Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/181577/e-ink-vs.-lcd-which-screen-is-best-for-reading/
There are two big choices when it comes to reading eBooks. You can go with either a dedicated eReader like a Kindle Paperwhite or a tablet like an iPad with an LCD screen — but which is best?
A 2012 study named “Reading on LCD vs e-Ink displays: effects on fatigue and visual strain” looked at this exact issue. The researchers concluded that there was no difference between reading an an E Ink versus and LCD screen in terms of fatigue and visual strain. The key here is that the LCD screen has to be a high resolution, which modern tablet LCD screens are. Even if you experience eye strain when reading text on an old, low-resolution LCD computer monitor, you shouldn’t experience it when reading on a modern, high-resolution LCD screen.
I see so many people pushing e-ink readers and slamming tablets, entirely based on the claim that e-ink is more eyestrain friendly. And yet studies and personal experince say just the opposite.
Thanks for the article, Chris.
The Kindle Paperwhite's battery life is only 8 days if you turn the brightness of the lights down to almost off. Otherwise, if you leave the brightness at the default setting your battery life will only be about 8 hours, or less if you turn the brightness up all the way.
Regarding the "no glare" claim, I have 3 Kindles (3rd gen, Touch, and Paperwhite) and the all experience glare, but at an much lower level than glass screen devices. It can be compared to older LCD monitors and TVs that have a "matte" finish, whereas the glass screen devices (IPad, Kindle Fire...) are more like Plasma TVs or your average cell phone.
I agree that the E Ink devices provide of much more eye-friendly reading experience and I fully promote them for anyone buying a device that will be used for mostly reading.
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