Image retention, the kids call it "burn-in" on the street, is something every flat-panel has to deal with. HD Guru dug up a case involving not a plasma but, gasp, an LCD. It seems like logos were "burned" into the the right of the screen. The issue is something that rarely pops up -- even more rare on an LCD -- but when it does, we're sure most owners shave a year or two off their life as their heart skips a beat. There is no reason to fear that your pricey, little baby will always have that Sony DVD logo burnt in, as most burn-in can be easily eliminated. Follow the jump for some DIY tips on prevention and elimination.
- Burn-in is most likely when the TV is the brightest making the first 24-36 hours of life critical. Even some manufacture set-up screens can cause nasty image retention. (not burn-in but rather, ghosting for a short period of time.)
- Turn down the brightness past 50%. Plus, you will get a lot deeper picture.
- Avoid static images. This does not mean the ESPN banner or ABC logo but rather the Window's Start Bar or OS X's Dock. Use the plasma as a TV because you WILL get burn-in if used as a monitor. If you pause the Xbox, turn of the TV.
Turn the TV off and go grab a snack
- Change the channel to something fast moving for a few minutes
- Check the TV menu for burn-in utilities
- Unplug the flat-panel for twice as long as the image was on the display
- Contact the manufacture for advice
- Produce an all white JPEG and present it to the set
- Return to the retailer and demand a new set - that is the American way, right?
- Last step - remember Office Space and the fax machine...