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PSA: Check your Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga for light bleed and dead pixels

PSA: Check your Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga for light bleed and dead pixels
PSA: Check your Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga for light bleed and dead pixels
It never feels good to drop a couple thousand dollars on a fancy new business laptop only to find stuck pixels or noticeable backlight bleeding. Even high-end laptops can have panel imperfections that should be discovered sooner rather than later.
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We never expect IPS panels to be perfect all the time. Though they've gotten better over the years, we still occasionally discover uneven light bleeding on laptop displays. Certain models may be more susceptible to the phenomenon than others especially those from the budget category. This latest example, however, is notable because it occurred on one of our flagship $2000 models.

The Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Yoga is the company's premier convertible laptop for businesses. If it sports the ThinkPad name, then it's generally regarded as having higher manufacturing standards than say an IdeaPad alternative. The WQHD unit we checked out last week, however, exhibited moderate backlight bleeding along the edges and corners and even a stuck green pixel as shown by our picture below. It's rare to have any stuck pixels at all these days and so we were taken aback by its presence here.

Thankfully, pixel defects and light bleeding are usually on a unit by unit basis meaning our unlucky experience doesn't signify doom for every unit out there. Lenovo offers four different display options for its ThinkPad X1 Yoga ranging from FHD to 4K UHD and they all offer different levels of contrast and colors. Still, we recommend checking any new purchases for stuck pixels or an abnormal level of light bleeding as soon as possible. Retailers are more likely to refund or exchange units when issues are discovered close to the purchase date.

Backlight bleeding and stuck pixels can be easily identified by displaying an all-black screen with the brightness setting on maximum
Backlight bleeding and stuck pixels can be easily identified by displaying an all-black screen with the brightness setting on maximum

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Allen Ngo, 2020-04-17 (Update: 2020-04-14)
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After graduating with a B.S. in environmental hydrodynamics from the University of California, I studied reactor physics to become licensed by the U.S. NRC to operate nuclear reactors. There's a striking level of appreciation you gain for everyday consumer electronics after working with modern nuclear reactivity systems astonishingly powered by computers from the 80s. When I'm not managing day-to-day activities and US review articles on Notebookcheck, you can catch me following the eSports scene and the latest gaming news.