Glossy or Matte - How To Work Out Which One It Is

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  1. Zagreus macrumors member

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    Hi, this might sound a bit strange but I hope someone on here may be able to help me, I've placed my 2007 MacBook Pro for sale but I've recently had enquiries from a buyer with a question that I can't answer in that of whether the screen is Glossy or Matte. Now I never realised there were two options thinking it was a more recent development in the product line but after some research I discovered that it was an option when the machine was purchased. The only problem is that I brought it second hand and no information was included to enable me to work out this detail, so is there a visual analysis I could perform or are there any images I could post so that people would be able to work out which type of screen I have?

    The model of MBP is the Mid/Late 2007, Merom Based 17" MacBook Pro with the Hi-Res Screen outputting at 1900 x 1200.

    I can post pictures of the laptop if it's necessary/will help
     
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  3. NickZac macrumors 68000

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    Is the screen completely clear and is the outside piano black reflective?
     
  4. Zagreus thread starter macrumors member

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    Thank you very much, that's exactly what I needed
     
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    I know the more recent models use a silver border (as shown in un.titled's post) for the matte screen (because the glossy uses glass to hold up the LED display, they use a silver frame to support it in place of the glass sheet) I believe this applies to the 2007 17" MBP, but someone may need to correct me (or confirm)
     
  6. WardC macrumors 68030

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    All of the Santa Rosa / Merom models were matte. The screen on the right hand side in your photo is a matte display, the one on the left is glossy.

    Hope this helps.
    -Ward
     
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  8. Cool Runnings, Jan 13, 2011
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    No, glossy was an option.

    And i don't know why someone have pictures of the unibody when it's clear that it's the previous model.

    The easy way to tell the difference is with a lamp/flashlight or a window in daylight/sun. Does it blend the screen, matte, get a glare/reflection, glossy.
     
  9. WardC macrumors 68030

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    There were no Glossy models of the 2007 MacBook Pros. Glossy didn't become an option until 2008.
     
  10. Cool Runnings macrumors regular

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    Mactracker don't agree...
     

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  11. Cool Runnings macrumors regular

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    Just saw that it was the Mid/Late 2007 17" MBP the OP had. But still the same according to mactracker.
     

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