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
HP Envy 17 209.00 16.4 x 11.1 x 0.92 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $999
HP
Samsung Galaxy Book (12-inch) 205.00 11.5 x 7.9 x 0.3 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $1,197
Amazon
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga 201.00 13.1 x 9 x 0.7 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,649
Lenovo
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (3rd Gen) 200.60 13.1 x 9 x 0.7 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,649
Lenovo
MSI WE72 7RJ 196.00 16.53 x 11.33 x 1.26 4
out of 5
From $1,799
Amazon
Dell XPS 15 (2017) 188.00 14.06 x 9.27 x 0.45-0.66-inches 4
out of 5
From $999
Dell Home
MSI GE73VR 7RF Raider 185.00 16.49 x 11.22 x 1.12 3.5
out of 5
From $1,949
Newegg
Lenovo ThinkPad P71 183.00 16.4 x 10.8 x 1.2 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,259
Lenovo
Acer Predator 17 X (2017) 182.00 16.7 x 12.7 x 1.8 inches 4
out of 5
From $2,999
Amazon
Razer Blade Pro (2017) 178.00 16.7 x 11 x 0.88 inches 4.5
out of 5
From $3,999
Best Buy
HP ZBook x2 178.00 14.35 x 8.94 x .8 in (laptop mode) / 14.35 x 8.94 x .57 in (tablet mode 4
out of 5
From $2,279
HP
HP Omen 17 176.00 16.7 x 12 x 1.3 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,899
HP
HP ZBook Studio G4 174.70 14.8 x 10 x 0.7 inches 4
out of 5
From $3,510
HP
HP Zbook 17 G4 172.50 16.5 x 11.0 x 1.3 inches 4.5
out of 5
From $1,564
HP
Acer Predator 21 X 172.00 22.4 x 12.4 x 3.3 inches 4
out of 5
From $8,999
Newegg
HP Zbook 15 G4 172.00 15.2 x 10.4 x 1.0 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,429
HP
Lenovo ThinkPad P51 172.00 14.86 x 9.93 x 1.02 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,439
Lenovo
MSI GT75VR Titan Pro 170.00 16.9 x 12.4 x 1.2~2.2 inches 4
out of 5
From $2,699
Newegg
MSI GS63VR Stealth Pro (2017) 166.00 14.9 x 9.8 x 0.69 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $2,399
Amazon
MSI GP72VR 7RFX Leopard Pro 165.00 16.45 x 10.60 x 1.53 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $1,299
Amazon
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575-33BM 159.00 10.2 x 15 x 1.2 inches 4
out of 5
From $349
Amazon
Acer Aspire E 15 E5-575G-57D4 158.00 10.2 x 15 x 1.2 inches 4
out of 5
From $579
Amazon
MSI GL62M 7REX 153.00 15.1 x 10.2 x 1.1 inches 3
out of 5
From $949
Newegg
Acer Switch 3 150.00 11.61 x 7.91 x 0.39 (.64 inches) 2
out of 5
From $449
Acer
Dell Latitude 7380 144.00 12 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,199
Dell Home
Lenovo Yoga 720 (13-inch, 8th Gen) 141.00 12.2 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $879
Lenovo
Microsoft Surface Pro 140.00 11.50 x 7.93 x 0.33 inches 4
out of 5
From $799
Microsoft Store
Acer Predator Helios 300 (17-inch) 139.00 17 x 11.4 x 1.1 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,357
Amazon
Huawei MateBook X 136.00 11.26 x 8.3 x 0.49-inches 4
out of 5
From $1,099
Newegg
Microsoft Surface Laptop 135.00 12.1 x 8.8 x 0.57 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,299
Microsoft Store
Porsche Design Book One 135.00 12.2 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $2,495
Amazon
LG Gram 135.00 12.1 x 8.3 x 0.6 inches 2
out of 5
From $1,099
Newegg
Asus Transformer Pro T304UA 133.70 11.77 x 8.30 x 0.34 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $969
Amazon
Lenovo Flex 5 1570 133.00 14.3 x 9.8 x 0.8 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $699
Lenovo
MSI PE60 Prestige 2017 133.00 15.1 x 10.2 x 1.1 inches 3
out of 5
From $1,199
Amazon
Dell Latitude 7390 131.60 12 x 8.2 x 0.7 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $1,199
Dell Small Business
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (15-inch) 131.00 13.5 x 9.87 x 0.90 inches 4
out of 5
From $2,499
Best Buy
ASUS VivoBook Flip 14 131.00 12.9 x 8.9 x 0.8 inches 2.5
out of 5
From $779
B & H Photo
HP Spectre x360 15-inch (2017) 130.00 14.0 x 9.9 x 0.7 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,129
HP
Microsoft Surface Book 2 (13-inch) 130.00 12.3 x 9.14 x 0.90 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,499
Amazon
Lenovo Miix 720 130.00 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
Asus ZenBook Flip S (UX370UA) 130.00 12.3 x 8.6 x 0.4 inches 3
out of 5
From $1,399
Microsoft Store
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon 129.00 12.73 x 8.54 x 0.62 inches 5
out of 5
From $1,519
Lenovo
Acer Spin 1 129.00 11.4 x 7.9 x 0.56 inches 4
out of 5
From $309
Amazon
Asus ZenBook UX430 129.00 12.8 x 8.9 x 0.6 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,052
Amazon
Dell Latitude 5285 2-in-1 127.00 11.5 x x 8.5 x 0.6 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $899
Dell Small Business
Lenovo Yoga 720 127.00 2.2 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $849
Lenovo
15-inch Apple MacBook Pro 126.40 13.75 x 9.48 x 0.61 inches 4.5
out of 5
From $2,249
Amazon
Dell Precision 7720 126.40 16.4 x 11.1 x 1.4 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $1,599
Dell Home
HP EliteBook x360 1020 G2 125.00 11.41 x 8.02 x 0.53 in 4
out of 5
From $1,599
HP
Acer Swift 1 125.00 13.4 x 9.2 x 0.7 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $359
Wal-Mart
Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (2017, TB) 123.00 12 x 8.4 x 0.6 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,698
Amazon
HP Spectre x2 123.00 11.57 x 8.15 x 0.54 inches (with keyboard), 0.31 inches thick without keyboard 4
out of 5
From $1,149
HP
Asus ZenBook Pro UX550VE 122.00 14.4 x 9.9 x 0.7 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,699
B & H Photo
Chuwi LapBook 12.3 122.00 0.6 inches thick 2
out of 5
From $329
Amazon
Lenovo IdeaPad 710S Plus 121.00 12.16 x 8.66 x 0.58 4
out of 5
From $1,149
Lenovo
Toshiba Protege X20W 121.00 11.8 x 8.6 x 0.61 4
out of 5
From $1,385
Amazon
HP Envy x2 (Qualcomm) 121.00 11.5 x 8.3 x 0.3 in, 0.6 inches thick with cover 3.5
out of 5
From $999
HP
Razer Blade Stealth 121.00 12.6 x 8.1 x 0.5 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $1,399
Best Buy
Samsung Notebook 9 Pen 121.00 12.2 x 8.1 x 0.7 inches 2.5
out of 5
From $1,399
Samsung
Lenovo Legion Y920 119.40 16.8 x 12.1 x 1.4 inches 4
out of 5
From $2,099
Lenovo
Asus ZenBook 13 UX331UN 119.00 12.2 x 8.5 x 0.5 inches 4
out of 5
From $999
Amazon
Asus ROG Strix GL702ZC 119.00 16.3 x 11 x 1.3 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $1,499
ASUS
Dell Latitude 7390 2-in-1 119.00 12 x 8.3 x 0.8 inches inches 3.5
out of 5
From $1,149
Dell Home
Asus NovaGo TP370QL 119.00 12.4 x 8.7 x 0.59 inches 2.5
out of 5
From $599
ASUS
Samsung Chromebook Pro and Plus 118.00 11.06 x 8.72 x 0.55 inches 4
out of 5
From $449
Best Buy
HP ZBook 14u G4 118.00 13.3 x 9.3 x 0.87 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $999
HP
Lenovo ThinkPad T470s 118.00 13 x 8.9 x 0.7 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $1,124
Lenovo
Samsung Notebook 9 (13-inch, 2017) 118.00 12.18 x 8.19 x 0.55 3
out of 5
From $999
Samsung
Acer Aspire V17 Nitro Black Edition 117.80 16.7 x 11.7 x 1.1 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,294
Amazon
Dell XPS 13 9370 (2018) 117.00 11.98 x 7.88 x 0.46 inches 4.5
out of 5
From $999
Dell Home
Google Pixelbook 116.90 n/a 3.5
out of 5
From $999
Amazon
Lenovo ThinkPad X280 116.80 12.1 x 8.3 x 0.7 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $1,179
Lenovo
Dell Latitude 7389 2-in-1 116.00 12 x 8.26 x 0.7 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,149
Dell Home
Acer Predator Triton 700 116.00 15.5 x 10.5 x 0.7 inches 3
out of 5
From $2,999
Acer
Dell Latitude 7212 Rugged Extreme Tablet 115.00 12.3 x 8 x 1.1 inches as tablet - 12.3 x 8.6 x 1.7 inches thick with kickstand and keyboard 4
out of 5
From $1,899
Dell Home
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Tablet 115.00 11.45 x 8.24 x 0.33 without keyboard 3.5
out of 5
From $1,159
Lenovo
Asus VivoBook Pro 115.00 15 x 10.1 x 0.8 inches 3
out of 5
From $1,259
Amazon
Asus ZenBook Flip 14 114.70 12.9 x 8.9 x 0.5 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,299
Amazon
Lenovo Yoga 720 (15-inch) 114.00 14.3 x 9.5 x 0.75 inches 4.5
out of 5
From $1,099
Lenovo
Alienware 15 R3 114.00 15.3 x 12 x 1 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,199
Dell Home
Asus ROG Zephyrus 114.00 14.9 x 10.3 x 0.66 inches 4
out of 5
From $2,699
Amazon
HP Omen 15 (late 2017) 114.00 15.3 x 10.85 x 0.98 inches 4
out of 5
From $909
HP
Razer Blade (2016) 114.00 13.6 x 9.3 x 0.7 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,899
Amazon
Dell Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 114.00 16.24 x 10.93 x 0.87 inches 3
out of 5
From $999
Dell Home
Alienware 17 113.00 16.7 x 13.1 x 1.2 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,299
Dell Home
Asus ROG G701V1 (2017) 113.00 16.9 x 12.2 x 1.3 inches 4
out of 5
From $2,999
Newegg
Dell Precision 5520 113.00 14.1 x 9.3 x 0.44 4
out of 5
From $1,399
Dell Small Business
HP Spectre x360 15-inch (Early 2017) 113.00 14 x 8.88 x 0.7 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,279
HP
Asus ROG Strix GL503 113.00 15.1 x 10.3 x 0.9 inches 3
out of 5
From $1,099
Amazon
Dell XPS 13 9360 112.00 11.98 x 7.88 x 0.6 inches 4.5
out of 5
From $799
Dell Home
Acer Predator 17x (2016) 112.00 16.65 x 12.66 x 1.77 inches 4
out of 5
From $2,799
Amazon
Asus ROG G752VS OC Edition (2017) 112.00 16.4 x 12.7 x 1.9-inches 4
out of 5
From $2,499
Best Buy
Gigabyte Aero 15X 112.00 14 x 9.8 x 0.8 inches 4
out of 5
From $2,199
Newegg
HP EliteBook 1040 G4 112.00 13 x 9.2 x 0.6 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,379
HP
Dell Inspiron 17 7000 2-in-1 (7th Gen Core) 112.00 16.2 x 10.9 x 0.9 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $899
Dell Home
Gigabyte 57Xv7 111.60 16.7 x 11.4 x 1.1 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $1,799
Newegg
Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 370 111.00 12.3 x 8.75 x 0.7 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $1,689
Lenovo
HP Envy 17 (February 2017) 111.00 16.38 x 11.16 x 1 inches 3
out of 5
From $729
HP
HP Spectre 13 (2017) 111.00 12.03 x 8.83 x 0.41 inches 3
out of 5
From $1,299
HP
Dell Inspiron 13 7000 2-in-1 110.00 12.19 x 8.5 x 0.61 inches 3
out of 5
From $699
Dell Home
Asus Zenbook 3 Deluxe UX490UA 109.90 13.0 x 8.4 x 0.5 3.5
out of 5
From $1,699
Amazon
HP Elitebook x360 G2 109.00 12.48 x 8.6 x 0.59 in 4.5
out of 5
From $1,895
B & H Photo
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga (2nd Gen) 109.00 13.1 x 9.0 x 0.67 inches 4.5
out of 5
From $1,794
Lenovo
HP Spectre x360 (13-inch) 109.00 12 x 8.6 x 0.5 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,149
HP
MSI WT73VR 7RM 108.00 16.9 x 11.3 x 1.9 inches 4
out of 5
From $4,599
B & H Photo
Samsung Notebook 9 Pro (15-inch) 107.00 14.72 x 9.83 x 0.70 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,299
Best Buy
Gigabyte Aero 15 106.40 14 x 9.8 x 0.78 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $1,899
Amazon
Asus ZenBook UX330UA (early 2017) 106.00 12.7 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches 4
out of 5
From $699
Amazon
HP Envy 13t 106.00 12.85 x 8.9 x 0.51 inches 4
out of 5
From $849
HP
HP Spectre 106.00 12.8 x 9.03 x 0.41-inches 3.5
out of 5
From $1,299
HP
Lenovo Yoga 920 105.00 12.72 x 8.8 x 0.55 inches 4.5
out of 5
From $1,299
Lenovo
Asus ZenBook UX330UA 105.00 12.7 x 8.7 x 0.5 inches 4
out of 5
From $711
Amazon
Lenovo IdeaPad 720S 105.00 12.6 x 8.8 x 0.6 inches 4
out of 5
From $949
Lenovo
Acer Nitro 5 Spin 105.00 15 x 10.2 x 0.7 inches 3.5
out of 5
From $899
Newegg
Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (5th gen) 104.00 12.7 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches 4
out of 5
From $1,538
Lenovo
AsusPro B9440 103.00 12.7 x 8.5 x 0.6 inches 3
out of 5
From $999
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.