WHAT IS a Laminated Display?

do you know the difference between a non-laminated and a fully laminated display do you know the pros and cons for each and which one would be better for what you need most people know that the higher end ipads have fully laminated displays and they assume that because of that they’re the better choice in every situation but that’s not exactly true today we’re going to talk about those differences look at how they impact real life use discuss the pros and cons of both types of display and then choose which one is right for you before we can pick the right type of display let’s understand the difference both consist of three components the display the touch layer and then the top or cover glass in a non-laminated display the cover glass and the touch layer are bonded and then there’s an air gap between them and the display layer when you look head-on at the center of a non-laminated display on something like the ipad 8 you can’t really tell the difference because there’s no sense of depth but if you look at the edge you’ll see that it almost looks like a

photograph that has matting around it and then a piece of glass on top of the matting so the image looks like it’s under a sheet of glass in a fully laminated display like on the ipad air 4 or the ipad pro the cover glass the touch layer and the display are laminated into a single piece of display and glass and this eliminates the air gap and makes the image appear like it’s right on top of the glass rather than a few millimeters below it i’ve used both for years and i’ve done everything from watching content taking notes drawing editing photos editing videos working with productivity apps social media email and browsing the web so after we talk about the pros and cons i’ll add my perspective about how each type of display has impacted my real life experience and when does it actually make sense to pay more now that we know a little bit about the differences of these two types of displays let’s look at the pros and cons of each starting with the fully laminated display the first advantage it has is because there is no air gap the actual display assembly is thinner that

means that apple is able to make the actual device thinner and since we’re talking about portable devices any opportunity to save on space increases portability the next advantage you might experience is improved image quality in some situations since the layers are closer together you’re likely to have better image quality because all other things being equal there’s less of an opportunity for distortion due to refraction now some people say that the display is also less reflective in my opinion both are quite reflective and i would always use a matte screen protector which would make a huge difference the next advantage has to do with how the image itself appears like i said earlier because the layers are bonded together with a fully laminated display the image appears like it’s printed on the glass rather than under a sheet of glass when you’re watching content or surfing the web using apps or navigating around your home screen this isn’t really something that you’re most likely going to notice unless you’re looking for it if you have the devices side by side or if you’re looking at the edge of the display there’s a little more to this so i’ll revisit it later on in the video the next

advantage of a laminated display has to do with using an apple pencil or another stylus because the image appears to be painted on the surface of the glass when you’re using an apple pencil or any other stylus the tip looks like it’s actually touching the content that it’s creating rather than a few millimeters above it this provides a better overall writing and drawing experience especially when you’re doing something like trying to draw a line that starts exactly where another one ends the next advantage is also related to using an apple pencil but it has to do with sound because on a laminated display the three layers are bonded they form a more substantial surface when the apple pencil hits the glass that sound is a lot more muted than it is on a non-laminated display if you’re writing or drawing a lot you’re going to like that sound better and find it less distracting another advantage of a fully laminated display is that there is no chance for dust or other small particles to make their way between the cover glass and the display now this isn’t something that i’ve ever personally experienced so it’s not really a concern for me but it’s something that i wanted to mention now i want to talk about the cons of a laminated display and there’s really only one but it plays out in two different ways because there are additional steps required during the manufacturing process a fully laminated display is more expensive to make and that cost adds to the price of the device this also has an impact on repair cost because all three layers are fused together if you crack the cover glass the entire display assembly has to be replaced even

if the display layer is intact this is a more challenging process and the parts themselves are more expensive again contributing to a higher cost for you now let’s move to a non-laminated display and start with the cons and you probably won’t be surprised that they are the counterpoints of the laminated display advantages first the device itself might be a little thicker because of the air gap between the two layers so we’re getting a device that’s potentially slightly thicker overall it’s not the end of the world by any means especially with how thin these ipads are getting next there is potential for inferior image quality especially in challenging lighting conditions because there’s more distance between the cover glass and the display there’s also more opportunity for light refraction now i can tell you that i’ve played games i’ve edited photos and videos i watch content and i haven’t noticed a significant difference in image quality if you show both to me side by side i am going to pick the fully laminated display because it is nicer especially around the edges but it’s not something that i would pay twice as much for i’d be more likely to

choose a 12.9 inch ipad pro because it’s bigger than because it has a fully laminated display the one area where i do notice a difference is when using the apple pencil i have the first generation apple pencil for the ipad 8 with a non-laminated display and then the second generation apple pencil for the ipad air 4 and the ipad pro both of which have a fully laminated display and in both cases i think the apple pencil works great but i’m going to give the advantage to the laminated displays on the ipad 8 there’s definitely a more noticeable parallax effect where you can see that the tip of the pencil is separated from the content you’re creating if i’m looking straight on then it’s not really a big deal but if i’m holding the ipad at an angle then it becomes much more noticeable i also hear the more hollow sound every time i tap the non-laminated display ultimately is it the end of the world no but if it’s something you plan on doing all day every day it may be important to you the advantage of a non-laminated display again comes down to price first it’s less expensive to make so you end up with an ipad at a lower cost and second if you scratch or even crack the glass there’s a good chance that the display itself is unharmed and the cost of replacement is lower this makes the ipad 8 a good choice for kids or if it’s used in working environments where it might get damaged if you’ve gotten value from this video so far give it a thumbs up so that i know what content you like and i can make more of it and if you’re new here hit that subscribe button now let’s talk

about whether it’s worth getting a fully laminated display over a non-laminated one to start with i’m going to skip the initial cost of the device and then come back to it in a minute so the fully laminated display is better in virtually every way with the one exception being the replacement cost i want to emphasize again that for most of what i do so watching content email social media photo and video editing and surfing the web the fully laminated display is slightly better but it’s really not a difference that i would notice unless i’m looking for it it’s definitely not night and day and i wouldn’t pay extra just for that feature like i said before the ipad 8 is a great option for kids or for working environments where it’s more likely to get damaged both the plumbing company and the heating and cooling company that service our house use an ipad 8 in the field to take photos create quotes and collect payments they get to spend less on the initial purchase of the device and then if or most likely when something happens to the cover glass the repair cost is much lower

if you’re a serious artist or use your ipad primarily for note-taking with the apple pencil then getting a fully laminated display would be a reason to upgrade it’s not that you can’t do those things with a non-laminated display you can and i have but when i start adding up all of the advantages of the display plus other ones that i get from upgrading to a higher tier ipad and i look at how long i’ll have this ipad for it just makes sense to spend more upfront and then have a better user experience for the lifetime of the device if you want to see the biggest ipad mistakes that people make watch this video right here hopefully this video is helpful click on my face to subscribe you know what i always say buy it nice or buy twice good luck and see you soon

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