glossy screen....again...

Discussion in 'iMac' started by christof72, May 14, 2011.

  1. christof72 macrumors newbie

    Aug 13, 2007
    I'm sure this has been discussed here ad nauseam.....sorry...

    However, I really want to buy an iMac but just can't make it over the glossy screen.
    In the last week I have been twice to the local Apple Store and watched tons of unboxing/usage videos on youtube.
    How do u adapt to that monitors ? In the Apple Store one of the iMacs was well positioned, screen facing an almost empty wall, still I find it really mirror like and on darker background/images I always saw my ugly face reflected. Is it always so ? Do you simply non care about that ? Use it in a dark room ? I was planning to rearrange my room and change the lights (all for a computer :(), but now I think that whatever the adjustments, there will always be some kind of reflection ...Maybe that kind of screen simply isn't for me and I should give up ?
  2. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008
    Human beings are amazing creatures in their adaptability.

    They are also amazing in their resistance to anything different.

    Sounds contradictory, I know but I can tell you this .....

    We have a 42" LG LCD HDTV that has a so called " anti-glare " screen.

    I have more problems with lights on in the room and sunlight through windows on that " anti-glare " LCD TV then I do with my 24" iMac with the.....

    OH MY GOD .....

    Glossy Screen.

    You figure it out.

    My conclusion is those who want to find something to complain about, will. Those who are willing to adapt, will.

    I just wish I could watch TV without worrying about someone turning on a lamp, or opening a window!

  3. MacmancUK macrumors member

    May 7, 2011
    Three years ago I compared the older matte screen with the adjacent new glossy screen in a large store, both iMacs same screen size, just by tilting both screens slightly upwards the difference was obvious.

    The ceiling lights reflection was terrible on the glossy screen, not noticeable on the matte.

    Apple stores are aware of this, not having lights where they can be reflected on screens

    So why not just give us the option ?

    Needless to say, I bought a refurb older model direct from Apple
  4. PorterRocks macrumors 6502


    Jan 31, 2010
    Perhaps you could apply an anti-glare film? As Apple does not manufacture an iMac with a matte screen, I see this as the only option available to those who prefer matte over glossy. Either that or just don't buy an iMac.

    I prefer glossy over matte any day of the week. Glossy screens just tend to be much more vibrant than matte screens. Again, personal preference.
  5. Benz63amg macrumors 68020


    Oct 17, 2010
    glossy screen is the best thing since mac and cheese :D but yea i love glossy screens, as long as u dont have a window behind you ur fine and u'll love the contrast
  6. Lord Appleseed macrumors 6502a

    Lord Appleseed

    Nov 7, 2010
    Apple Manor
    Thank god I am not the only one who thinks like that.
    I also love the glossy glass panel, way cooler than anything else.
  7. Badger^2 macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2009
    you really should be.

    This is same discussion has been going on since August of 2007 when the first AL iMacs came out.

    either buy one, try it and return it -- or move on.
  8. harcosparky macrumors 68020

    Jan 14, 2008

    Just for you, I found a solution to your problem.

    Best part the cost to you is $5.99


  9. Crwoo macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2010
    i have two 27 imacs 90 degree from a window and it never bothers me that its gloss, the screen is so bright that the glare doesn't bother you, and you can position it so that light doesn't glare on the screen (unlike a macbook)

    But i aslo like the antiglare screen on my macbook.
  10. NutsNGum macrumors 68030


    Jul 30, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    I don't understand all the hoohah about screen finishes. I've had every bit as much hassle seeing a matte screen with bright light shining on it as I have with glossy.

    The only difference is that one of them shows a big white blur, and one of them shows you your hideously ugly face.
  11. Jolt macrumors newbie

    Mar 3, 2009
  12. kjid macrumors regular

    May 3, 2011
    ive my imac positioned in a light room with 2 big windows on my back. If you look for reflections, you can indeed see them, but while working on it they don't bother me at all, i only notice it when i look for it.
  13. TheUndertow macrumors 6502

    Feb 20, 2011
    Not sure that I understand the intent of this thread.

    Most premium consumer type displays are glossy these days.

    I have the same issue with least with a stationary device, you do it one, and you're done.

    With that said, I'm not a big fan on anti-glare, at least with my past experiences with AG monitors. I guess ALL things equal (vividness, brightness...etc), I'd prefer not to have glare, but you sacrifice in other ways to compensate.

    You don't get reflections, but light sources are just as disruptive IMO.
  14. SR20DETDOG macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2011
    Queensland Australia
    I turned my iMac towards my room window and there was a huge amount of reflection and it was very obvious, when you're looking for it. Otherwise I find it no more difficult to use than anti-glare displays which I've used up until now.
  15. azentropy macrumors 68020


    Jul 19, 2002
    I've tried these films on a 13" MBP and have been really disappointed. They have been impossible for me to put on cleanly, maybe because I live in a "dusty" environment here in Arizona. Even when I do get it on the best I can it really has a bad orange peel like look. While it does reduce glare quite well, it is no substitute for a good true matte display.

    Funny how marketing has changed perception of what is premium and what is not. It used to be the other way around. Systems/displays having a matte or anti-glare screens were a selling point.
  16. G4er? macrumors 6502a

    Jan 6, 2009
    Temple, TX
    What you are really saying with this attitude is:

    "Since you are only now considering this product and weren't in on the discussions back when the product was new you have no right to state your concerns or opinions."

    People who chastise latecomers to anything that is on the internet would make poor parents or teachers. A child asking any question or discovering anything for the first time would get replies like:
    "Big deal."
    "So what?"
    "All the other kids already know that."
    "Why don't you just go away?"
    "How can you be so stupid?"

    Parent's still play Tic-Tac-Toe with their children. It may be boring to the parent but it is still new and interesting to the child.
  17. johneaston macrumors regular

    Dec 28, 2010
    Exactly the reason I still haven't bought the 13" MBP I want.

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