View Full Version : Apple 24" Cinema Display Glossy?

Aug 8, 2009, 07:45 AM
I believe the 24" ACD has a glossy display. I've read numerous times how glossy displays are the arch enemy of designers and how they always prefer a matte display. I really like the features of the 24" ACD and am considering buying one, but since I plan on doing quite a bit of design/photoshop work, I wonder how disturbing the glossy display of the 24" ACD might be. Have any of you had any issues with this?

Aug 8, 2009, 07:49 AM
1) Search - oodles of threads on this issue (opinions on both sides)
2) If it pleases you now, why should it stop pleasing you when your work task changes?
3) CRT's were glossy

Aug 8, 2009, 08:25 AM
3) CRT's were glossy
Yes, but only a little bit many of them diffused the reflections a lot more than the glossy screens on LCDs do, which made the reflections much less distracting.

Aug 8, 2009, 08:50 PM
Lighting in a room you are going to use a glossy LCD is everything.

Aug 8, 2009, 09:37 PM
I have one. I wish it wasn't glossy but there was no other option at the time.

In the evening (or in a dark room), there are minimal if any reflections. In the day time (or bright lights) the glass reflects what's sitting in front of it (or what's behind the person sitting in front of it). Mine iMac is not facing a window, which helps.

If you focus on the reflections, they are definitely there. However, your eye can be trained to ignore them. It reminds me of when I first started wearing eyeglasses. I saw every reflection and spec of dust on the lenses. In time, you learn to look through them.

Hopefully Apple learns to mill two-sided glass -- matte on one side and glossy on the other. For BTO, it can simply be inserted with the customer's preference (or turned around in an Apple Retail Store).