MBP: Glossy or Matte?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by advocation, Oct 18, 2006.

  1. advocation macrumors member

    Oct 18, 2006
    Yeovil, UK
    What are you opinions? I'm going to be ordering my 15" MBP and I cant seem to decide what i want! I've given up waiting for rev 2....

    I wont be doing much stuff outside but I will be working indoors, in an office environment, and while traveling, so at airports, on planes, and on busses etc.

    what would you guys reccomend?
  2. MaTiCeK macrumors member

    Apr 15, 2006
    I never had any glossy screens, I have a matte MBP and I'm happy with it. I am impressed by the colors glossy screens display, but I'm afraid of the mirror effect just too much.
    I can imagine that while on the road light conditions are not always the best, that's why i'd buy a matte one.
  3. bearbo macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    i bought and loved glossy, 1/2 of the time when i use it, there's sun directly shining on the screen.. but that doesn't bother me much

    and is 3 trillion other thread on this very same topic, with the same title not enough for you?
    for example, this this and this

    also try this
  4. maycontainnutz macrumors member


    Oct 5, 2006
  5. Teddy's macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2006
    come on, our friend is a 'newbie'
    I bought matte.
  6. XP Defector macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2006
    Well I'm on a MacBook so I didn't have the choice. However, I'm more than happy with it nevertheless. I very rarely use my notebook outside, so the sunlight never bothers me. I was using my friends MacBook Pro and his screen just looked dull in comparison. Either way, the displays Apple use are amazing.
  7. kevinliu4 macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2006
    I would go with glossy screen all the way. The colors are just a lot more vibrant and alive. Matte is just dull and lifeless.

    I don't know where you are planning to use your laptop, but I don't use mine outdoors. I'm not sure who would use their laptop more outdoors than indoors.
  8. bearbo macrumors 68000


    Jul 20, 2006
    i dont know why this thread is not closed.. but in case the OP is still wondering.. one of the only reason i'd go with matte is that if you want your LCD to display the true color as you printer would... glossy is a bit too rich in color than the true color
  9. ready2switch macrumors 6502

    Apr 7, 2006
    It's completely dependent on your personal preference. I'd suggest visiting a retailer (apple store, etc) and comparing the matte and glossy screens. You'll have an instant reaction to one or the other.

    Personally, I love the glossy, but I know a lot of people hate it.
  10. timmillwood macrumors 6502a

    Apr 7, 2006
    i was gonna go for glossy, but the colours a truer on matte and it wont double as a mirror
  11. pianoman macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    i have a glossy and there is hardly any reflection. the reflection that is there is only bothersome if you specifically focus on it. if you think you'll get distracted by the "mirror" effect, go with the matte and you'll never have to worry about it. i like the glossy because it seems sharper and i rarely notice the reflection.
  12. CrackedButter macrumors 68040


    Jan 15, 2003
    51st State of America
    Attention Mods:

    Can we make this a sticky please? It gets asked so often.
  13. extraextra macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2006
    If you're not doing anything too color-minded (like professional photography, graphic design), the glossy MBP is nice. It seems a little less glossy than the MB in the store, I'm not exactly sure why.
  14. slffl macrumors 65816


    Mar 5, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    I don't own a glossy, I own a matte 17" PB. But if there's one thing I've noticed from all these glossy vs matte threads, it's that most people who are against glossy have never used one (except for a few minutes in the store) and most you like glossy own one.

    It's kinda like how most who think 17" is too big have never owned one.
  15. extraextra macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2006
    I don't need to own a 17" notebook to know that it's too big for my needs. :p
  16. minnesotamacman macrumors regular

    Jul 22, 2006

    How is it newbies get to start a thread so easily???

    And I like glossy.
  17. TowerRat macrumors newbie

    Oct 16, 2006
    Washington State USA

    I totally agree.

    Glossy here too. Go check them out....
  18. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I went Matte, glossy displays are harder to "clean" (shirt wiping away dust :p). I also need more realistic color, as I am going to go into graphic design.
  19. Nar1117 macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2006
    If you get glossy, you're putting the Consumer screen on the Pro laptop.

    Just think about that for a bit... it helped me decide to get matte.
  20. mdntcallr macrumors 65816


    Aug 1, 2000
    Los Angeles, CA
    at the end of the day. most people prefer matte. They are easier, less glare and offer great visuals.

    If you do glossy. you get reflections and have the clean the screen even more often because you will see almost anything on it.

    you be the judge, but to me the choice is clear.

    Also Stores like have glossy, because it gives the impression to purchasers that it is new and shiny. wow. looks nice, but over time... you will psychologically get tired of that when you have to deal with glare.
  21. daze macrumors 6502


    Mar 11, 2006
    San Jose, California
    I had a MacBook for a bit with the glossy screen, and apart from your own reflection when turned off, it was really good. So go with glossy.
  22. CaptainCaveMann macrumors 68000


    Oct 5, 2004
  23. freshS0LE macrumors member


    Aug 3, 2006
    for your case...matte because you work outside a lot.

    but i love the look of glossy. it's something different since
    the older macs before were all matte. plus it does make
    pictures look just a little more vivid and bright.
  24. Me1000 macrumors 68000


    Jul 15, 2006
    Can i get an image of a glossy one compared to a matte ? :)
  25. plinkoman macrumors 65816


    Jul 2, 2003
    New York
    i've seen both, and all I can say you can pry my matte screen out of my cold dead hands.

    you say you don't notice the mirror effect like I do; I say I don't notice the dullness like you do.

    my point being, don't listen to people who state their opinion as if it were fact. look at both and make your own determination.

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