Mini LED vs OLED: What’s the Difference?
Is there a superior display?

   2023/08/07  |  MMDInnovationHub

Display manufacturers are implementing some key display technologies to boost users’ experience to incredible levels for a true-to-life, all-around viewing experience. Spreading around the monitor community like buzzwords, we will review Mini LED and OLED in this article and do our best to explain the main differences between these two display technology titans.


Before diving into comparing and contrasting OLED and Mini LED, let's start with the definitions: MiniLED technology works by emitting light through thousands of smaller mini LEDs while OLED panels consist of pixels made from Organic Light Emitting Diodes (OLED) instead of a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD).

Are Mini LED monitors better than OLED?

The question of whether Mini LED monitors are better than OLED is more a question of preference than it is pure specs.

MiniLED OLED difference

One of the main advantages of OLED is that the panel is slimmer than Mini LED, which leads to a smoother and more aesthetically pleasing design; the culprit of this chic design is due to the lack of backlighting needed.

In addition, OLED monitors, as we will mention below, have infinite contrast levels, so the picture experience on an OLED monitor is excellent. A major advantage of Mini LED monitors, however, is their brightness capabilities.

So, which technology is better? The answer to this is that it depends on many factors and it's best to choose based on which is best suited to the monitor's use.

If you would like to decide for yourself regarding which display technology is better, we have two products for you to compare. You can check out the Philips 27B1U7903 (4K UHD mini LED) product page here and the Philips 27E1N89 (4K OLED) product page here.

One of the key specs to look at when comparing the Philips 27B1U7903 and the Philips 27E1N89 is the resolution. For the Philips 27B1U7903 mini LED monitor, the resolution is 3840 x 2160 pixels while the Philips 27E1N89 (4K OLED) monitor can reach the same resolution. In contrast, if you were to choose between the two, however, the peak brightness is quite different between the two monitors. For the Philips 27E1N89, the brightness can reach up to 540 cd/m² while the Philips 27B1U7903 monitor brightness can reach up to 1400 cd/m².

Mini LED vs OLED: Viewing angles

When comparing viewing angles, OLED displays offer a more consistent color performance than their mini LED counterparts, but the performance of viewing angles does not really depend on the type of backlighting (or lack thereof). Instead, it mainly depends on the type of panel in use. So, when comparing Mini LED and OLED displays, viewing angles are only relevant for panel types.

Unlike standard TN panels, IPS panels use advanced technology that gives extra-wide viewing angles of 178/178 degrees, which allows users to see the screen at almost any angle. Therefore, our suggestion is to purchase an OLED or an IPS panel for the optimum viewing experience.

MiniLED Quantum Dot

Mini LED vs OLED: Contrast

It is hard to pick a clear winner when discussing contrast in OLED and Mini LED displays as it comes down to user needs and preferences: Would you prefer an infinite contrast ratio or high brightness? Let’s explore.

Due to the innate nature of its self-emitting pixels, OLED displays are capable of an infinite contrast ratio…which has yet to be seen in any other display technology. Although OLED has a lower average brightness than Mini LED, it can produce amazing color contrast on screen.

For Mini LED displays, backlighting improves control of lighting and contrast ratio. The small size of the Mini LEDs forming the backlight allows for the creation of thousands of individually controlled zones delivering deeper blacks and brighter whites. Mini LED, compared to OLED, glow brighter and can output up to 4000 nits.

Mini LED vs OLED: Pricing

When discussing pricing between Mini LED and OLED displays, there is much to consider as the price itself also includes the other specs that are just as important for a fully functioning and modern monitor. Overall, mini LED and OLED monitors compete well in pricing, contrast, and viewing angles. The only deciding factor should be what you will use the monitor for as each display is better catered to different professions.

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