The detailed specifications of the Gateway M505 are here
. The detailed specifications of the LCD display panel are "Maximum color depth: 32-bit (16.7 million colors)". There are ways to make an LCD panel with fewer bits display colors as if they had more bits. There is a very good discussion of this subject in this thread
. In this thread, devast
"Pretty much all laptops use 18bit panels, and even desktop monitors that display faster than 25ms use 18bit panels. The gateway is definately 18bit on the 505x & 505xl, says here on the specs, go to: http://products.gateway.com/product...d=m505xl&seg=hm
then click "complete specifications"
although they are 18bit, they can still claim to display 16million colors/32bit by using dithering methods, ie. flashing 2 colors so fast it appears visually as another.
here is more info: http://www4.tomshardware.com/displa...105/lcd-06.html
in short: don't rule out any laptop with an 18bit display, cuz most likely the one you think that don't, DO, but just lie about it."
Also in this thread, deltawalkerl
provides a link to a color depth test page
that can be used to determine if your display can support 16 million colors. The LCD display on my M505X can pass this test with flying colors. So whatever method Wistron is using on the M505 screen to display greater color depth seems to be working very well.