Glossy Or Matte?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by lexus, Jan 16, 2007.


Glossy Or Matte

  1. Glossy

  2. Matte

  1. lexus macrumors 68000


    Mar 26, 2006
    Depends Greatly On The Weather
    I am ordering a 17 MBP and I need to know whether to get Glossy or Matte.

    Please Vote.

  2. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2006
    Clemson, SC
    I couldn't decide either, but when I saw pictures of the glossy MBPs, I just fell in love.

    It helps, too, if you have an external monitor for those times when you need better color accuracy.
  3. DarkNetworks macrumors 68000


    Apr 12, 2005
    Don't see a reason not to go glossy when you've the option to.
  4. Agurri macrumors 6502


    May 8, 2005
    Québec, Canada
    Glossy all the way ... the colors are sharp and clean, just as I like.
  5. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    It's a very personal preference. Glossy increases reflections but also gives darker blacks. I personally prefer glossy and think that once you've made the switch you never go back, but for graphic design it may well be easier on the eyes to not have to fight with reflections.
  6. ImaMac79 macrumors newbie


    Jan 16, 2007
    I'm having the same decision issues

    I am in the market for a 15.4" Macbook Pro C2D and can't decide between the glossy or the matte. I haven't actually seen either one in person so I really don't know. I like the look of the glossy, but again the increased reflection is always a concern.
  7. eluk macrumors 6502a


    Dec 14, 2006
    East London, UK
    As has already been stated this is a very personal judgement. I opted for matte as it just looked right for me. This choice has been vindicated through use.
  8. Lovesong macrumors 65816


    Sep 15, 2006
    Stuck beween a rock and a hard place
    This has been beaten to a pulp in the MacBook Forums. The simple answer is that if you are a professional graphics person, who needs the color accuracy, and have no access to an external display, then you really need to go with the matte. The glossy basically saturates the colors, making them more vibrant and ... I guess you get more of that "POP" from your screen. I went with the 15" glossy despite the fact that I do some color- specific editing b/c I have a 24" monitor I can calibrate to my heart's desire. To be honest I like the glossy for general use, and I think the look of it is nicer than my large display.
  9. Camui macrumors member

    Jan 10, 2007
    I also agree that this is definitely a personal preference. With that being said, personally, I would go matte. The glare and reflections of glossy are too much for me to handle.
  10. Apple2Mac macrumors regular


    Sep 3, 2006
    I owned a 15 PowerBook G4 previously to getting my 17 glossy. I have to say I love the glossy, it great for viewing pictures and movies. it does have a bit more glare but its a small compromise...
  11. michaelsaxon macrumors 6502

    Nov 15, 2006
    I had a glossy Macbook and now a matte Macbook Pro. I prefer the matte, by a longshot. I don't notice the black being much lighter on the matte and I there is definitely a big reduction in glare.
  12. neyoung macrumors member

    Jan 15, 2007
    The best thing to do is go into your local apple store and check the two out. If you don't have one near you maybe you know someone with a glossy/matte that you can look at. It all comes down to personal opinion. I prefer the glossy, but others like the matte. Its a toss up.

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