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Netbooks: Who has the brightest screens?
d111
Can someone tell me which Manufacturer / Model of popular netbooks have the brightest screens?

I am looking for one that has the following features:

- Very bright display (over 300 nits)

- LED backlight (long life, low power drain, rugged)

- 6 cell or larger battery


Right now, I have an Asus eeepc 1000 that is acceptable in sunlight (but dim), LED backlight, with a 6 cell battery good for 3 to 4 honest hours with everything (Bluetooth, Wifi) running in Presentation mode.
Ken in Regina
My only experience is with my Acer Aspire One so I can't help with your request. I just wanted to comment on the excellent battery life you're getting. If I have nothing plugged in and use the keyboard function keys to turn the screen brightness as low as I can get it I still don't get two hours from mine. With the cordless mouse plugged in and wifi going and the brightness turned down, I don't know if I can get 1 hours. Certainly not more.

Mine came with a 3 cell battery. Perhaps I should look into getting a 6 cell battery if I can find one.

...ken...
tcassidy
BattDepot.ca has a 6600 mAh for under $70 CA. This seems less expensive than most Canadian dealers which quote over $100 CA for the 5200 mAh 6 cell version. It is not compatible with the 751h series though (whatever that means).

Acer Aspire One A110-1041 - BattDepot.ca - , 934T2780F, BT.00607.042, LC.BTP00.017, LC.BTP00.018, UM08A31 , UM08A51, UM08A71, UM08A72, UM08A73 , UM08A74, UM08B31, UM08B51, UM08B71, UM08B72, UM08B73, UM08B74,

Terry
Ken in Regina
Thanks Terry. One of the part numbers in the list is a match with mine so it should work.

...ken...
d111
The best deal is to buy the larger battery as a "comes with" when you buy the Laptop.

It is kind of madness to pay $100 for the battery when the brand new machine goes for $300 or so.

Watch out for off brand Chinese batteries or rebuilds using the same, they are not the real McCoy and there is much less protection against getting a dangerous battery --- like the Dell/HP/Toshiba/Sony ones that explode.
Marvin Hlavac
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Netbooks: Who has the brightest screens?
I'd love to know the answer to this question, too.

My HP tx2000 has developed a hardware issue, and rather than considering fixing it, I'm thinking of just buying a new netbook. I wouldn't mind paying extra for a sunlight readable screen, but I haven't yet heard of a netbook that comes equipped with one.

So the question remains: Netbooks: Who has the brightest screens?
Ken in Regina
I will be surprised if there is any significant difference in screen brightness among netbooks. By their nature they are really inexpensive devices. So it's reasonable to assume that they're not using their best components in them. Due to the size of the batteries they are also designed for low power consumption. Both of those factors will work against super-bright screens.

I don't know if there is such a thing as a "high end" netbook that might have a significantly brighter screen.

But that's just a guess based on the generic specs of the devices sold as netbooks combined with some minor personal experience. That is, one of my local computer stores carries four different brands of netbook (Aspire One, Asus eeePC, MSI Wind and something else) and with them all lined up side by side there is no visible difference in the screen brightness or clarity.

...ken...
tcassidy
I just stopped in at Staples for a minute today. They had at least 6 different models including Toshiba and HP in the 10" size. I could not discern a lot of difference in brightness but didn't spend enough time to set all the backgrounds the same. The brightness setting is on different keys for many models and it took some searching even to find it.

I suspect the screen and backlight for a particular size is sourced from a limited number of suppliers, no matter whose name is on the final product. This would limit brightness differences to whether they went for a matte or shiny screen surface. I think matte is brighter and shiny gives richer deeper colours.

Terry
mr2
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I suspect the screen and backlight for a particular size is sourced from a limited number of suppliers, no matter whose name is on the final product. This would limit brightness differences to whether they went for a matte or shiny screen surface. I think matte is brighter and shiny gives richer deeper colours
I agree generally speaking. New chipsets are coming out constantly so things may change, although again if everyone uses the same parts, again brand name won't much matter.

I had not posted earlier, as I have a Dell mini 9 with glossy screen and although I haven't had much outdoor experience others on a forum I'm a member of have complained about it's poor visibility outdoors in sun.

As soon as I can, I will run my Dell in Navigation mode, with my convertible top down and see how it performs. Seems I have and I don't recall having any real difficulties, but I can't remember how bright of a day it was.
Marvin Hlavac
At EeePC.net I read this morning the following:

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Are you one of those Eee PC users who are wishing that your netbook’s screen display could be brighter...

... there are tools that we can use to do this enhancements. One of these is eeectl, a software utility for controlling and overclocking Eee PCs. One of the settings that you can tweak using the eeectl is the brightness of the monitor. The eeectl lets you adjust your netbook’s backlight setting from the lowest to the ultra bright level. The ultra-bright setting can nearly double the ed/m2 value of your netbook’s display.
More at Increase your Eee PC’s Brightness with Eeectl

I searched more info about this particular utility, and it seems it may not work with all EeePC models. But it is interesting nevertheless. There may be other similar user-created modifications that can increase brightness on other models.
mr2
I used my Dell mini 9 netbook with GMPC this morning coming to work. Bright cloudless sky, convertible top down.

Not good. Screen almost impossible to see in open areas. When I drove through droves (tall trees on each side of the road) It was fine.

I would think that in a car that provides enough shadow it would be ok, however in any bright light on the screen, not usable IMHO.

I should say that I have driven with the top down and everything looked fine. Just not nearly as sunny as it was today.
Marvin Hlavac
If price is no issue, here's a netbook that should work just fine even on a bright and sunny day, while driving with the top down: http://www.laptopgpsworld.com/2329-general-dynamics-mr-1-amazing-compact-laptop-gps
mr2
:rofl" Right!

My Netbook has VGA out, thus I believe I could add a brighter viewing monitor and still put a few $$$ in my pocket!

Also, if my netbook drops 3 feet....it is most likely my car, as well as myself is dropping about the same. Netbook may survive, not sure about the car and myself.

I'm waiting for the MR-2

Until then. Maybe......http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M5L5dLqoIK8&NR=1
d111
Marvin;

I am not a defense contractor.
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