Five Multimedia Notebooks, Tested

Luminance Charts

What you want in a media notebook for a display is something that’s relatively bright, with even spatial uniformity and contrast distribution throughout. Although the Acer’s contrast level is low, it’s display is nothing short of astonishing and its brightness levels are likewise quite uniform. Our previous favorite, the HP HDX, splits the honors for second place with the Sony, where the Asus comes in fourth and the Eurocom last.

That said, the Eurocom’s display still fits the bill, and we found it entirely tolerable for viewing conventional 480p DVDs as well as 1080i Blu-ray discs. None of these units has a display that you’d feel compelled to replace, though all did a decent job of driving an LG 42" HDTV directly and through an AV receiver.

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