 376.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $449
Best Buy
Alienware 15 R3 374.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $1,199
Dell Home
Acer Predator Helios 300 (17-inch) 373.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $1,279
Newegg
Asus Transformer Mini T102HA 372.00 n/a 3
out of 5
From $399
Amazon
Dell XPS 13 368.00 n/a 4.5
out of 5
From $930
Dell Home
HP Spectre x2 365.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $1,149
HP
Dell Precision 7520 365.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $1,199
Dell Home
Lenovo Legion Y920 362.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $2,099
Lenovo
Lenovo Miix 720 361.00 n/a 3.5
out of 5
From $1,029
Lenovo
Microsoft Surface Laptop 361.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $1,299
Microsoft Store
Acer Switch 3 348.00 n/a 2
out of 5
From $449
Acer
Lenovo ThinkPad P50s 346.80 n/a 4
out of 5
From $998
Lenovo
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S Plus 346.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $1,149
Lenovo
Toshiba Protege X20W 345.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $1,385
Amazon
Lenovo Yoga Book (Windows) 343.00 n/a 3
out of 5
From $549
Lenovo
Samsung Galaxy Book (12-inch) 342.00 n/a 3.5
out of 5
From $1,197
Amazon
Alienware 17 340.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $1,299
Dell Home
Apple MacBook Air (13-inch 2017) 336.00 n/a 3.5
out of 5
From $844
Amazon
Origin EON 17 SLX (late 2016) 335.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $2,124
Amazon
Dell Precision 5520 335.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $1,399
Dell Small Business
Razer Blade Stealth 335.00 n/a 3.5
out of 5
From $1,399
Amazon
Razer Blade Stealth (February 2017) 335.00 n/a 3.5
out of 5
From $1,399
Amazon
Acer Predator 21 X 332.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $8,999
Newegg
Samsung Notebook 9 (13-inch, 2017) 330.00 n/a 3
out of 5
From $999
Samsung
Gigabyte Aero 15 324.20 n/a 3.5
out of 5
From $1,899
Amazon
Lenovo Yoga 710 (15-inch) 322.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $949
Lenovo
HP Spectre 320.00 n/a 3.5
out of 5
From $1,299
HP
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 370 320.00 n/a 3.5
out of 5
From $1,689
Lenovo
Razer Blade Pro (2017) 320.00 n/a 4.5
out of 5
From $3,999
Best Buy
Acer Swift 7 319.00 n/a 3
out of 5
From $1,099
Amazon
Acer Predator 17 X (2017) 318.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $2,999
Amazon
HP Spectre x360 13-inch (2016) 318.00 n/a 4.5
out of 5
From $1,341
Amazon
Dell Precision 7720 317.20 n/a 3.5
out of 5
From $1,599
Dell Home
HP ZBook 14u G4 315.00 n/a 3.5
out of 5
From $999
HP
Gigabyte 57Xv7 314.00 n/a 3.5
out of 5
From $1,799
Newegg
Dell XPS 13 2-in-1 314.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $999
Dell Home
HP Spectre x360 (15-inch) 313.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $1,149
HP
HP Omen 15 (late 2017) 313.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $909
HP
Razer Blade (2016) 310.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $1,899
Amazon
Asus Zenbook 3 309.00 n/a 3.5
out of 5
From $1,099
Amazon
Dell Latitude 7389 2-in-1 308.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $1,149
Dell Home
Lenovo Miix 510 307.40 n/a 3.5
out of 5
From $599
Lenovo
HP Zbook 15 G4 305.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $1,429
HP
Lenovo IdeaPad 720S 305.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $949
Lenovo
Dell XPS 13 (2016) 302.00 n/a 4.5
out of 5
From $799
Dell Home
Asus ZenBook UX330UA 302.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $749
Amazon
MSI GE62VR 6RF Apache Pro (Xotic PC) 301.00 n/a 3
out of 5
From $1,599
Newegg
HP ZBook Studio G4 300.60 n/a 4
out of 5
From $3,510
HP
HP Omen 17 300.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $1,899
HP
Asus Strix 300.00 n/a 3.5
out of 5
From $1,699
Amazon

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.