Glossy Factor

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by asmallchild, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. asmallchild macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2007
    Finally decided on a MBP.

    Was torn between which color MB initially (since it really would be more than enough to fill my needs) but ultimately decided to ditch this idea because the white is rumored to discolour easily and the black is rumored to pick up fingerprints at will.

    Thought about the MBA briefly but really disliked the idea of having a non-user replacable battery as I intend to use this system over the next (hopefully) 5 years. (I've found I'm rather harsh in terms of treating laptop batteries and would at least like the option to replace it)

    So finally decided to go with a $2000MBP (after education discount)

    My question is, what's the difference between the glossy and the regular screen? Could anyone give a recommendation as to which one they prefer?
  2. robanga macrumors 68000


    Aug 25, 2007
    I chose the matte screen, because I am frequently in less than optimum light conditions when I travel. Also I have glossy on my iMac so I wanted something different on the MBP. Movies look better on glossy, but Matte is very popular.

    Best thing is to head into an Apple store if you can and look at them side by side.
  3. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I personally would get the matte screen because it is less strain on your eyes, doesn't reflect everything in the room, and doesn't have glare problems from light sources. Although some people like the more saturated look of the glossy screens better. You really should just go to an Apple store and try out a glossy and a matte screen though, you may find you will like the more saturated glossy screen and don't mind the reflections, or vice-versa.
  4. Neil321 macrumors 68040


    Nov 6, 2007
    Britain, Avatar Created By Bartelby
    Me i'd go matte,but if i was you i'd try a search as the glossy vs matte debate is one of the most popular on going threads on the forum
  5. EricVT macrumors member

    Feb 19, 2008
    There are ten dozen other threads about people torn between the matte and glossy screens, so you have plenty to read on both sides if you want to do a little digging.

    Personally, I chose the matte.
  6. cujoe86 macrumors member

    Mar 1, 2008
    yeah just do a search and you'll find several results. is one of them.

    Also at the moment, the mattes are shipping faster than the glossy. I'm sure Apple will catch up though. I changed my 17'' high-res order from a glossy to a matte on the 12th and today it is prepared for shipment. I ordered my glossy on March 1st and ship date was march 24th. Also got free priority shipping and a free apple remote for my wait :D
  7. EB66 macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2008
    i can tell you that my buddies 17" hi-res glossy looks fabulous but at certain times i really hate it when i find myself fighting the glare if there is a window behind me or something and if I were to choose I would pick the matte because they both are going to look great its just that I think the pros out weigh the cons
  8. sjb macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2007
    I had a hard time making this same decision when I bought my new MBP. Ultimately, I chose matte after trying both in the store. I like the looks of the glossy display, but the reflections are horrible, and just not good for my purposes.

    I would strongly urge you to go the store yourself and check out which will work best for you. You can also search these forums for what other people think.
  9. tsice19 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 16, 2008
    I love the glossy screen.

    However, when I plug it into my matte external monitor, switching between Matte and Glossy is annoying (seems as if the matte has better contrast).

    Also, in certain lighting conditions, there is a minor reflection of the room behind you.

    In the end however, when sitting with your MacBook, no ext. monitors, in an average lit room, you will find the glossy is much better looking than the matte.

    It's really just a matter of preference.
  10. Ibjr macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2002
    Eastern seaboard
    Just a heads up: Apple would replace a MBA battery for the same price you'd buy a macbook pro battery...
  11. Etrain macrumors 6502


    Feb 26, 2005
    Land of Cleve
    I have found that comparing them side by side is the best option. The glossy or matte debate is a very subjective topic. It all depends on your personal preference.
  12. asmallchild thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 25, 2007
    #12 do know you're making my purchase decision harder right? :p
  13. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Had the glossy for a few days. It's liveable, but still too much glare for my tastes.
  14. jus407 macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2008
    i personally love my glossy screen mbp (penryn), its amazing.

    glares yes every now and then but its NOT a big deal AT ALL

    i like the colors it produces and the depth it has

    and i dont do any photo editing or IT stuff on this its just surfing the net and listening to music
  15. MagnumJoe macrumors regular

    Feb 23, 2008
    I like glossy, during the day sometimes I see a reflection, but at night the with the lights on (low) in my room it appears to be matte. It personal preference, pick the one YOU will be happy with.
  16. soms macrumors 6502


    Dec 10, 2007
    Check them in the store, if you still can't decide get matte
  17. Ryox macrumors 6502a


    Oct 27, 2007
    I chose Matte, for photography and design work. I love this screen its just right I'll recommend it.
    What are you going to do on the MBP?
    best thing to do is check them both out at the Apple Store. Cant really go wrong with either screen.
  18. markrivers macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2008
    Valencia, California
    i wouldn't really recommend checking the displays in the apple store.
    they're deceiving.
    for one, most of the displays have hi-res LED already.
    yup! here in new england that's the case,
    when i opened my newly purchased penryn..
    ( did a lot of exchanges prior, that's why i want to open it there!)
    i maxed out the brightness and put it side by side with the 15 displays..
    to my surprise, my MBP was dimmer, only to fine out the displays have hi res

    and the lighting at the stores are overwhelmingly bright!:mad:
  19. WindowsOrMac macrumors newbie

    Feb 14, 2008
    Well... Matte renders more realistic color & contrast. Glossy looks flashy and is really fitting for the aesthetic shine of os x. If you are someone that needs the MBP for photo work, I'd go with the Matte. If you don't have a vested interest in color, go with the glossy, it looks cooler. Personally I got the matte because I do animation/film/photo stuff, but I've played with the glossy at the apple store and its totally beautiful. Soooo there you go.

  20. johnnyjibbs macrumors 68030


    Sep 18, 2003
    London, UK
    I'm glad I went glossy.

    I think people make this a bigger deal than it is. My old 12" PB is matte. My new 15" is glossy. I can't really compare the two because the new one is much brighter. But it is very sharp and most of the time you cannot see any reflection. In fact, I've not yet encountered in a week of having it any time when I couldn't see the screen or I found it to be annoying.

    But it's great for watching movies and it's lovely and bright.
  21. sjb macrumors regular

    Jul 3, 2007
    I assume you have a 17in? I think for 15in the store would be a good place to make a comparison. I don't think they have a hi-res LED in any model other than the 17in.
  22. markrivers macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2008
    Valencia, California

    no i have the 15 2.4 Ghz.

    apple stores have been doing this eversince. ( here in new england)
    for example, august 07 when the MB have only 1G RAM standard..
    all the displays have a 2GB on them,
    making them run faster compared to their " stock" counter parts
    that's why when my buddy bought his MB, he thought his MB was slow since it has only 1 GB.

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