Gloss vs Matte Screen

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thriii, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. thriii macrumors 6502

    Feb 14, 2007
    I'm a web designer and I was just given a MacBook pro as a gift.. I know matte screens are better, but how much of a difference is it if I got a gloss screen?
  2. TMRaven macrumors 68020


    Nov 5, 2009
    They are better? I don't really think there's a clean-cut decision on the two. It all comes down to whether you're more often than not in a highly-lit place or in a place with direct light, or in a place with subdued and diffused light.
  3. DWBurke811 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 10, 2011
    Boca Raton, FL
    I wouldn't trade my glossy screen for anything. Hopefully when they refresh the Pro's, the 13" will get the option of a 1680x1050 screen, in glossy and matte(because it's all personal preference which you prefer).

    For the 15", high res glossy all the way imo.
  4. ct2k7 macrumors 603


    Aug 29, 2008
    London or Florida
  5. GuitarG20 macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2011
    i prefer the glossy over matte, but it all depends on what you want.
  6. henry72 macrumors 65816


    Jun 18, 2009
    New Zealand
    I prefer glossy screen. Matte screen is really hard to screen and it's not protected. I owned a 2010 17" MBP last year with a matte screen and I hate it. I mean the reflections on the screen is not a big deal for me, is not really noticeable. I sold it 3 months later :(

    Well, this is just my opinion. Is really up to you and this is all I can tell you :)
  7. vitzr macrumors 68030


    Jul 28, 2011
    All my fellow engineers prefer the same hi-res, anti-glare (matte) display like I use.

    We spend far too much time using them to have to put up with the mirror like reflections from the glass cover. It's worse than any other glossy laptop out there.

    And we don't even take them outside.
  8. derickdub macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2011
    The anti-glare gives a better sense of what colors naturally look like, and being a web designer I would think that is pretty important. Most people use matte screens so what looks good on your screen might look under-staturated on their screens.

    Personally I prefer the anti-glare, and unless you didn't really do anything but watch a lot of movies I don't see why you wouldn't get it. Glossy is useless for about anything else IMO. Really though, personal preference should outweigh anything else, just be careful when color reproduction is an important factor, it's not like you could opt for an IPS display or anything.
  9. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030


    Mar 22, 2011
    Tokyo, Japan
  10. psykick5 macrumors 6502

    Sep 4, 2011
    I like glossy, scuffing the bare screen sucks.
  11. Vudoo macrumors 6502a


    Sep 30, 2008
    Dallas Metroplex
    Will you be doing any image editing on the MBP? If so, you may find the glossy not true to color.
  12. kart macrumors regular

    Jul 16, 2011
    had matte, couldn't stand it, so i returned for a glossy. so much nicer.
  13. Kebabselector macrumors 68030


    May 25, 2007
    Birmingham, UK
    It's all down to personal preference.

    I've found the glossy screens on the MB/MBA fine to use, but I can't stand the MBP or the iMac (for me it's the glass cover that's the killer).
  14. Liquinn Suspended

    Apr 10, 2011
    I just saw someone on the train with a Macbook Air and iPhone, and the reflection of the light in the screen seemed so bad and annoying and I was just glancing at it. I may get the matte if I can buy in store now.
  15. bigjobby macrumors 65816

    Apr 7, 2010
    London, UK
    How many of these threads do we need on MR?

    Anyway, I much prefer the anti-glare but glossy would be handy if I need to dolly myself up for Saturday nights.
  16. SXR macrumors 6502a


    Nov 20, 2007
    I prefer glossy screens. But I kind of like the bezel around the matte screen on a MacBook Pro
  17. Akack macrumors 6502a

    Mar 5, 2011
    Bought both glossy and matte and after a 2 week trial promptly returned the matte. It's all personal preference, just liked the colors on the glossy more. The screen on the glossy is easier to clean but picks up more fingerprint smudge marks.
  18. thriii thread starter macrumors 6502

    Feb 14, 2007
    thx for the reply every1! im goin to tak ethe computer to the store and get store credit.. the MBP's are near the end of the cycle according to and hopefully theres info on some new MBPs with the conference coming up in october
  19. Liquinn Suspended

    Apr 10, 2011
    Thanks for that information :)

    I will mostly be converting videos and using Photoshop on my MBP.

    Can you even get a matte screen on the Air?
  20. XandeR803 macrumors member

    Jul 25, 2008
    Where do you do most of your work? If you're under controlled lighting, the glossy is probably fine. I wouldn't want to use the glossy under fluorescent lighting, with a window behind me, or outside though...unless you're really good looking and enjoy staring at yourself. :D
  21. hawk1410 macrumors 6502

    Jul 5, 2011
    I say this every time whenever someone asks this question, no one can answer this but you. It is all about personal preference, professionals usually prefer matte screens, but in the end it is all about personal preference. Both have equal color accuracy but the glossy has better contrast and the matte is brighter. But in the end it is all about personal preference. Go to your nearest Apple store they usually always have a matte screen laptop on display, compare the 2 and decide for yourself.
  22. squeakr macrumors 68000


    Apr 22, 2010
    Wow...finally a compelling reason for me to get rid of my matte screen and get the glossy. I have this exact scenario facing me!!!
    Fluorescent light: check Window behind me: check Hello good looking me!!!:D
  23. lc25 macrumors 6502

    Jul 31, 2009
    Glossy all the way for me, had a matt and sold it couldn't get along with it.
  24. JamesGorman macrumors 65816


    Dec 31, 2008
    Either are good. Ive used both and I've been happy with the two.

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