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Worried about Nintendo Switch OLED burn-in? Read this first

The new Switch coming in October has a 7-inch OLED display. The Nintendo Switch OLED is available to preorder now for $350 and ships in October, and it’s already become a hot item. I’d say burning hot, but that might give you the wrong idea. You see, I review TVs for CNET and plenty of folks ask me about burn-in on the OLED TVs I’ve been recommending for years. Even though it’s a lot smaller than a TV, that shiny new 7-inch OLED screen on the Nintendo Switch might spark the same questions. My answer for the Switch is the same as it is for TVs: I’m not worried about burn-in. And based on what I know now, most other prospective buyers shouldn’t be either.

Let’s start with the basics. Screens today — on TVs, phones, laptops, tablets, smartwatches and, yes, portable game consoles — use two major technologies: OLED (organic light emitting diode) and LCD (liquid crystal display) . OLED screens have better picture quality than LCD screens, mostly because they can produce a perfect shade of black, which creates better contrast and “pop,” as well as more saturated, richer color.

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