Glossy or Anti-Glare Macbook Pro for designer? Color depth, quality

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  1. macmania82 macrumors regular

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    Hi friends,

    I'm about to buy a macbook pro (hopefully this time : ) )

    Do you recommend Glossy or Anti-Glare Macbook Pro for a designer?

    I actually want to know about color depth, color quality, etc... I already know Glossy is really too glossy :D at sun light, even at a normal room light.

    Thanks a lot...
     
  2. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    If you are going to be a designer, you are going to have another monitor is the general sang around here. Obviously the Anti-Glare would effect color less.
     
  3. macmania82 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I read at forums that professional graphic designers prefers anti-glare screen!
     
  4. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    Yes, that is fairly understood. But like I posted above, most people that would consider themselves to be part of that segment of the population would demand an external screen.
     
  5. macmania82 thread starter macrumors regular

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    actually an external monitor is not an option for me. all about financial matter :/ i cant afford that.
     
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    The only reason they prefer an anti-glare screen is because of the reflections. Anti-glare doesn't give you better color gamut or color accuracy. Neither does glossy/glassy. Both are simply a covering over the LCD panel. Just get the glossy. and position yourself so you don't have a huge window or bright light behind you. A recent report said that the current MBP LCD screens are excellent for photographers with much greater color gamut and color accuracy than ever before. A comparison of the Lenovo W700 suggested the MBP was similar in screen quality. Not significantly better, just on par.
     
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    As a professional graphic designer, with a glossy 24" Rev A iMac 2.8 Extreme....I always say, 'back in the day'.....when we used CRTs, we had to apply a hood and/or walk into a darkened room or completely dark room for 'color accuracy', etc.

    Today is the non-ending debate on this forum and others about glossy screens, etc. yes there are times when the glossy screen reflects too much. And yes you have to use some control on where you use these glossy screens, but having switched from a G4 desktop with an ADC Apple monitor, to the iMac I have to say that the colors are much more accurate with the glossy screen and the matt ADC monitors I had used in the past.

    Working both in print and web design I see no difference in my work i print or on the web with this glossy monitor.

    For me glossy is the way to go.
     
  9. macmania82 thread starter macrumors regular

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    yes obviously glossy looks more cool!

    but on the other hand, I'm a freelancer and I love to work out of home office, so often I go to Starbucks or such places, and i just have no control about light in such places :( it worries me actually, if glossy will be just a mirror that shows what is happening behind me rather than showing what I'm working on... :confused:
     
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    Honestly this isn't a "real" issue. Either don't go to Starbucks, don't bring your MBP, or sit in a place where the backlighting isn't causing a reflection. No difficult thought processes should be engaged here...
     
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    If you are concerned about reflections, definitely go matte.
     
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    If you're NOT after more of the "the new MBPs have screens that are too glossy" discussions around here, then the only thing I can say is this:


    Based on some basic physics/optics, glossy displays will probably show you a sharper image. Perhaps it's not very perceptible to users, but if we're only talking about physics, the difference definitely exists. To use an analogy, a glossy screen has a smoother surface (on a microscopic scale) and that's why light that reflects off a smooth surface will mostly reflect at the same angle (at the angle of incidence). A matte surface is always a bit more grainy, so when light reflects, it's not all going to reflect at the same angle. Instead, you'll see a completely incoherent image, as the reflection won't represent any particular item behind you. Things reflects, but the reflection is just a blur, and it doesn't hurt your eyes. :)

    The light coming from the display, which must pass through the matte surface before reaching your eyes, will scatter at all sorts of angles when it encounters the "bumpy" matte surface. Your eyes will detect some of these scattered photons, and so images may appear more blurred. It should also have a slightly lower contrast, since the scattered photons that your eyes detect will be essentially noise. That's how it works in photography, x-ray imaging, CT imaging, etc ---- scattered light/photons usually result in lower contrast.

    Again, whether a difference in sharpness or contrast is high enough to be detectable is another question entirely. The difference may be so small that it doesn't matter, but in terms of physics, I think the difference does exist. However, what MATTERS is reality!!! If it's too small to be perceptable, then don't worry. :) I don't know if the difference is small enough though.


    However, in my opinion as a user, I'd choose a MATTE display. ;) Both displays are going to be sharp and have good contrast. The matte would be good in all work environments, while the glossy screens are only good in SOME conditions. That's not good enough, IMO.
     
  13. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Err... that's not right. I think you mean a smoother surface doesn't scatter light as much, which is different than reflecting. Matte/bumpy surfaces scatter light every which way- giving them their "soft" look.
     
  14. macmania82 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hi @Abstract, thanks for some detailed info ;)

    I also heard that when you work long hours with glossy screen, it makes your eyes tired and even giving you headache. Maybe it is just a silly rumor : ) do yo guys know anything about that. As a freelance I have many looooong working days-nights...
     
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    Sorry, that's what I meant. I edited my post (a lot) since I first posted it.

    I always have to edit posts to make it clearer. :eek:
     
  16. macmania82 thread starter macrumors regular

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    this is a anti-glare screen, isnt it? as i know so far, anti-glare macbook pro has white frame. :confused:

    I really like this black frame. if really there is such anti-glare with black border, this is what I will go for! :D



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    Anti-glare is only available on the 17" MBP. The matte screens have a silver bezel, not white. ;) I think it looks good. Very unique.

    Also, if you're watching a movie or something, where the image is mostly black, it won't look as good because the black you see in the image will never be as black as the black bezel. The black bezel will ALWAYS look blacker than the black you see on the screen, since (laptop) LCDs aren't capable of displaying deep blacks.....or not as black as the bezel. Same complaint people have with LCD versus plasma TVs, although the most expensive LCD TVs are better at displaying black now.

    With a silver bezel, the not-so-black black in an image isn't as obvious, as there's nothing black to compare it to.


    Note that this isn't an issue for me whatsoever. I'm not picky at all. I'm just talking shop. ;)
     
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    The AG display is also lighter, not sure how much lighter though.
     
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    If you're a freelance graphic designer you should know what kind of screen you should be using... I would be highly unimpressed by a freelance designer I was paying if they didn't know even these basic things about their equipment! It's like a surgeon asking "gee, should I be using a scalpel or this butter knife?"

    But it seems like you've already talked yourself into anti-glare so I guess we're done here?
     
  22. macmania82 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hi Ruahrc : ) you seem nervous today.

    my topic is NOT about asking what should I use for my freelance design work. my topic is about macbook pro glossy and anti-glare screens' color difference (if there is) etc...

    no more to say you.
     
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    definitely go w/ anti-glare (matte)....if they had this option w/ the 13" I would have it!
     
  25. macmania82 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'm definitely going for 17" which has anti-glossy option. : )
     

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