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Pixel Qi to offer DIY swap-in screens for netbooks

By Jos ยท 18 replies
Mar 8, 2010
  1. Pixel Qi is readying a do-it-yourself kit that will allow users to swap out their netbook's existing LCD screen with one from the startup. The 3qi display can not only switch between an efficient e-ink-esque grayscale mode and a high resolution color screen, but also to a hybrid transflective mode, which keeps the full color display but lets the mirror at the back of the screen use sunlight as the backlight for outdoor use.

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  2. poertner_1274

    poertner_1274 secroF laicepS topShceT Posts: 3,874

    I applaud out of the box thinking like Pixel Qi has displayed here. It is these kinds of initiatives and thoughts that continue driving the industry.

    Sometimes I wish other companies acted this way, and did things that weren't so mainstream.
  3. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 527   +8

    They do have some good ideas! Will be curious to see some end user comparisons on these.
  4. klpowell

    klpowell TS Rookie Posts: 19

    This really is a great idea and I am sure that it is something that may not catch on with the consumer, but the netbook makers may take notice of what they are doing. I look for an aquistion of the company .... or a theft of their idea!
  5. Vrmithrax

    Vrmithrax TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,467   +498

    This is a great idea, in theory... But laptop and other equipment manufacturers tend to use weird and varied connections on their screens. Hopefully this will plug in as easily as they like to think it will. I, for one, have been looking forward to their screens - easy viewing in bright light environments, and a low-power epaper mode... Life is good.
  6. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 3,428   +1,885

    Although it's good step forward i don't think it will be very popular. What we need is something similar from all manufacturers (this is something that most of us agree on).
    This is a market that can make some really good cash for them. Buying a new, better screen or replacing a faulty one needs to be done in a more user friendly manner.
  7. Serag

    Serag TS Booster Posts: 177

    Amazing idea and I like the idea of outdoor visibility under sunlight,
    But I highly doubt that the procedure of changing would be unified and the same as different netbook brands uses different methods and wiring for hooking up the LCD's.
  8. DryIce

    DryIce TS Rookie Posts: 60

    Great idea. This is the kind of idea that puts an unknown company on the map.
  9. slh28

    slh28 TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,703   +171

    The idea of using sunlight as a backlight is a great idea indeed - saves battery life and can display things in direct sunlight. Hopefully these innovations will come in laptops as standard in the future as I'm not sure many people will be keen on shelling out more money on a new screen while also vioding their warranty.
  10. pgbsamurai

    pgbsamurai TS Rookie Posts: 27

    Depending the price I might be interested in upgrading my netbook screen. However, I think that the number of people that are going to be interested in this product is going to be pretty limited. Hopefully we will start seeing some manufacturers picking these displays up and integrating them into their products.
  11. Riun355

    Riun355 TS Rookie

    I'm not sure that the users as a whole are ready for a DIY laptop, but the idea's great. Definitely something I'd look into If I didn't have a mac.
  12. Renegeek

    Renegeek TS Enthusiast Posts: 93

    If this is going to happen, i hope the incorporate an external VGA hookup and mouse and keyboard, for home use, to display all colors... that would be nice.
  13. Kibaruk

    Kibaruk TechSpot Paladin Posts: 3,766   +1,160

    I trully love this idea and have been following since I heard of it. This would make netbooks much more battery friendly than they already are!
  14. mrtraver

    mrtraver TS Evangelist Posts: 426   +135

    Hmm, i might have to pick up a netbook on ebay or craigslist and give this a try!
  15. ET3D

    ET3D TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,652   +318

    I'm waiting to see what the price will be, but this certainly makes the idea of buying a netbook and modding it tempting.
  16. fref

    fref TS Enthusiast Posts: 153

    Each notebook disassembles differently, and the instructions for disassembly aren't always easy to find. I don't understand how they can say that you have six screews to unscreew, it depends on which model you have. I had to replace the keyboard on my previous laptop and it was a real pain without the disassembly instructions. So unfortunately, I just don't see this working for them...
  17. levar

    levar TS Rookie Posts: 220

    Wow! they say its a 5 minute operation wish all laptop screens where this easy to put together :D but this saves a lot of money if you're brave enough of course to do it yourself, than a technician or you can just ask your 5 year old daughter :p that's if you have one of course lol. Pretty sure you'll be able to find video on youtube no doubt about that.
  18. rskapadia2294

    rskapadia2294 TS Rookie Posts: 102

    Wow! will b eagerly waitin abt its prices! damn sure to try it once! :D
  19. Yoda8232

    Yoda8232 TS Rookie Posts: 143

    Wow that's a great idea, get some good instructions and people will be all over this. Hopefully the price is right.
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