Anti-glare image quality

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  1. EBH macrumors newbie

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    All other things aside (design, eye strain, outdoor use and all that) how does image quality on the anti-glare compare to glossy?

    I don't care if it looks the same as what comes out of my printer, but I care about how everything looks on screen. Pictures, websites and games...

    As you might have guessed I can't lay eyes on the anti-glare where I live so I have to decide without seeing it... Does the quality resemble that of the old 30" cinema display? A store nearby has it and I think it's image quality is impressive...

    The last thing I wanna do is ending up with a screen that I think looks foggy - if you know what I mean..

    Sorry for creating another screen related thread ;)
     
  2. C64 macrumors 65816

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    From what I read in all the other threads the colors are very rich on the matte display. They just are a bit better on the glossy though (white more white, blacks more black), although it'll depend on the viewing angle and whether you can control the lighting in your surroundings.

    I also can't find a matte screen; all resellers in the area only have default configs on display :(
     
  3. MacNut macrumors Core

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    I disagree, I think the whites and blacks are richer on the matte.
     
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    Picture quality on the anti-glare hi res is superb. I had a 15" 2009 glossy and the anti-glare I have now beats it by far. Why are 30" displays matte? Well, I guess they are more color accurate, sharper, and crispier. Look at many videos on youtube, and pics over the web, you'll find a bunch.

    There's always a last resource.
     
  6. EBH thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks all, pic looks great, but of course it's very hard to judge a screen on another screen :)

    I didn't just mean any 30" display, I meant the old Apple Cinema display which is matte.. I have acces to it, so would be great to know how the anti-glare MBP screen compares to it - anyone?
     
  7. MacNut macrumors Core

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    These screens are such high res that you can see all the detail.
     
  8. EBH thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The 30" or the MBP screens? Or both?
     
  9. MacNut macrumors Core

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    What is the resolution of the 30? As for the 15 it is smaller screen so more pixels gives a sharper image.
     
  10. m85476585 macrumors 65816

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    The Cinema Display is likely an IPS panel, but the MBP display is a TN panel. A TN panel won't have as good of a color gamut or viewing angle a an IPS display, generally. The quality (amount of reflected light, lack of blurryness) should be similar, though.
     
  11. MacNut macrumors Core

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    The Cinema Display is a professional screen and should have a higher color range. For a 15 inch notebook the high res is perfect.
     
  12. EBH thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Not sure of the resolution on the 30" but my guess is that the ppi is higher on the 15" hi-res. I'm more concerned with blurrynes (which doesn't seem to be a problem though) and how vivid the colours look.. As far as I can tell from youtube videos, colours are a bit more vivid on the glossy.. red looks a bit reder :) So wish I could see that matte screen.. I hate the annoying glare, but love how crisp the MBP displays look...
     
  13. MacNut macrumors Core

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    The glossies to me give a unrealistic color representation. With the high res matte it is a huge difference over the older matte screens. The colors are vibrant and no glare. If there is a difference with the glossy it is very minimal and you can barely tell the deference. The matte just looks more natural.
     
  14. 2contagious macrumors 6502a

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    exactly my thoughts ;)
    glossy makes everything look "too good". better than it really is.. for viewing content that's awesome (that's why I think the glass/glossy screen on the iPad is appropriate), but on a MacBook Pro used for content editing, a matte screen is the way to go imo.
     
  15. EBH thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I really think I'll just end up closing my eyes and clicking randomly until I hit order. Let's hope I don't end with a ram upgrade and an SSD :D

    If what you say is true macnut, then I may go for matte. I don't really care if there is misrepresentation, I want things to look good and I'm not printing photos very often. But I just think the glossy is too glossy.. I like the glossiness of my white macbook, but I fear I wont be able to adjust to the glass screen... So if the matte is really a just as good screen as the glossy, but without the glare, then I guess I have my answer..
     
  16. EBH thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Have you ever compared the MBP matte to the cinema? If so please share your thoughts on the differences...
     
  17. MacNut macrumors Core

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    I haven't seen the new MBP matte next to the ADC but I would bet the 15 would look sharper with the ppi ratio being so high.

    Don't forget the ADC is a bright screen to begin with so I don't think you can really compare them side by side.
     
  18. Luba macrumors 6502a

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    IMO, the current AG is a bit clearer than the 30" ACD.
     
  19. ReallyBigFeet macrumors 68030

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    I think the matte looks very artificial. I prefer the vibrant colors and high contrast of the glossy. Everything just takes on a warmer hue.
     
  20. MacBird macrumors 6502

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    Are the monitors you are talking about calibrated?
     
  21. EBH thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Wow, if that's the case and the glossy looks even clearer then I can't really go wrong here... You guys have convinced me not to go for glossy purely because of image quality.. So I guess I'll start to consider all the other factors in this :)
     
  22. Luba macrumors 6502a

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    IMO, in terms of clarity: Hi Res Glossy > AG Hi Res > 30" ACD = 2009 AG, but it's by tiny amounts. You can't go wrong, I was impressed with the Hi Res AG.

     
  23. EBH thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, I'm already impressed with the ACD so think I'd love the matte.. I was just about to have another look at the design differences, but I guess that's not really what matters most..

    Just one more question actually: Do you think it hurts the resell value to go matte?
     

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