anti glare vs. glossy

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by zsobes, Aug 3, 2011.

  1. zsobes macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2011
    I'm about to purchase a new macbook pro and I can't decide between glossy and anti glare. I saw both in the store but I still couldnt decide, I liked both a lot. I'm going to be a freshman in college, not planning on doing anything out of the ordinary with the laptop except running microsoft office, the internet, and watching some tv/sports. Will the glossy really end up straining my eyes eventually?
  2. Pikkuroope macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2008
    So you didn't bother using the search or mroogle to find one of the thousands of existing threads about this topic? No need creating a new one.
  3. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    I haven't seen one of these threads this week, I guess we were overdue.
  4. Contiguous macrumors member

    Jul 22, 2011
    Don't worry, Apple is coming out with a half glossy, half anti-glare screen soon. That will put an end to these threads!
  5. JronMasteR macrumors 6502


    May 4, 2011
  6. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    MRoogle is dead, but one can use the advanced forum or Google search found on the top every forum page I guess:

  7. rockyroad55 macrumors 601


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
    I believe that's the one with the glass bezel. Glossy bezel and anti-glare screen!

    Anyway, OP, it's your money, do what you want. I prefer the glossy just because I feel like it since I like shiny things. Both are good, but there's no difference between the two no matter what major you choose in college. I would not spend the cash for the AG since you are a student and you may be inside most of the time and will not have to worry about extreme sunlight outside?
  8. jreuschl macrumors 6502

    Dec 31, 2008
    It would not strain your eyes. It is possible you may get excessive glare if you are by windows though.
  9. prochembro macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2011
    I honestly don't see the need for getting an AG unless you use your MPB outdoors or super sensitive to any glare.

    Otherwise in 90% of buildings/homes/offices that I use my laptop, glare is never a problem unless they're windows directly behind me.

    The gloss screen has incredible color and contrast, one of the best I've ever seen. The AG screen while pretty good just looks a bit dull and underwhelming.
  10. palpatine macrumors 68040

    May 3, 2011
    Many people have strong feelings on this topic. I have the glossy and prefer it. Others don't. You seem to be in the middle, so you are lucky, and get to choose whatever you feel like. In truth, I think most people are the same. They don't really care either way. Flip a coin?
  11. Sam2lucky13 macrumors 6502


    May 26, 2011

    I needed a laugh...fine work
  12. captkirkmtl macrumors newbie

    Nov 27, 2010
    Hi there,

    Just choose the glossy. The anti-glare one usually the choice for professionals who deal with images such as graphic designers. Your better off going with the glossy because it gives you that "feel good" feeling of your laptop.

    Just get the glossy. :)
  13. randomrazr macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2011
    almost everyone in ym school has the macbook with glossy display

    i chose anti glare not because ots anti glare, but it looks different XD
  14. spook2517 macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2008
    I have a glossy and use my MBP indoors/outdoors. Typically as a monitor or for quick video editing. I am happy with the glossy and if the sun is an issue; I move or reposition.
  15. Michael383 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2011
  16. Resist macrumors 68030

    Jan 15, 2008
    I like the glossy, because it has a black bezel, which looks better. The screen also has glass over the screen, which makes it more sturdy and easier to clean without fear of damaging it.
  17. randomrazr macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2011
    i have antiglare and do like it but for "looks" glossy is so much sexier. the blackframe just balances right with the black keyboard.

    the anti glare silver bezel over powers the black/silver theme.

    in otherwords i think the glossy one will turn you on more than anti glare

    just my 2 cents XD
  18. head honcho 123 macrumors 6502

    Dec 18, 2008
    New York
    if ur gonna use the mbp a lot indoors where there is a lot of lighting... then use antiglare (bc of reflections)

    if ur gonna use the mbp a lot outdoors... then use antiglare (sun reflections... unless u like working in the darkness of the night)

    if ur gonna watch a ton of movies and play lots of games... then glossy (vivid colors and blacks will be amazing)

    that's it for me...

    i personally have antiglare
  19. underblu macrumors regular

    Apr 19, 2010
    I much prefer the antiglare.

    A. It's better for any sort of graphic work, more accurate in reproducing colors.

    B. It's a laptop so I use it everywhere, some places with less than optimal lighting conditions. The screen stays bright and glare free.

    C. I believe the AG is a touch lighter since it doesn't have the extra weight of the glass.

    D. I think the AG looks cooler with its matching bezel and seems to be in keeping with the style setter and recently updated MBA.

    At the end of the day though it's a very personal choice. If you liked both equally the AG costs more so keep that in mind.

    For me, the AG display on the MBP is my favorite display currently offered by Apple. While it's not going to beat out a high end IPS display for graphic work, it will at least keep you in the game.

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