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Using a notebook outside - Too bright to see the screen!

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Anonymous
a b D Laptop
August 26, 2004 4:18:52 AM

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I have a laptop computer that I would like to use outside, ie sit out
back on the deck and surf the web. The problem is, on a bright day, I
cannot even read the screen, even in the shade. I was wondering if an
anti-glare screen would solve this problem? I've never had one, I
wouldn't mind spending the money but only if they really work.

Thanks!

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Anonymous
a b D Laptop
August 26, 2004 1:43:41 PM

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davenetman@yahoo.com (David Van) wrote in news:c650ccdc.0408252318.27ec44c1
@posting.google.com:

> I have a laptop computer that I would like to use outside, ie sit out
> back on the deck and surf the web. The problem is, on a bright day, I
> cannot even read the screen, even in the shade. I was wondering if an
> anti-glare screen would solve this problem? I've never had one, I
> wouldn't mind spending the money but only if they really work.


most notebooks let you control the screen brightness... not sure who your
laptop manufacturer is, but on Acer's and some others, you use a function
key and arrows to control increase/decrease of brightness..... read you
manual, i'm betting it's there.

anti-glare will not do anything really for your laptop screen outside....
Anonymous
a b D Laptop
August 26, 2004 1:54:16 PM

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"David Van" <davenetman@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:c650ccdc.0408252318.27ec44c1@posting.google.com...
>I have a laptop computer that I would like to use outside, ie sit out
> back on the deck and surf the web. The problem is, on a bright day, I
> cannot even read the screen, even in the shade. I was wondering if an
> anti-glare screen would solve this problem? I've never had one, I
> wouldn't mind spending the money but only if they really work.
>
> Thanks!

A beach umbrella located behind the screen to block the background glare
in your eyes will work. It's largely the comparative intensities of the
background and the screen that make reading the screen difficult. Note
that direct sunlight on a screen can cause the LCD and computer itself
to overheat. The LCD can change colors, blotch out, etc., so shielding
both your eyes and the computer with a large umbrella is wise.

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Anonymous
a b D Laptop
August 28, 2004 5:36:22 AM

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just don't go outside.
that's what the rest of us geeks do.



"David Van" <davenetman@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:c650ccdc.0408252318.27ec44c1@posting.google.com...
> I have a laptop computer that I would like to use outside, ie sit out
> back on the deck and surf the web. The problem is, on a bright day, I
> cannot even read the screen, even in the shade. I was wondering if an
> anti-glare screen would solve this problem? I've never had one, I
> wouldn't mind spending the money but only if they really work.
>
> Thanks!
Anonymous
a b D Laptop
August 28, 2004 6:21:09 PM

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David Van wrote:

> I have a laptop computer that I would like to use outside, ie sit out
> back on the deck and surf the web. The problem is, on a bright day, I
> cannot even read the screen, even in the shade. I was wondering if an
> anti-glare screen would solve this problem? I've never had one, I
> wouldn't mind spending the money but only if they really work.

I've found that if you can angle the screen right, you can turn off the
backlight and just let the sunlight illuminate it. This also helps save
on battery power. It works best if everything you're trying to read is a
white background with dark text. Usually I sit with myself and the
keyboard in shade, with the screen exposed to the sun.
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Anonymous
a b D Laptop
August 29, 2004 8:22:13 AM

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There are some screens which are intended for daylight viewing available ---
mostly in marine and cockpit applications, but they're becoming available for
Tablet PCs as well.

One company, www.infocater.com offers them as a retrofit on existing units, so
it might be possible to do the replacement on an existing unit.

William

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Anonymous
a b D Laptop
September 7, 2004 1:04:53 PM

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I've worked with a SONY TR1 Subnotebook with the X-Brite Screen for a
year now.

For me the X-Brite screen from SONY is outstanding for working in
sunlight.
There is reflection, of course, but the screen is bright enough that
it looks like you are watching a Printed Picture behind clear Glass.
And black remains black (in the contrary to Laptops with the common
anti Glare Coating)

The only time you get into trouble with this Technology is when there
is bright diffuse light (Clouds but still very bright), then it looks
like every Laptop screen in normal sunlight: dark, hardly readable.
This is because the screen has polarized layers that can filter out
directed light, but give up in diffuse light.

We have many Laptops in our family, a Toshiba Satelite from 1999 a
Sony VAIO from 2001, three Centrino Powered Acer's (three Months old)
my SONY VAIO TR 1MP and my girlfriend just changed her 3 Months old
ACER LMI with Centrino to a SONY VAIO A-Series one with 15" X-Bright
screen (VGN A-115M). ACERS were much cheaper then, but are now in one
row with the SONY A-Ones. ACERS have a much longer Battery uptime
though.

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