With Warmer Weather Comes a Need for an Enhanced Display

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That’s right, as we approach spring; you might want to think real hard about getting an enhanced display in your next notebook. In our forums we often battle back and forth about standard versus enhanced displays, each side extolling the values that make one or the other the right choice. But one argument that so often gets forgotten is the fact that enhanced displays are superior when being used outside. This point is not debatable and this past week in Florida has reminded me that not everyone wants to use their notebooks inside.

Sure, most of us who own notebooks are a little geeky, kind of comes with the hardware. But that doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy the outdoors and possibly even computing outside. In years past this wasn’t even an option, but the new enhanced displays that have hit the market over the past year or two have changed the scene substantially.

Whether it’s called CrystalView, XBRITE, TruBrite, BrightView or something of the like, the concept is the same. A reflective layer is placed on top of the display to help make the colors more vibrant, whites more white and everything more clear. They’re all pretty good and getting better quite quickly. Fujitsu for instance just released a new generation of CrystalView displays with the N3510. The difference between it and my “older” P7000 is remarkable.

As these enhanced displays get better it’s more fun to watch a DVD and play a game, but it’s also easier to work outside. Traditional displays get washed out in sunlight, rendering them essentially useless. The coating on enhanced displays doesn’t make the sun harmless, but it makes a massive difference. Working in the shade is no problem and even direct sunlight while sitting by the pool is tolerable. Trust me…I’m doing it right now as I write this to prove my point.

While I don’t recommend using a notebook in the sun too long, the heat builds up quickly; I do think it’s important to remember it’s possible. So as spring comes closer to those of us up North, remember that enhanced displays will let you un-tether even more. Feel free to work at the pool while the kids swim, at the lake while your husband fishes, or under your favorite shady oak. Because when you buy a notebook with  an enhanced display, you don’t have to be stuck inside while everyone else is getting a tan or otherwise chilling out.



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