Are MBA screens anti-glare?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Yumunum, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. Yumunum macrumors 65816


    Apr 24, 2011
    I've only briefly looked at a MBP anti-glare screen, and I wasn't able to compare it to my Air... So I was wondering some things

    Are the screens the same? Is this what would be considered a "matte" display? Basically, I'm wondering if MBAs are using anti-glare screens just like the Pros can be custom ordered to have
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    No, they are not. They are using glossy screens. The difference is that they do not have the glass covering the screens like most of the MacBook Pros do.
  3. MrCheeto macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2008
    Search online for antiglare film. Just choose the right size for your MacBook Air.
  4. bandofbrothers macrumors 601


    Oct 14, 2007
    I use mine inside so im not affected by the sun hitting the screen.

    On balance tho I do live in the Uk so if I went outside our rainy climate would probably disagree with my MBA !! lol. :(
  5. Azathoth macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2009
    I wrote a more detailed reply to a similar question a few months ago. The short answer:

    MBA screen is glossy, with an anti-reflection coating
    MBP screen is glossy, with an anti-reflection coating and an extra layer of glass over the screen (which has no coating)
    MBP "anti-glare" is matte, no layer of extra glass. This option is only available on the 15 and 17" MBP, unfortunately.

    In terms of susceptability to glare:

    MBP AG < MBA < MBP

    I have a MBP AG - am considering an MBA. Could not use a "standard" MBP because of the reflection issues. YMMV
  6. jltj macrumors member

    Jul 7, 2008
    I really appreciate the anti-reflection coating on the MBA. I have an iMac which I often watch movies on and I hate how I'd suddenly realise I'm staring at myself whenever a dark scene comes on, it takes me out of the moment! With the MBA, that doesn't happen, at worst, I might see a silhouette of myself in the screen, but the minor distraction is nothing compared to the iMac glass.
  7. LRJordan macrumors member

    Jul 14, 2011
    Tamworth, England
  8. aa521490 macrumors regular

    Dec 25, 2007

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