At first I thought this one is going to be a hard battle, but after I increased the brightness level on both the Wind and Aspire One I noticed a huge difference. The MSI displayed the white color pretty good, but the Acer seemed like it has a little red tint, and was much darker than the one on the MSI. But the contrast battle seems like it is won by the Acer’s Aspire One. Even though the monitor is smaller, the lines were much sharper. Another difference that may cause this huge distinction is the screen material used. MSI Wind has matte and the Acer Aspire One glossy screen. There is a huge debate on which one is better and for what use, but for a netbook that has to be mobile and probably used often in a bright day on the beach or by the pool I prefer the matte variant, since glossy screens are known to reflect light. When comparing the picture on another viewing angle, it was quite obvious that the Acer keeps its colors and brightness level even at much steeper angles, unlike the Asus EEE PC and MSI WIND U100 which do keep its colors, but seems to lose its brightness. The resolution is the same on both Aspire One and Wind U100, 1024×600 not much, but enough for displaying a web page without having to scroll left and right. The Asus EEE PC on the other hand, has a resolution of 800×480 so having in mind that these were built mostly for web surfing it can be quite annoying when the horizontal scroll bar appears.
This battle was decided from the moment I turned the brightness to the maximum on both notebooks. Maybe the Acer won the viewing angle competition, but I’m sure you won’t gather your buddies around that tiny thing to watch a movie or something. So its brightness and natural colours over viewing angle. Brightness/Colors wins, and that’s the MSI Wind U100. Period.
1st: MSI Wind U100
2nd: Acer Aspire One
3rd: Asus Eee PC