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Chassis & Display
The chassis is the shell of your notebook computer, and includes your motherboard, screen, keyboard, touchpad and battery, amongst other parts.

Display - Screen

When considering the screen on a laptop there are several points to take into consideration:

  • Backlight Type
  • Native (maximum) Resolution
  • Screen Size
  • Screen Type (Glossy or Matte)

Backlight Type

When considering the backlight, there are two types of backlight that we offer; LED backlight and CCFL (LCD) backlight. Generally, LED backlights are better because they are more energy efficient, and have a longer lifespan than CCFL (LCD) backlights.

Native (Maximum) Resolution

The native (maximum) resolution is the optimal resolution that the notebook screen performs best at, and will give the clearest picture when set at this resolution. Some customers like to ensure that the notebook computer can support 1920 x 1080 (full HD) so they can watch HD movies at their optimum quality.

Screen Size

When considering the screen size, you will need to take into consideration your intended usage. If you're planning to use the notebook in or around the home/office, you may choose a notebook with a larger screen, because you can display more content at any one time, and see a larger picture quality. If however you take your laptop out and about very regularly you may wish to choose a smaller notebook with a smaller screen for portability. Getting the right balance between the two is sometimes tricky, but most customers opt for 15.6" screen sizes as a happy medium.

Screen Type (Glossy or Matte)

There are two kinds of LCD screen: matte (anti-glare) and glossy. Both screen types have their advantages and dis-advantages:

  • Matte screens don't reflect light very well, and therefore when you're outside in bright light, it's easier to see/read the display. However, this results in less contrast and brightness since the light from the screen has to pass through the matte coating.

  • Glossy screens have vibrant colours and the highest contrast and brightness because they have a smooth, high-gloss surface. As a result, it is often the choice for movies or gaming. On the downside through, strong lighting can cause glare (the reflection showing) on the screen which can be annoying and may tire your eyes. Some graphics designers may also find the colours inaccurate. Glossy will work great for you if the lighting in your room doesn't create any glare on the screen.

So should I choose matte or glossy? Most customers prefer glossy, but it really does depend on your intended use as to what's best for you. If you're always outside, choose matt. Otherwise, choose glossy. However, most screen manufacturers are now moving more towards glossy than matte, and matte is becoming harder to find.