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Sony XBRITE™, X-black and Clear Bright — What are they?

Sony XBRITE™, X-black and Clear Bright screens are the latest cutting-edge notebook screens. Once you've turned it on and taken a look for yourself at a Sony Vaio notebook with XBRITE™, X-black and Clear Bright, we're sure you won't believe your eyes.

ScreenTek offers anti-reflective XBRITE™, X-black and Clear Bright style laptop screens called PixelBright. Our PixelBright products and services can accommodate the following needs:

  • If you have damaged your Sony Vaio XBRITE™, X-black and Clear Bright LCD screen and would like to replace it with an equivalent PixelBright™ high-gloss laptop screen,
  • If you have damaged your standard Sony LCD screen and would like to replace it with an upgraded high-gloss PixelBright™ LCD, with anti-reflective technology equivalent to an XBRITE™, X-black or Clear Bright screen, or
  • If you have a perfectly working standard LCD screen and would like to have your screen upgraded with a high-gloss finish the same as an XBRITE™, X-black or Clear Bright anti-reflective polarizer would have. Laptop 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 Sony XBRITE™, X-black and Clear Bright?

Background of Sony XBRITE™, X-black and Clear Bright

XBRITE™, X-black and Clear Bright is a marketing name trademarked by Sony which represents the latest in anti-reflective LCD screen technology (anti-reflective technology).

This technology was first introduced in early 2003 to the Japanese consumer market. It became an instant success and had a dramatic effect on the laptop market there due the image clarity of this high-gloss screen. This new anti-reflective technology produces sharper contrasting tones, colors that are more brilliant and images that are much crisper.

This new LCD screen technology first introduced to the Japanese consumer market in 2003 is not, however, a proprietary technology of Sony. In fact, Sony does not actually manufacture laptop LCD screens at all. Sony, as do most other laptop brands, procures laptop LCD screens from LCD screen manufacturers. It is these LCD screen manufacturers that manufacturer this anti-reflective LCD technology. Sony merely purchases and installs both anti-reflective and typical LCDs in their Sony Vaio models. Those Sony Vaio models using anti-reflective technology are marketed under the Sony XBRITE™, X-black and Clear Bright name.

In addition, the anti-reflective technology marketed as Sony XBRITE™, X-black and Clear Bright is in fact identical to the technology being marketed as Toshiba TruBrite™, HP Compaq BrightView as well as names marketed by other laptop makers.

The Technical Stuff
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All laptop LCD screens have a polarizing filter (polarizer) which is a layer of film affixed to the outermost layer of glass of the LCD screen used to filter light waves produced by the LCD screen to generate an image. The difference between a typical laptop LCD screen and an anti-reflective LCD screen is the type of polarizing filter.

The polarizer of a typical laptop screen has a rough surface or matte finish which causes external ambient light to reflect off of this polarizer at different angles (diffuses the light) thus reducing the light intensity directly reflected back to your eye. The drawback to this is image distortion, a lower contrast ratio, reduced viewing angles and eye fatigue to name a few.

The polarizer of an anti-reflective Sony XBRITE™, X-black and Clear Bright 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 ambient light instead of diffusing it at different angles. Since the ambient light is mostly absorbed instead of reflected at different angles, it does not need a rough matte finish and therefore a smooth surface can provide crisp, clear, brilliant-colored images with the most direct light.

In general, the viewer sees light from two sources: 1) light generated by the LCD itself and 2) external light which is reflected off the surface of the LCD. The goal of anti-reflective technology is to increase the light generated by the LCD screen while minimizing the reflection of external light.

Benefits of Sony XBRITE™, X-black and Clear Bright

  • Vibrant colors
  • Sharp contrast
  • Wider viewing angles
  • Clearer images
  • Reduced eye fatigue
  • Enhanced brightness without consuming more power


Which PixelBright™ screens are like this?

Laptop screens can be high-gloss by default - see this list of our PixelBright™ screens, containing the same anti-reflective surface technology as XBRITE, X-black, and Clear Bright 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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