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Looking for recommendations of any monitors (1920 x 1200) that dynamically adjust their brightness? I'm getting annoyed of having to alter my monitor settings several times a day!

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closed as off topic by Diago Oct 19 '10 at 20:25

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Shopping recommendations are offtopic for Superuser. (Unfortunate because I would like the same answer. :/) –  Shinrai Oct 19 '10 at 14:20
    
You could probably edit the question to be less about shopping recommendations and more about what's the best way to set up a computer to adjust its video brightness relative to ambient light. –  Kara Marfia Oct 19 '10 at 15:16

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I have a SONY monitor that does this, to answer your question. I purchased it in 2005; it's a fairly high-end monitor.

It does not require any software to be installed and is configurable entirely from the monitor. I use it with a KVM on various Linux Machines and all it cares about is ambient light in the room. The other answer requires Windows 7. A pure monitor solution would not.

I will decline to specify the model number (it's probably discontinued).

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Found a blurb here about Win7's handling of this feature. Turns out the specific monitor is less important than what OS you're using & whether you have the required sensor. Instead of a purchase recommendation, all you need is the terminology - look for monitors with an ALS - ambient light sensor.

Adjusting brightness automatically using adaptive brightness

Adaptive brightness is a feature in Windows that uses a light sensor to automatically adjust the display brightness to match the lighting conditions in your computer's surroundings. To use adaptive brightness, you must have light sensors installed and enabled on your computer.

To determine if your laptop or computer monitor supports adaptive brightness, look for the Enable adaptive brightness setting in Power Options (mentioned in the following procedure) or check the information that came with your computer.

To turn adaptive brightness on or off 1.Open Power Options by clicking the Start button , clicking Control Panel, clicking System and Security, and then clicking Power Options.

2.Under any plan, click Change plan settings.

3.Click Change advanced power settings.

4.In the list, expand Display, and then expand Enable adaptive brightness.

5.To turn adaptive brightness on or off when your computer is running on battery power, click On battery, and then, in the list, click On or Off.

6.To turn adaptive brightness on or off when your computer is plugged into an outlet, click Plugged in, and then, in the list, click On or Off.

7.Click Apply. Click OK.

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