Glossy or matt screen for MBP ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Paulickb, Jun 14, 2007.

  1. Paulickb macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2007
    Pro and Cons for the Glossy or Matt screens - anyone.
    I currently own a Macbook the screen has never really bother me but now that I have a choice I would love some feedback.
  2. Roguepirate macrumors member

    Jun 11, 2007
    big difference is glare.

    everything else is pretty minor, colours will look more lively on the glossy screen.
    and from what the mac store person told me, matte screen is more representative of the colour thats really there, e.g. if you send a picture to somebody else, what you saw on your screen is pretty much what they see on theirs. not sure how true it is, but it was what was told to me when I asked.
  3. operator macrumors regular

    Oct 29, 2006
    It's true about colour representation. The matte screens are more accurate. Let's say you made biz cards, sent them to a professional printer, then compared the colour on the actual card to the colour on your matte and glossy screens. THe matte screen will be closer to the true printed colour. This concept assumes that both screens are calibrated properly. If not calibrated, then comparing colour representation is useless.

    Regarding glare, I've used an iBook with matte screen, and a Macbook with glossy. The iBook had NO glare while the Macbook can be like a mirror sometimes. Even though the iBook had a much dimmer display it was easier to use outdoors than my MacBook. I cannot use the Macbook outdoors on a sunny day, period.
  4. Sopranino macrumors 6502

    Sep 27, 2006
    Alberta, Canada
    There is a poll on this same forum on page two dealing with this topic. I've copied my posting from that thread to this one, hope it helps with the decision making process.

    From the other post:
  5. mac2be macrumors member

    Jun 13, 2007

    - Very suitable for extensive usage
    - Very accurate color representation
    - No distracting glare effects


    - Colors are very vivid and "shiny"
    - Movies on a Glossy screen are great
    - Slightly easier to read in sunlight

    If you are a graphic designer, a programmer or anything like that, I recommend a Matte one. If you don't mind some glare, don't use the computer for too long and use it mostly to watch movies, listen to music, surfing... then glossy may be the best option for you.

    Best advice: go in a store and try them both. I did it, and I was having headache after 4 minutes of Web Surfing on a Glossy screen. It must be particularly bad in the store fluorescent light.

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