Frequently Asked Questions
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Q: Why does the Gateway Convertible Notebook have a glass panel?A: The glass panel protects the soft LCD display from damage by the notebooks's pen. Writing directly on the LCD without a shield would damage the LCD panel. Glass was chosen for its hardness, clarity, brilliance and easiness to maintain over time (cleaning). Plastic shields get foggy over time as they scratch much more easily than glass.
The display has an anti-glare coating on the inside of the glass shield to minimize glare. The purple color you can see when the notebook is turned off is the anti-glare coating. All LCD tablet display panels have glare, but most tablets are made with an acrylic (plastic) display shield. Those plastic displays show a diffused glare - glare that fades out across the screen, while this notebook reflects glare accurately from the glare source. Because of this, it is easier to minimize or eliminate the reflected glare.
While the glass panel may show finger marks, it is much harder, and much clearer than a competitor's plastic display shield. Because of this clarity, it makes the display brighter than other displays.