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ASUS Color Shine, Colour Shine and Crystal Shine — What Are They?

ASUS Color Shine, Colour Shine and Crystal Shine (Color Shine) are all brand names for laptop LCD technology, installed in select ASUS models. These brand names are owned by ASUS. This high-gloss finish redefines notebook screen technology, and represents the latest in notebook LCD screen technology. We're confident once you turn it on and take a look for yourself, you won't believe your eyes.

ScreenTek offers anti-reflective screens, similar to Color Shine, with high-gloss style laptop screens called PixelBright™. Our PixelBright™ products and services can accommodate the following needs:

  • If you have damaged your ASUS Color Shine, Colour Shine and Crystal Shine notebook LCD screen and would like to replace it with an equivalent high-gloss PixelBright™ screen,
  • If you have damaged your traditional ASUS notebook screen and would like to replace it with a Color Shine equivalent high-gloss LCD screen with anti-reflective PixelBright™ technology, or
  • If you have a perfectly working traditional notebook screen and would like to have your laptop screen upgraded with a high-gloss screen similar to the Color Shine anti-reflective polarizer. Notebook screen upgrades require you to send us your Asus 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 ASUS Color Shine, Colour Shine and Crystal Shine?

Background of ASUS Color Shine, Colour Shine and Crystal Shine

Color Shine, Colour Shine and Crystal Shine are ASUS's marketing names for high-gloss screens, which represent 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 better known through Sony while marketing their own version called XBRITE™. This technology became an instant success due to image clarity and brilliant colors while reducing external 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 ASUS. In fact, LCD screens installed in ASUS notebooks are not manufactured by ASUS. ASUS, like other notebook brands, procures notebook screens from LCD screen makers. It is these LCD screen manufacturers that produce this anti-reflective LCD technology. ASUS merely purchases and installs both anti-reflective and traditional LCD screens in their ASUS notebook models. Those ASUS notebook models using anti-reflective technology are marketed under the ASUS Color Shine, Colour Shine and Crystal Shine brands.

In addition, the anti-reflective technology marketed as ASUS Color Shine, Colour Shine and Crystal Shine are identical to the anti-reflective technology being marketed as Sony XBRITE™, HP Compaq BrightView and Toshiba TruBrite™ to name a few.

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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. Traditional polarizers with a rough matte finish are called anti-glare as opposed to anti-reflective. 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 drawbacks of matte surface are distorted images, a lower contrast ratio, narrower viewing angles, less brilliant colors and increased eye fatigue.

The polarizer of an anti-reflective LCD 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 directly emitted light from the LCD.

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

Benefits of ASUS Color Shine, Colour Shine and Crystal Shine over Traditional Notebook Screens

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


Which PixelBright™ screens are like this?

Some screens come high-gloss by default. If not, we can add the high-gloss finish as an upgrade. For your convenience, this list contains the PixelBright™ high-gloss screens we have available equivalent to Color Shine, Colour Shine, and Crystal Shine high-gloss screens (listed by laptop and by screen part number), among other selected high-gloss screens.



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