Anti-Glare & Glossy side by side pictures - please don't fight!

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  1. Mcmac17 macrumors member

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    I thought it might be helpful to add some more comparison pictures for anyone thinking of buying who can't get to see them in person.

    Both screens are calibrated & are on full brightness. There's a window to the right of the shot. I took them yesterday afternoon - so it was daylight but there wasn't dazzling sunshine directly on the screens.

    I'm not trying to start another fight about which is better - FWIW I like them both for different reasons.

    I have taken two pics of each colour as the right hand one is closer to the window and I didn't want to be accused of bias.

    Excuse the close cropping and the pic quality, but I didn't have time to make my desktop or the shots look particularly beautiful!
     

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  2. Mcmac17 thread starter macrumors member

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    here's more...
     

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    ...final lot...
     

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  4. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

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    Great concept, but in order to really tell the difference between the screens, we kinda need higher quality pictures.

    God, that matte display looks gorgeous...
     
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    +1
     
  7. magamo macrumors 6502

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    The matte display looks better in these pics when it comes to color and reflection, but it seems to me that the black hinge and keys match up with the black frame better.
     
  8. Pika macrumors 68000

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    The black bezel gives you an iphone style feeling.
     
  9. magamo macrumors 6502

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    Ah, it sure looks like a huge iphone display. Somehow I find it more aesthetically pleasing.
     
  10. Mcmac17 thread starter macrumors member

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    Here's 1 pic at higher res. Sorry don't have time at the mo to do more, I really ought to be working :) And I'm sure I'm not camerawoman enough to nail it either. I'd really recommend anyone swithering to go and see them in person.
     

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    I'd agree with that info…go see them both if possible in the store. I have all matte Macs at the moment but the girlfriend has the new UMB and the screen seems fine to me and I've taken it all over to see if it would be really bad, such as out in the back yard under the sun. Both types of screens really depend what one can get along with. Either one would be ok with me but my art room is in my basement and only one small window (glass block no less) do I ever have to contend with :rolleyes:
    I guess in the long run, no large screen HDTV LCD (notice I didn't mention plasma) has a glassy screen, my 42" nor 32" HDTV is matte and thus minimal glare as both face windows. Everything is subjective and each side is right for each individual that chooses said type of screen.
    Now I'm not sure if all Apple Stores carry (sell) both because I really wouldn't want to get a BTO just for the screen as it would be nice to buy one at a store and go home with one that very day but I'll just have to see about that when the time comes.
     
  12. zer0tails macrumors 65816

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    thanks OP for taking time to post these pictures. You mentioned in your first post that you like them both for different reasons.

    Could you please share what they are? :)
     
  13. zer0tails macrumors 65816

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    i agree. The matte display looks absolutely gorgeous in these pics. No reflections in the sun makes it even sweeter :p

    kinda wish I had ordered a matte 17" now
     
  14. Sesshi macrumors G3

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    The matte makes the MBP much more usable in actually portable situations. But of course I don't take the 17's portable that frequently.

    It's way too often that I have to make like a Bollywood dancer bobbing my head back and forth to catch the best image on the MB / MBP15's.

    The screen is definitely one of the better 17-inchers I've seen, although Dell and Sony feature better screens on their 17-inch flagships. Some have complained about patchy backlighting on the matte - and wobbly QC wouldn't surprise me - but all of mine seem to be fine.
     
  15. Mcmac17 thread starter macrumors member

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    Well, the glossy is just jaw-droppingly beautiful. The image is stunning - if it is in the right lighting conditions. The black colours seem better and the colours in general 'jump out' at you more. To me the black surround looks more professional. It is very reflective though in some conditions and on blacks/dark colours especially.

    The anti-glare, as you might expect, deals fabulously with all sorts of lighting conditions (bright sunlight, overhead lights etc). The colours are great - although when compared side by side to the glossy the black seems perhaps a wee bit weak and the colours are not just quite as zingy (I've only had the anti-glare a day so I have not tinkered with the calibration much - this could probably be adjusted?) I am not a design professional so these may well be more accurate colours as far as reproduction/print goes. The difference is pretty minor to my eyes though. I find the silver surround a little distracting (but it's only day 2 so I'm sure I'll get used to it shortly).

    I ordered the glossy as my first ever mac - I was concerned that the anti-glare wouldn't look as sharp. But unfortunately (or not) the fans broke within a month. In the meantime, I saw the anti-glare in person and was really impressed, so I asked them to upgrade to antiglare on the replacement. I often can't control the lighting where I use it (on trains, on a boat and indoors next to windows) so I decided it was better to have full use of the long battery life with the anti-glare (because it won't need to be run on such a high brightness setting).

    So, I'll be sad to say goodbye to the black surround, but not to the mirror-qualities in bright conditions. Both are lovely in their own way. If only I didn't have to send one back... :D
     
  16. Cathode macrumors regular

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    I previously owned a matte 15" MacBook Pro. I shortly replaced it with a 15" Glossy Unibody MacBook Pro in November 2008 when they were first released.

    I am going to have to admit that I have really grown attached to the glossy display. I really love how it makes colours "pop". With that being said, there are times where I'm located in a place with such lighting it can be highly annoying to use. Saving power by "reducing brightness" is almost impossible without looking into the mirror Apple calls a display. However, in my moderately lit home it's incredibly beautiful and a pleasure to use.

    So, I highly recommend you take your time and really think about which one really suits you and what your lighting condition are.
     
  17. ViciousShadow21 macrumors 68020

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    lean to the left, lean to the right, stand up sit down, fight fight fight!!

    for me the glassy/glossy looks better. for me it is the same effect that plasma has over LCD. the image seems more real somehow. i call it the "window effect." the glass in front of the screen gives the illusion that you are looking thru at it. this makes the image seem more 3 dimensional. with an LCD or matte screen the image looks very dull (not color wise just realism wise).
     
  18. Schtumple macrumors 601

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    You can clearly see which is which, doesn't take a genius to figure it out...

    Black bezel = Glossy

    Silver bezel = Matte

    Hell in half the pictures you can SEE which is which, in future, don't be so rude and grow up already...
     
  19. zer0tails macrumors 65816

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    wowow lucky you've got to experience the best of both worlds :) I'm anxiously awaiting my unibody glassy macbook pro now too.
     
  20. Mcmac17 thread starter macrumors member

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    What's with the sentence case and the curt tone - is this you shouting at me?
     
  21. Mcmac17 thread starter macrumors member

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    Ha! I didn't feel lucky when the 1st one started making a noise like an olde worlde film projector - but it has worked out well.

    The glossy is lovely. I'm sure you'll love it :)
     
  22. apersianboyCOM macrumors 6502

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    ditto... and the glossy display looks sharper :)
    and I love that the isight camera can't be seen on the glossy until it's on! on the matte it stands out like a sore thumb!
     
  23. gan6660 macrumors 65816

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    Sorry to ask but why do you have 2 17inch macbook pros?
     
  24. magamo macrumors 6502

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    says a guy who owns 3 ipods and 5 game consoles. Come to think of it, I have 4 laptops in my room too.
     
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    Haha, good spotting...
     

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