Does Glossy Screen Scratch?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by donster28, Oct 25, 2006.

  1. donster28 macrumors 68000

    Oct 5, 2006
    Great White North
    Hi there. I'm about to purchase the new Core2Duo MBP but I'm am still deciding what type of screen to get it with.

    I know that the glossy one has better contrast compared to the matte but is it easy to scratch by simply wiping it? I don't care about the glare issue...been dealing with that with my PSP and I don't really mind it but if anyone knows, could I get your 2 cents?

    Also seen them at the Apple Store but since they have incandescent lighting there, I couldn't really exammine any screen scratches on the glossy ones.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Malus macrumors 6502

    Jul 19, 2005
    I have a macbook...the glossy screen is great. The "glare" isn't even existant where I have it set...or anywhere I use it. Also I clean mine off with a common undershirt and I have no scratches on mine...hope that helps.
  3. TaylorB macrumors regular

    Oct 13, 2006
    I'm sort of on the same boat. My MacBook Pro has been alot of places and I have the glossy screen. Nothing has scratched or anything like that. I just use microfiber cloths when someone touches my screen or gets a streak on it. I hope this helps your situation. :)
  4. donster28 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Oct 5, 2006
    Great White North
    Thanks very much for ur response guys.

    Just curious, did you ever check for scratches using a really bright light (like a desk lamp) over the screen? I do this to check for 'micro-scratches' on screens like the one on my PSP. Believe it or not, the PSP coating is actually pretty tough compared to the macbooks case coating! I wipe my PSP's screen with the microfiber cloth that came with it, blowing dust away first, and it doesn't scratch...well, not until after a a few weeks when the microfiber itself got a bit dirty over use. Long microfiber scratches start apearing and I was mad.

    I got rid of that black PSP since and got a white one with a screen protector and never been happier.

    Sorry for the long story but I just want you to know where I'm coming from. If the glossy MBP screen is tough enough without exhibiting micro-sratches after simply wiping it, then I will go for it.

    Again, thanks guys!
  5. kgarchar macrumors 6502

    Sep 21, 2006
    i used this polish when i had my macbook, and it was amazing

    it was the table cleaner at work, but it seriously would make my macbook look like it had a brand new screen when looking at it at every angle
  6. MACDRIVE macrumors 68000


    Feb 17, 2006
    Clovis, California
    In know what you mean because glossy plastic surfaces usually scratch very easy. I highly suspect that a lot of MB owners have scratches, but they probably haven't looked at their screens from the right angle or bright enough light.

    What's a PSP? :confused:
  7. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2005
    On the moon.
    A Sony PlayStation Portable game console.

    Or in my case, since I work at a Best Buy, a Performance Service Plan.
  8. MBPchef macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2006
    SF CA
    I love the glossy screen. Ive had no problems with "glare" like some ppl swear by. Colors are fantastic. Movies look great.

    As far as cleaning, i use a special screen cleaner by Monster, (originally for my mobile screens in my car)

    with a microfibre cloth, whenever i see any smears. So far, no scratches, but I take extremely good care of my MBP. :)
  9. tarjan macrumors regular

    Aug 11, 2006
    Regular plastic scratches. Most glossy screens, cell phones and other "clear" coverings on lcd panels at this point are NOT regular plastic and are much much more difficult to scratch. Problem is that they are potentially harmed by regular cleaners and they can cause said scratching.

    Never EVER use windex or something with amonia on your screen.

    Microfiber is the best choice for a cloth. And distilled water is best for wetting the cloth unless you need to use an actual cleaner, then use something designed for the purpose.

    Dont use a dirty cloth, and for gods sake, don't ever use paper towels. They are just asking for trouble.

    I haven't ever had to polish a screen, but there are plastic polishes out there. Can't say they are a good choice though, as they might remove the anti-scratch coating from the screen :(
  10. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    definitely. i use the cloth that came with my glasses, and there is not a speck of dust, a fingerprint, or a scratch to be seen. i use it on my iPod to keep it finger-print clean and scratch-free, and so far i haven't go any scratches on my iPod.

    by the way, great post tarjan :cool:
  11. mashinhead macrumors 68030

    Oct 7, 2003
    Is there any sort of scratch remover available for this. I got a small scratch on mine

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