I have an acer 19in desktop LCD.
I have the brightness all the way up to 100 and contrast at 80. If I increase the contrast it'll look strange and washed out. But comparing websites to my ipad and laptops, it's much darker.
What can I do? Thanks.
Im afraid that the ipad and your laptops just have more powerful backlights. A good quality display can be, in part, gauged by it candela output per sq meter ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Candela_per_square_metre ) as well as by its contrast between colors.
So bottom line, you cant really change the quality of a display. Also some displays loose their brightness over time.
If you have them, go into the colour settings and try adjusting the colour mode/temperature or the individual gains, you may get a bit of an increase in contrast that way without overdriving the image and getting the washed out effect you experienced using the composite contrast.
Also, have a look and see if there are any settings provided by your graphics card that could help.