Pixel Qi’s dual-mode 3Qi displays function as both full-color LCD monitors and e-ink-like, low-power black and white displays, giving laptops and netbooks the ability to toggle between vibrant, video-playing LCD color and an energy-efficient, eye-strain-saving e-reader mode. It doesn’t even require a trip to the service shop. In Pixel Qi founder Mary Lou Jepsen’s words:
It’s only slightly more difficult than changing a lightbulb: it’s basically 6 screws, pulling off a bezel, unconnecting the old screen and plugging this one in. That’s it. It’s a 5 minute operation.
Pricing information for the DIY kits is not yet available, but from what we understand 3Qi displays should not cost much more than standard replacement displays. Of course, swapping out the screen on a netbook or laptop is fraught with warranty-voiding dangers, but we say nothing ventured, nothing gained. How often do you really use that precious Apple Care plan you paid so dearly for anyhow?
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