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Laptops from Apple and HP might use LEDs as a backlight source starting in the second quarter of this year. These LED backlights distribute backlight more evenly than the cold cathode florescent backlights used in laptops today, and also offer a higher range of colors.

We've tested LCD monitors using LED backlight, and their increased color saturation gives the screen noticably more-intense colors—so much so that they look almost unnatural at first. This technology has been around for a while. In fact, we tested an IBM monitor with an LED backlight four years ago. However, LED backlights haven't been adopted in laptop screens thus far because of fears of high power consumption.

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What about higher prices? If the cost of these fancy screens raises the prices of notebooks by too much, this tech will probably not hit the mainstream for a while. There's no word on which models will be upgraded with the LED technology.

Apple and HP to launch LED-based notebooks [DigiTimes , via electronista]