Anybody using iMac without glass?

Senji

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I thought I won't buy a new imac, because of the glossy glassdisplay. And, yes, I took a look at the imac at a gravis-store. I have seen it in real life and I don't like it.

BUT: As I have read, it is easy to remove the glass, so my question is: Has anybody already done this and is working now with a glassless imac? What are your impressions? Do you see any drawbacks (apart from fact, that it will look a little bit nerdy;)

Thnx
 

RRK

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I don't know about those sprays, but it does say that it is easily removable so its probably worth a try. I would like to know if one of those stick on screen protectors would work well.
 

mrgreen4242

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Feb 10, 2004
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That seems like a poorer solution than something like this.

Anyone tried it?
Throwing another layer of material between your eyes and the screen is not a better solution.

Assuming that the glass is just a piece of glass over the LCD it should world alright. You should also be able to pop off the glass panel and whip up a matte black border to pop in using the existing magnets to hold it in place. That would take care of the "nerdy looking" factor. I expect that this will become a good 3rd party accessory market in the next couple months. If no one beats me to it, I might try it out when I get my new iMac.
 

kabunaru

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Is it safe to leave the aluminium iMac without the glass panel for a long period of time?

If so, I would consider removing the glass panel.
 

hippo206

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there was a guy that did a whole write up on this, but I did a quick search and couldn't find it. Iirc he even made some kind of border so that it wouldn't look so bad. This was about 6 months ago.
 

drewsof07

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It seems sort of pointless to me if the screen underneath is glossy as well... :confused:
It would only help the glare to an extent, not really eliminate a significant amount.
 

Mr. Giver '94

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Erm, couldn't you just put it somewhere that doesn't receive direct sunlight. I really don't notice a glare on mine that often. The colors are so detailed and brilliant that it takes shining a light directly at the screen to notice something major.
 

kabunaru

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Erm, couldn't you just put it somewhere that doesn't receive direct sunlight. I really don't notice a glare on mine that often. The colors are so detailed and brilliant that it takes shining a light directly at the screen to notice something major.
The colours are over-saturated then and less accurate because of dual glossy displays (one underneath and the glass planel).
 

nick9191

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The colours are over-saturated then and less accurate because of dual glossy displays (one underneath and the glass planel).
How can clear non treated glass over saturate colour, but a treated matte display is true to colour?

The screen does nothing to the colour, a matte display on the other hand, disperses light that comes through it and dulls it. If colours look more vibrant on a glossy display, then its because matte screwed them up to begin with.

As for glare, glare comes about because of light in the room. A professional must make sure no light hits the display, be it matte or glossy. In the correct situation, there is zero glare or eye strain.
 

AAPLaday

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Sorry to drag up an old post but im going to try this today. I have a 20 inch late 2007 iMac and when i took the glass front off the display is much improved in my opinion. Much of the mirror effect is removed and while i know it isn't matte it does look much more like a matte screen. All i need now is a glass cutter so i can keep the black frame in place which i shall be picking up after work.
 

charlesbronsen

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Sorry to drag up an old post but im going to try this today. I have a 20 inch late 2007 iMac and when i took the glass front off the display is much improved in my opinion. Much of the mirror effect is removed and while i know it isn't matte it does look much more like a matte screen. All i need now is a glass cutter so i can keep the black frame in place which i shall be picking up after work.
very cool. Keep us updated, with pics too;)
 

cube

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I'd much rather buy my own glass/plastic or even alu to cut to shape than risk that.
There are colored plastic frames for the iMac. I don't know how well they would fit with the glass removed, though.

They are on sale for 10 bucks.
 

AAPLaday

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Ok i have the glass cutter and am preparing to cut the glass front. Just an extra note there is a slight dark tint on the glass as well which i don't care for. Will post later once i have completed the cutting

Why don't you like the glossy display?
For me its hard to use in daytime as no matter where i position the display i can see myself. I can counter this by turning up the brightness but this gives me eyestrain if i use it for too long.