Originally Posted by deltawalkerl
Hmmm...can you describe this special coating layer? Is this the essential component to the Crystal View screens? What about the increased brightness and contrast? Do you think that screens similar to the Crystal View you've seen in Japan are indeed the same technology as Crystal View (perhaps they licensed it or something)?
I haven't done much reading on the technical side of things, I can just give you my own impressions. I think the coating layer is only one aspect of the improved screen, I'm guessing the underlying panel is also improved and optimized to work in conjunction with the coating to improve contrast, tonal range and sharpness. Fujitsu may have licensed the technology to other companies, but I think a number of different manufacturers have developed their own different versions of the similar glossy screen technology.
I've only seen the screens in showrooms, under less than ideal fluorescent lighting. And none of the ones I looked at were close enough for side-by-side comparisons. To be honest, when I first saw the screens in the shops, I was worried that glare might be a serious issue. They do have anti-reflective coatings, but I haven't had a chance to use any of these screens in a normal work/useage environment. I'm probably more sensitive than most people to glare on computer screens and televisions, so the verdict is still out for me concerning the glare issue.
Comparing the Japanese Loox T90D (P5010) that I saw in the same showroom as a Sony TR1 (or 2) last year: the Sony seemed brighter, but the Fujitsu seemed sharper, with better contrast and tonal range. Looking at the pictures in the 'My New Fujitsu N5010!!
' thread, I don't remember the Loox being as stunning as that. Of course when I saw the T90D, I was only looking at the standard Windows desktop, IE and a couple other mostly text applications in a bright store.