Hello, I have lurked on this forum for a couple years but finally decided to join and post about my issues. I am in the US and 40 years old. I wear glasses with only a small correction for distance.
I have been using computers / phones for decades without issues until I tried out iPhone Xs a couple years ago. It was completely unusable for me and caused nausea and headache within minutes. I attributed it to PWM from the OLED screed and went back to my iPhone 7 which worked great.
Fast forward to last month - I decided to buy a new laptop and found out that all of them were troublesome. I made sure that these laptops did not have PWM, so the issue is likely to be temporal dithering. My symptoms are burning sensation in eyes, trouble focusing afterwards, slight nausea, and general eye discomfort. I can easily spot "snowy" moving pattern on static images, I am guessing that this is a result of temporal dithering.
- Macbook Air newest model with M1 chip - this was the worst of all laptops that I tested
- Lenovo ThinkBook with Intel 1165G7 processor (Windows 10)
- Asus Zephyrus G14 with AMD Ryzen 4900HS and Nvidia RTX 2060 Max Q (Windows 10 AND Ubuntu are bad)
- Intel Hades Canyon NUC8HV - Ubuntu is good, Windows 10 LTSB is probably good (used sparingly)
- Lenovo ThinkPad X220 from 2011 - both Windows 7 and Linux (Fedora) are good
I returned the Macbook Air and the ThinkBook, but kept the Asus. At this point, I don't think I can buy any laptop and expect it to work out of the box perfectly for me. With the Asus, I am hoping that at least one of the following combinations will work for me:
- AMD graphics + Ubuntu (or any other Linux distro)
- Nvidia graphics + Ubuntu (or any other Linux distro)
- AMD graphics + Windows 10 (or an older W10 release or even Windows 7)
- Nvidia graphics + Windows 10 (or an older W10 release or even Windows 7)
Is anybody on this forum using the Asus Zephyrus G14 without issues? If so, have you changed any settings to make it work better for you?
I understand the security implications of installing an unsupported OS like Windows 7, but at this point I am desperate for solutions. Any thoughts on "downgrading" Windows in order to alleviate the dithering issues?