Gateway and Acer Netbooks: Wonder Twin Powers, Activate!by Vivek Gowri on April 28, 2010 2:22 AM EST
The screen is pretty average, not standing out in any category. This continues an unfortunate trend of mediocrity in the LCD panels used in mobile computers. As shown by the iPad, a high quality can really enhance or even define the experience of a device, and that's one aspect of the 1001P that really trumps these two devices. With both the matte finish and super high contrast ratio, the Eee is on an entirely different level than the Gateway and Acer.
These two fall right in line with most other consumer-level notebooks in terms of display quality. This continues an unfortunate trend towards poor quality screens for the sake of cost cutting measures, with few exceptions (as mentioned, the 1001P, along with some larger media and gaming laptops). Unfortunately, what most manufacturers (and consumers) should realize is that the display is one of the single most important parts of any mobile device, being the main method for interaction between user and computer. We can’t criticize Acer specifically here for the poor LCD—it’s an industry-wide trend that is disappointing overall. What we want is 1001P contrast levels, preferably with greater than 200nits maximum brightness. Only when we have that is it worth discussing color gamut and accuracy… and honestly, color accuracy isn't a major concern for any netbook.