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We also rated display quality based on brightness and color accuracy. While some display testing was performed by Top Ten Reviews, we also referenced Laptop Mag's test results for the majority of the ultrabooks we reviewed. Brightness is measured in nits, a measure equivalent to a square meter of light produced by a single candle. With display brightness dialed up to the highest level, readings were taken in the center and four corners of the display. The brightness readings were then averaged together, providing the score for maximum display brightness.
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Desires for premium displays are counterbalanced by concerns for battery life. While all of the ultrabooks we reviewed have long battery life, those with premium displays – those with higher than 1080p resolution and brighter backlighting – usually take a hit in the battery department. Higher resolutions mean many thousand more glowing pixels packed into a similar screen size, and vivid colors are often the result of brighter backlighting. It’s a balancing act between the two concerns, but most of the systems we looked at still manage to offer at least 8 hours of battery life, while others stretched battery life significantly further due in part to a less luxe display. We rated display quality separate from battery considerations, but it's worth considering which is more important to you when deciding on a system.