Can someone for the love of god take a pic of the matte and gloss screens for me

Discussion in 'Picture Gallery' started by glow9, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. glow9 macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2006
    Okay so the debates everywhere theres even a poll on this website. But I cannot find a side by side comparrison of macbook pro glossy and matte. Please take one if you can or post a pic. Even if it's just of yours glossy or matte I don't care I just want to see the difference.
  2. stevehp macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2006
    It's not a house, it's a home.
    it's pretty hard to decide from seeing pictures of both.

    go matte.
  3. Over Achiever macrumors 68000

    Over Achiever

    Jul 22, 2002
    Toledo, OH, formerly Twin Cities, MN
    Are you able to get to an Apple store, because that really is the best way to see the difference (besides owning one on your own). Compare the Macbook and the Macbook Pros in the stores.

    I could take pictures of the two (I have a black macbook and a 17" powerbook), but it really depends on the light source, use of flash/no flash, what's on the screen, how bright the room is, etc etc. You really just have to use it to see if it bothers you or not. I personally love glossy.
  4. glow9 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 29, 2006
    No there isn't a mac store here.
  5. iJon macrumors 604


    Feb 7, 2002
    If you have anywhere near you that sells recent PC laptops you can check them out there. Best Buy and Circuity City should have plenty of models with the glossy screen and have the same looks and effects that the screen Apple uses.

    As from someone who has used both Apple matte and glossy screens I would have to say a picture probably wouldn't give you much detail.

  6. andrewfee macrumors 6502

    Aug 29, 2004
    If I ever get my MacBook Pro (I've been without a computer for 3.5 months since sending my Powerbook in to Apple for repair) I'll take comparison shots with it and my sister's MacBook.

    I've owned a Sony XBlack LCD monitor, and have been using my sister's MacBook for the last 2/3 weeks. Go with a matte screen.

    With the Sony XBlack monitor I had, the glossy screen was great as I was able to put it in a location that didn't get reflections, and it added a nice level of punch / depth to the image. (it was mostly used for watching TV/playing games)

    The MacBook, however, is used all around the house, and I'm constantly repositioning it to avoid glare, and often end up using it at an angle, which is very annoying.

    If you're doing any kind of image editing, or anything that requires accuracy, forget a glossy screen. If not, make sure you like sitting in the dark, or can move so that any light source is in front of you.

    Here's some quick snaps from where I'm sitting right now. Browsing the web:

    In the dark.
    Light turned on.

    Lots of people say the glossy screens are better for games. Well, they are and they aren't. They usually have richer blacks, and stronger colours, but most of the games I see these days often have a lot of dark areas, which I would imagine are quite hard to see with glossy. Here's a snap from a game trailer:

    In the dark.
    With the light on.

    With a matte screen, these bright areas would be very diffused, and would just be a slightly brighter area, rather than making that section unreadable.

    I don't know how it compares to the MacBook Pro screens, but colour isn't great on this (lack of accuracy - they're strong enough) viewing angles are very poor, and contrast is only measuring about 38:1 on/off. (it's not nearly as bad as it sounds) Perhaps it's just like this as it's a "consumer" machine, rather than pro, but my Powerbook was much better than that, around 150:1 if I remember correctly. (but it maxed out at 90cd/m2, whereas this can go to 190cd/m2, which is far better for viewing in a brighter room)

Share This Page