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Acer CrystalBrite — What is it?

Acer CrystalBrite screens, which are installed in select TravelMate, Aspire and Ferrari series models redefine notebook screen technology, represent the latest in LCD technology available in notebooks. We're sure once you turn it on and take a look for yourself, you won't believe your eyes.

ScreenTek offers anti-reflective laptop screens, similar to CrystalBrite, under our own PixelBright™ name. Our PixelBright™ products and services can accommodate the following needs:

  • If you have damaged your Acer CrystalBrite LCD screen and would like to replace it with a similar high-gloss PixelBright™ screen,
  • If you have damaged your traditional Acer notebook screen and would like to replace it with a high-gloss PixelBright&trade screen, with the same anti-reflective technology used in CrystalBrite, or
  • If you have a perfectly working traditional notebook screen and would like to have your screen upgraded with a high-gloss anti-reflective polarizer, similar to CrystalBrite. Notebook screen upgrades require you to send us your laptop so that we can upgrade your LCD screen in a Class 100 (US Fed Std 209E) / ISO Class 5 clean room environment.

Contact us for more information.

What is Acer CrystalBrite?

Background of Acer CrystalBrite

CrystalBrite is Acer's marketing name for high-gloss laptop screens, representing the latest in anti-reflective LCD screen technology (anti-reflective technology).

Anti-reflective LCD technology was first introduced in early 2003 to the Japanese notebook market by Fujitsu and later became more well-known through Sony's marketing efforts of its own XBRITE™ version. This technology became an instant hit due to the image clarity and the brilliant colors of this high-gloss screen, while reducing the reflection of ambient light. This new technology is higher in contrast, produces clearer and more colorful images and has wider viewing angles than traditional notebook screens.

Anti-reflective LCD technology is not a proprietary technology of Acer. In fact, most screens installed in Acer TravelMate, Extensa, Aspire and Ferrari notebooks are not manufactured by Acer, or by AU Optronics (their LCD manufacturing subsidiary). Acer, like other laptop brands, procures notebook screens from LCD screen manufacturers. It is these companies that produce anti-reflective LCD technology. Acer merely purchases and installs both anti-reflective and traditional LCD screens in their Acer notebook models, and then markets the models with anti-reflective technology under the Acer CrystalBrite brand.

In addition, the anti-reflective technology marketed as Acer CrystalBrite is identical to the anti-reflective technology being marketed as Sony XBRITE™, HP Compaq BrightView and Toshiba TruBrite™.

The Technical Stuff
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All notebook screens have a polarizer, which is a thin layer of film laminated to the outermost layer of glass of the notebook screen, used to filter light waves produced by the screen to generate an image. The difference between a traditional notebook screen and an anti-reflective notebook screen is the type of polarizer.

The polarizer of a traditional notebook screen has a rough matte surface which is not visible to the naked eye. A traditional notebook screen with a rough matte surface is typically called anti-glare. This matte surface causes external light to diffuse or reflect off at different angles which reduces the intensity of light reflected directly back to the viewer's eye. The downside of the matte surface is distorted images, lower contrast ratio, narrower viewing angles and potentially increased eye fatigue.

The polarizer of an anti-reflective Acer CrystalBrite screen and its equivalents have a smooth chemically-treated surface. The chemically-treated surface of the polarizer reduces ambient light reflection by absorbing most of the external light instead of diffusing it at different angles. Since the external light is mostly absorbed instead of reflected at different angles, it does not need a rough matte surface and therefore a smooth surface can provide crisp, brilliant-colored images with the most direct internally derived light from the LCD.

In general, the observer sees light from two light sources: 1) light images generated by the LCD specifically and 2) ambient light which is reflected off the surface of the LCD. The objective of an anti-reflective polarizer is to reduce the reflection of external light without sacrificing image quality.

Benefits of Acer CrystalBrite

  • Crisper images
  • Brilliant colors
  • Sharp contrast
  • Wider viewing angles
  • Reduced eye fatigue


Which PixelBright™ screens are like this?

Laptop screens can be high-gloss by default - see this list of our high-gloss screens which are like CrystalBrite high-gloss screens available (listed by laptop and by screen part number) along with TrueLife high-gloss screens. Also, we can add the finish to any screen.



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