15" glossy vs matte for small presentations?

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  1. dmaxdmax macrumors 6502

    dmaxdmax

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    Is 15" matte or glossy better for showing something to 6-8 people crowded around a table? I teach after-school video editing and don't have the guarantee of a projector or even an external monitor. (actual editing happens in smaller groups so that part isn't a problem but I need to show examples and final results to the whole group.)

    I'm getting an ACD for desk work so wouldn't be stuck w/glossy full-time.
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Matte would probably be better in my opinion because of the glare of reflections from a glossy display.
     
  3. dmaxdmax thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is there any practical difference in brightness/clarity at 6ish feet?
     
  4. taylorwilsdon macrumors 68000

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    I've always though that Glossy was brighter and clearer if you're in a controlled-light environment.

    Disclaimer: My Macbook Pros, as well as every other screen I own, are Matte. I'm basing this only on seeing the Macbook Pro's at the Apple Store.
     
  5. iBookG4user macrumors 604

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    I'd say matte, although if the lights don't shine on the screen so you get glare, then you could get away with using a glossy. If you're unsure of how the lights will affect the screen, get the matte screen.
     
  6. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

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    I choose glossy. Most of the time it will be just me looking at the screen, so I can adjust viewing angles. However, for that many people, you're going to want to get matte. Even if you see the screen great with glossy, probably someone from a different angle won't be able to see as well.
     
  7. uicandrew macrumors 6502a

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    from personal experience, i think matte has a wider range of viewing angle. mine is glossy, but i'm the only one who uses it
     
  8. dmaxdmax thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well, I suppose I could be a test subject on the whole matte/glossy thing. If I have an ACD w/a glossy MBP it would be easy to see over time if I found myself using one more than the other (in those situations where I have a choice). If I'm surfing/emailing in the comfy chair and find myself gravitating to the office ACD it might mean I prefer the matte experience. (Or it might mean that I like more real estate regardless of the finish, proving nothing).

    Of course if I don't move it could just mean I'm lazy.

    Thanks for all the advice. I'll post a review when the time comes. (tax holiday + shipping days)
     

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