OLED burn-in, also known as permanent image retention, this can occur on OLED displays if you leave static content on the screen for extended periods. This includes high-contrast elements like logos, taskbars, and browser address bars. Modern OLED displays, using improved materials and firmware, have made significant improvements in reducing burn-in risk. The OLED in the Pen Display 16 has built-in pixel refresh routines, for example. These help prevent burn-in by using various compensation technologies.  

Consequently, in our testing with artists using the Pen Display 16 over an extended period, “burn-in” has not been an issue.  

Nonetheless, to minimize the risk of burn-in, there are some simple steps you can take. This includes using a mix of content at full screen (as most people do) and performing regular pixel refreshes. More specifically: 

  1. Mix-Up ContentAvoid displaying static images for long periods. Use different applications and content to prevent prolonged exposure to the same elements. 

  1. Screensavers: Enable screensavers or set your monitor to turn off after a period of inactivity. 

  1. Brightness and Contrast: Lower brightness and contrast settings can reduce the risk of burn-in. 

  1. Use Taskbars Wisely: If you have a taskbar, consider auto-hiding it or moving it to different screen positions occasionally. 

  1. Avoid Max Brightness for Extended Periods: High brightness levels increase the risk of burn-in.