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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.

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did you use display colour Calibration?-it also effects brithness – mic84 Nov 29 '10 at 1:25
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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 ( ) 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.

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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.

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