The best OLED laptops for 2021
Organic LED (OLED) screens deliver outstanding image quality, brightness, and contrast by using organic compounds to emit visible light. These displays are light and thin and allow for extremely wide and accurate colors, incredible brightness, and the contrast ratios available. OLED technology has been around for a few years and has rapidly taken over the TV market.
You can find these screens on laptops, too, making for an interesting choice if you want stunning visuals on the go. Here, we selected some of the best OLED laptops with outstanding displays now on the market. The Dell XPS 15 tops the list because of its display of bright, bold colors, but it’s not the only great option. If display quality is indeed important, one of these laptops should be ideal.
Since OLED laptops can be a little pricey, you may also want to look for discount periods like Amazon Prime Day when you can find significant deals.
The best OLED laptops at a glance
Dell XPS 15 (2020)
Why you should pick this: The XPS 15 is already an awesome laptop, but the OLED display takes it to a whole new level.
Who’s it for: Video editors, photographers, and content creators.
Why we picked the Dell XPS 15:
The Dell XPS 15 has been our favorite 15-inch laptop for quite some time, and it might be our top favorite laptop if it wasn’t eclipsed by its slightly more portable and attractive cousin, the XPS 13. The latest version of this laptop upgrades everything, 16:10 screen included. You have options now for up to an Intel eight-core, 11th-generation Core-i9, up to 32GB of memory, and up to 1TB of PCIe NVMe solid-state storage. There’s also an optional Nvidia GeForce RTX 3050 Ti graphics chip for impressive midrange gaming capabilities.
But the screen is why we’re here. The 4K OLED panel is simply stunning. Made by Samsung, it’s a gorgeous display with fantastic contrast and bright, popping colors. Most importantly, the Dell XPS 15 features excellent color accuracy, which some of the other options on this list lack. That makes it a great option for photographers and video editors.
The 4K OLED screen is no more expensive than the LED 4K option offered by Dell, though it does lose the touch functionality. However, the battery life on the Dell XPS 15 may be worse with the OLED option.
ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3
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Why you should pick this: It’s a gorgeous machine for work and play, with the typical ThinkPad build quality and understated aesthetics.
Who’s it for: Workers who like to play during the off-hours.
Why we picked the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3:
Laptops based on Lenovo’s iconic ThinkPad brand typically lack the features and look of your average gaming system, but they give just about every laptop a run for their money on the hardware front. The latest ThinkPad X1 Extreme is no different, with monstrous component options like a 10th-gen Intel Core i7 CPU (easily upgradeable to i9 chips), a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1650 Ti graphics chip, options from 8GB to 64GB of RAM, and up to 1TB of storage.
The OLED panel has 4K resolution, along with fantastic brightness and contrast. Lenovo also did a great job of implementing Dolby Vision high dynamic range (HDR) for awesome Netflix bingeing.
Overall, the ThinkPad X1 Extreme Gen 3 doesn’t look much different from its predecessors in appearance. It’s understated, functional, and sturdy. It’s likely the most durable OLED laptop on the market, but we’d still caution against long usage at full brightness to avoid any potential burn-in problems.
HP Spectre x360 14
Why you should pick this: It offers everything you want in an OLED laptop but with a fully functioning tablet mode, too.
Who’s it for: Those who want OLED brilliance in a laptop and tablet — in one device.
Why we picked the HP Spectre x360 14:
If you want a more compact laptop without sacrificing the best screen quality possible, the HP Spectre x360 14 is the laptop for you. It equips an 11th-gen Intel Core processor starting with the four-core i5-1135G7, 8GB of memory, and 256GB of SSD storage. It can be configured with up to a Core i7-1165G7, 16GB of RAM, and a 2TB SSD.
The 13.5-inch OLED screen is in the taller productivity-friendly 3:2 aspect ratio, offering a 3,000 x 2,000 resolution and the typical OLED infinite contrast. The excellent keyboard is backlit, and (as HP does often) there’s an included fingerprint reader and infrared camera for easy biometric security.
This 2-in-1 ships with its own stylus for sketching, though the touchscreen is easy to use however you prefer. The HP Spectre x360 14 ports include two updated Thunderbolt 4/USB-C with USB 4 connections, DisplayPort 1.4, USB-A, and more. It’s also Wi-Fi 6 ready! Just make sure you get the AMOLED version of the laptop when you purchase.
Razer Blade 15 (2021)
Why you should pick this: Not only is it a stunning laptop, but the highly-fluid graphics are even more breathtaking.
Who’s it for: Gamers to its core.
Why we picked the Razer Blade 15 (2021): The Razer Blade 15 has a long-standing spot at the top of our list, and with continued advancements, we still consider it our favorite gaming notebook to date. A continuously smaller framework exemplifies these improvements.
This Razer Blade 15’s 2021 model features — in addition to the spacious UHD OLED display — a powerful eight-core Intel 10th-gen i7-10875H processor, a GeForce RTX 3080 GPU, and 32GB of RAM, enough to tackle more demanding games. And, of course, that OLED screen will be excellent for color, contrast, and clarity no matter what game you’re playing; it’s also great for movies and video editing.
The Razer Blade 15 (2021) also includes Razer’s RGB lighting and Chroma software for managing it. The laptop is Wi-Fi 6 ready and includes 1TB of local SSD storage. Ports include Thunderbolt 3/USB-C, HDMI, and USB-A 3.0.
Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED
Why you should pick this: This sturdy computer combines virtues from several laptop genres.
Who’s it for: Busy professionals who need a bit of both worlds for laptop performance.
Why we picked the Gigabyte Aero 15 OLED:
For this laptop, Gigabyte treads carefully between a highly portable design and a powerhouse for visual professionals. The result is something in between, a versatile 15-inch laptop with a durable design under five pounds and Samsung’s UHD AMOLED display (with 100% coverage of the DCI-P3) for top-notch quality when working on projects — or playing games during the off hours.
Inside, you’ll find a 9th-gen Intel Core i7-9750H processor, not quite the newest chip available but enough to get the job done, along with a dedicated GeForce GTX 1660 Ti GPU, which is helpful when it comes to video editing and playback. There’s also 16GB of RAM for better multitasking, and a 512GB NVMe PCIe SSD for storage.
The Aero 15 OLED also includes HDMI, Mini-DisplayPort, and Thunderbolt 3/USB-C ports for a variety of connections or video output if necessary, along with an SD card reader. Wi-Fi 6 is also supported, helping buyers get the most out of their wireless internet connection. And if multitasking gets intense, the dual cooling systems will help keep things cool.
Asus ZenBook Flip S OLED
Why you should pick this: This 2-in-1 comes with impressive power and storage for its size.
Who’s it for: Professionals who work a lot on their feet and need a laptop that can keep up.
Why we picked the Asus ZenBook Flip S OLED:
The ZenBook Flip S manages to combine 2-in-1 portability and tablet functions with a truly excellent touchscreen display, both 4K and OLED for maximum visual or color detail when you need it the most. That makes this laptop a quick recommendation for artists, designers, and others who do a lot of their jobs on their feet or like to make quick sketches and edits in tablet mode as they work.
Internal specs also impress with this updated model, which includes a potent 11th-gen quad-core Intel i7-1165G7 processor and 16GB of RAM. The spacious 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD is useful for internal storage, while the battery handles all this and is still rated for up to 15 hours, enough for a good work day.
We also were pleased to see the flexible ZenBook Flip S comes with all the latest port options, including Thunderbolt 4/UBS-C, USB-A 3.2, and HDMI 2. Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth 5.0 are also supported. Oh, and you don’t need to worry about a stylus — the laptop comes with the Asus Pen and Windows Ink to help you get started.
Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX582
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Why you should pick this: The secondary display on this laptop is great for multitasking, and the OLED display is used to great effect.
Who’s it for: Artists, designers, and mulitaskers.
Why we picked the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX582:
It’s hard to miss the large second screen on the base of the 15-inch Pro Duo, called “ScreenPad Plus.” Yes, it does take away some space for the compact keyboard, but it adds a second screen that you can drag apps into, essentially turning into a second display that you can use to multitask, refer back to information, or compare things like color and contrast. It’s not quite Apple’s iPad Sidecar technology, but it’s still very designer-friendly and opens up plenty of new possibilities for this ZenBook.
In addition to the top-shelf UHD OLED display, the laptop offers a 10th-gen Intel Core i9-10980HK processor that pairs well with the discrete GeForce RTX 3070 GPU. It also includes 32GB of RAM, and a 1TB PCIe NVMe SSD for your storage needs. The laptop is bundled with a detachable palm rest for longer sessions and an Asus stylus for the touchscreen, so you’re ready to get to work right out of the box!
While the Asus ZenBook Pro Duo UX582 may fill a niche need, it does it very well with a portable model that allows for more complex work that you couldn’t have otherwise tackled on a laptop — and a display that’s as good for design as it is for entertainment.