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Blade 16 Mini-LED good for photography and photo editing?

  • 31 March 2023
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I am thinking of getting the 4K 16” Blade with the mini-led.  I’ve read that mini-leds are not very good for color critical work or photo editing.  First off you have the blooming effect and secondly the mini-led panel will make certain parts of the images much darker or lighter than when shown on a standard screen.  

I’d like to get some feedback from Razer and/or others on this topic.  Is the 16” a good display for photo editing or do I need to look for a standard IPS display?   Thanks guys!


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While mini-LED technology has some advantages over traditional LCD displays, such as improved contrast and brightness, it does have some limitations when it comes to color accuracy and photo editing. The blooming effect you mentioned can be an issue with mini-LED displays, as they have a higher number of dimming zones than traditional LCDs, which can cause some areas of an image to appear brighter than others.

In general, if you're looking for a display that's specifically optimized for photo editing and color-critical work, an IPS panel may be a better choice. IPS displays are known for their accurate color reproduction and wide viewing angles, which are both important for tasks like photo editing.

While mini-LED displays are known to have some drawbacks like blooming and inconsistent brightness levels, the 16" Blade's 4K mini-LED display has been well-received by many users for its color accuracy and overall picture quality. That being said, if color-critical work or photo editing is your primary concern, it might be a good idea to look into other displays that are specifically designed for such tasks.

In general, IPS displays are known to offer better color accuracy and consistency than mini-LED displays. There are many options available on the market that cater to photo and video editing professionals, so it's worth doing some research and comparing different displays before making a final decision. Additionally, you might want to consider getting a color calibration tool to ensure the accuracy of the colors on your display.

I hope this helps! Let me know if you have any further questions.

Thanks guys for the feedback.  To be clear I am not doing professional level preprint to press work.  I am just a digital photography enthusiast.  I could switch to the 18” model but I like the form factor of the 16” and I hate IPS screen bleed.  

 

I think I found some information that might make the 16” model a dealbreaker for many creatives.  Apparently, there is no native SRGB mode or an SRGB option available on the monitor.  See the following review starting at 3.25:
 

Not the fastest, yet still impressive! - Razer Blade 16 Nvidia RTX 4090 Review - YouTube

If I am understanding correctly the mini-led panel runs in kP3 natively.  I assume this would make accurate SRGB work difficult.  I believe some screen software and browsers would appear oversaturated.  In the review the urge Razer to release an SRGB profile.  I assume creating a SRGB profile via Xrite would not work because you can’t natively limit the colors?  

Thanks again.  Keep the feedback coming.  

I mean “P3 color space”, not “K3”.  Typo.

As much as it pains me to say don’t do it. I returned my 16 4090 just for that reason… it was unusable for professional graphic design due to 50% less dimming zone in comparison to Mac. 
 

18 is excellent if you can get a low backlight bleed unit. 

As much as it pains me to say don’t do it. I returned my 16 4090 just for that reason… it was unusable for professional graphic design due to 50% less dimming zone in comparison to Mac. 
 

18 is excellent if you can get a low backlight bleed unit. 

 

I owned it and returned it as well.  I didn’t really notice the issue with dimming zones.  There was, however, a shadow on all edges with a light or white background.  Apparently, this is an issue with the Macs as well.  I also really did not like the trackpad and horrible sunk-in keyboard.

What are you going to end up buying?  I want something that has a good GPU and can do photography/design work.  

I ended up with Legion 7i pro 4090

and 4080. (I need two for work) I got them for 2299 and 2799 and imho can’t be beat for the price I could buy both for one Razer lol

From what I've seen, mini-LED displays can be a bit iffy for color-critical tasks like photo editing. While they do offer some impressive contrast and colors, they can sometimes struggle with issues like blooming and uneven brightness across the screen.

If your main focus is on photo editing, you might want to lean towards a laptop with a standard IPS display. They tend to be more reliable in terms of color accuracy and consistent brightness, which is super important when you're tweaking those tones in your photos.

Of course, if you're also into gaming or other activities where the Blade 16 shines, it could still be a solid choice. Maybe try to check out some hands-on reviews or swing by a store to see it in action before making your decision.

Hope that helps you out, and good luck with your laptop search!

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