Meet our next-generation display profiles – “Health-Guard”, “Design and Gaming” and “Office Work”

We’re proud to announce that after countless days and nights of analysis and development in our laboratory, the new generation of the custom-tailored LaptopMedia profiles is here. It comes with several major changes which should improve panel performance and user comfort and take them to a next level. Again, we focus on three types of profiles – “Health-Guard”, “Design and Gaming” and “Office Work”.

What are the profiles for?

Have you ever felt eyestrain or a headache after a long session in front of your computer? You’re not alone. And you should know why this is so and how you could protect your health. We faced this problem some years ago and began developing a solution for our users. We found that most screens on the market use aggressive PWM (screen flickering) for brightness control which is an easier and cheaper solution for manufacturers but it has a very negative impact on our eyes (read more). But that’s not all.

You should also become familiar with the Blue Light and its health impact, not just on your eyes but on your whole body. Nearly all displays on the market (not including AMOLED-equipped units, which doesn’t, however, make them completely safe) are of the LCD type (liquid-crystal systems). They make use of a light source based on LEDs. Budgetary concerns have rendered White LEDs (blue diodes with phosphorous coatings to achieve the desired spectral result) very popular. Artificial Blue light (~443nm) affects melatonin synthesis severely. There is a research (see here) indicating that out of the entire visible spectrum, it is precisely the blue section (415-445nm) that triggers the brain into ‘day mode’, which stops melatonin synthesis, and then cortisol kicks in.

As indicated in various medical sources, natural melatonin produced by the pineal gland has a vital role in securing our health, in addition to being the key to falling asleep. Lack of sufficient melatonin can lead to a wide variety of diseases and conditions, including fatigue and migraines, to name a few of the more mundane ones. Read more HERE. Luckily, we found a solution to both PWM and Blue Light – the Health-Guard profile.

For every laptop that visits our laboratory, we also create Design and Gaming and Office Work profiles. The first one is made for Web designers and Gamers while the latter is made to be of great help for everyday work or surfing. Scroll down to find out what our profiles do and how you can get them.

Contents


Health-Guard

The first and most important profile (in our opinion) is the Health-Guard – when being used with our LM Profiles application, Health-Guard eliminates the harmful Pulse-Width Modulation (PWM) and reduces the negative Blue Light which affects our eyes and body. Since it’s custom tailored for every panel, it manages to keep the colors perceptually accurate (they may seem strange at first but after a few minutes our brain will start recognizing them as accurate ones – that’s how Health-Guard differs from alternatives like f.lux).

Now the profile has a higher color temperature which makes it suitable for working through the whole day (not only at night) and simulates paper so the pressure on the eyes is greatly reduced.

*Please keep your Windows brightness slider at its max position, and use the LM profiles’ integrated “No PWM brightness slider” for controlling the luminance.

Pro Tip: As the Health-Guard profile simulates paper and has as accurate as possible colors, it could be a great tool for prepress designers!

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Health-Guard Profile

Read more about PWM | Read more about Blue Light


Design and Gaming

The second profile type is Design and Gaming – it combines our previous “Web Design” and “Gaming and Movie Nights” profiles in one, so it’s aimed at designers who work with colors professionally, and for games and movies as well (or maybe you’re a designer who likes to relax with some games or movies from time to time?).

“Design and Gaming” takes display panels to their limits, making them as accurate as possible in the sRGB IEC61966-2-1 standard for Web and HDTV, at white point D65.

Color accuracy (lower result indicators are better)

No profile

With the “Design & Gaming” profile

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Just as our previous Gaming profile, this one also regulates the first steps out of black so you can have even faster reflexes when playing in dark virtual environments…or just see everything in the darkest scenes in movies.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Design & Gaming Profile

Office Work

The third profile is Office Work and it should be used mostly by users who spend most of the time looking at pieces of text, tables or just surfing.

Office Work aims to deliver better distinctness and clarity by keeping a flat gamma curve (2.20), native color temperature and perceptually accurate colors.

Left: No Profile | Drag the slider to see the difference | Right: Office Work Profile

How to buy our profiles?

You can purchase our profiles from the “Buy our profiles” section of our Reviews or through our PWM ranking / Supported laptops pages.

If you buy the three profiles together you’ll get a major discount. All of the profits immediately go to our laboratory for further research & development, so you can expect even more detailed and interesting reviews in the future.

If you’d like to contact us, drop us a line at [email protected].

*If the download target is a .php file instead of an archive, change the file extension to .zip.

Installation and Usage

The profiles require no installation. Simply save them to your hard drive. To effortlessly use and swap profiles, in collaboration with Iristech.co, we have developed the LM Profiles 2.0 application. Just download it and Drag & Drop the profiles over the app. That’s it! Now you can easily switch modes and take advantage of the PWM Free Brightness Slider in the Health-Guard section.

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wimal
wimal
1 year ago

Hi
I have Ubuntu 20.04 on my Dell vostro 3559 laptop.
once I buy the relevant profile, How may I install it ?

James Wong
James Wong
6 months ago

I have made payment $9.99 for my display profile for Thinkpad T570. Expecting to received your email soon

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