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Old Aug 21, 2009, 02:25 PM   #1
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Color accuracy different for glossy vs matte?

I am in the process of deciding which macbook pro to get for my new job. I am in the web design business and wanted to know if the glossy vs matte has any difference in color accuracy/difference in calibration.

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Old Aug 21, 2009, 02:28 PM   #2
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Glossy had a tendency to be super-saturated. Calibration will help, but matte is generally regarded as better for color accuracy.
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Old Aug 21, 2009, 03:18 PM   #3
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it is the same LCD panel on either model, but the glass does interfere slightly with color accuracy i have heard.
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Old Aug 21, 2009, 03:38 PM   #4
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just calibrate the monitor... and supersaturated is a bit strong of a word... i think the deeper blacks makes the colors have more tonal range and in effect seems to be more saturated... but i stared at the 15 matte... i dont think theres color differences at all... only in the blacks was there a difference slight possibly nonexistant difference...
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it is the same LCD panel on either model, but the glass does interfere slightly with color accuracy i have heard.
has this been established with certainty?
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Old Aug 21, 2009, 07:52 PM   #6
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These are all urban myths. It's been shown by photographers who actually bother to calibrate the screens that glossy and matte are both about the same level of color accuracy. Here's one article on calibrating the screens:

http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/mul...=7-10041-10146
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Old Aug 21, 2009, 08:18 PM   #7
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has this been established with certainty?
Yes. It is in the article linked above.
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Old Aug 21, 2009, 11:31 PM   #8
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Yes. It is in the article linked above.
What's been established? The article notes the glossy reflection issue, but notes no color accuracy difference between glossy and matte.
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What's been established? The article notes the glossy reflection issue, but notes no color accuracy difference between glossy and matte.
that was in reference to the LCD panels in the matte & glossy models being the same.
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Old Aug 23, 2009, 02:08 PM   #10
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I have a 17 glossy UMBP and a 22" IPS Matte monitor.

After calibrating both with huey pro they look exactly the same, colors, blacks, saturation, the same.......except one has reflections.
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After calibrating both with huey pro they look exactly the same, colors, blacks, saturation, the same.......except one has reflections.
That's really the issue isn't it? People are relying on their opinions based on the default out of the box colors. Judgments based on color needs to be made from computers that have been calibrated the same. Very few people actually calibrate their monitors so of course they are going to look different.

I think the problem is also because there are no set standard for colors out of the box. If there was then every manufacture will calibrated their monitors to match that standard before leaving the factory. I believe Apple uses the same color setting for both glossy and matte to make it easier for them but you can't use the same settings because one needs to compensate for the other in order to make them display the same colors.

One analogy that can be used is with two people with different eye glass prescriptions. We all know that 20/20 vision is what is consider correct but these two people will require two different eye glasses in order to see 20/20. Calibrating a monitor would be the equivalent of the eye glasses in order to see things the same. Basically one would require a stronger prescription than the other or one monitor will need more saturation boost in order to display the colors the same, etc, etc.

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has this been established with certainty?
Apple either puts 'glass' (it's not really glass, but whatever) on top, or it puts the matte plastic screen with aluminium bezel around it. The actual LCD panel used in the glossy and matte MBPs are the same. Why would they be different? It doesn't make any sense, and it would cost Apple more money, and be more trouble in terms of manufacturing, and keeping displays in stock.
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