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
Getac S410 i7 958.00 13.8 x 11.5 x 1.4 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $3,830
Apple MacBook Pro 2016 495.00 11.97 x 8.36 x 0.58 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,399
Amazon
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
13-inch Apple MacBook Pro (2016) 452.00 n/a 3.5
out of 5
From $1,799
Apple iTunes
15-inch Apple MacBook Pro 2016 440.00 13.75 x 9.48 x 0.61 inches 4.5
out of 5
From $2,399
Apple iTunes
Acer Switch Alpha 12 431.60 11.5 x 7.9 x .6 inches (with keyboard) 3.5
out of 5
From $599
Amazon
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
Alienware 15 R3 374.00 15.3 x 12 x 1 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,199
Dell Home
Asus Transformer Mini T102HA 372.00 6.7 x 10.2 x 0.5 inches 3
out of 5
From $399
Amazon
Huawei MateBook 367.00 10.9 x 7.64 x 3.99 x 0.27 2.5
out of 5
From $1,128
HP ProBook 650 G2 355.00 14.88 x 10.11 x 1.07 in 3
out of 5
From $759
Amazon
Lenovo ThinkPad P50s 346.80 14.98 x 10.17 x 0.88 inches 4
out of 5
From $998
Lenovo
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
Lenovo Yoga 900S 320.00 n/a 4
out of 5
From $1,049
Lenovo
HP Spectre 320.00 12.8 x 9.03 x 0.41-inches 3.5
out of 5
From $969
HP
Asus ZenBook UX306UA 320.00 12.76 x 8.89 x 0.54 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $1,035
Amazon
MSI GT72 Dominator (Xotic PC) 319.00 16.9 x 11.6 x 1.9 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,669
Amazon
Acer Swift 7 319.00 12.8 x 9 x 0.39 inches 3
out of 5
From $1,099
Amazon
Acer Predator 17 X (2017) 318.00 16.7 x 12.7 x 1.8 inches 4
out of 5
From $2,999
Amazon
HP Spectre x360 13-inch (2016) 318.00 12.03 x 8.58 x 0.54-inches 4.5
out of 5
From $1,049
HP
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
Dell inspiron 17-7000 2-in-1 (2016) 313.00 16.24 x 10.93 x 0.89 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $899
Dell Home
Razer Blade (2016) 310.00 13.6 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,899
Amazon
Acer Aspire R 15 310.00 14.59 x 10.09 x 0.79 4
out of 5
From $549
Best Buy
Asus Zenbook 3 309.00 11.65 x 7.3 x 0.47 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $1,099
Amazon
Lenovo Yoga 710 (11-inch) 309.00 11.07 x 7.67 x 0.59 inches 4
out of 5
From $549
Lenovo
Aorus X5S v5 308.00 15.4 x 10.7 x 0.9 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $2,199
Newegg
Lenovo Miix 510 307.40 11.8 x 8.1 x 0.6 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $599
Lenovo
Lenovo IdeaPad Y900 306.00 16.7 x 12.4 x 1.4 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $2,426
Lenovo
MSI WT72 6QN 305.00 16.85 x 11.57 x 1.89 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $4,999
Newegg
Razer Blade Pro (2016) 304.00 16.7 x 11 x 0.88 inches 4.5
out of 5
From $3,699
MSI GT62VR 6RE 301.00 15.4 x 10.5 x 1.6 inches 4.5
out of 5
From $1,999
Newegg
MSI GE62VR 6RF Apache Pro (Xotic PC) 301.00 15.07 x 10.23 (W) x 1.06 3
out of 5
From $1,599
Newegg
Asus Strix 300.00 15.4 x 10.5 x 0.9 inches 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.