Glossy vs Matte?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by scott85213, May 19, 2007.

  1. scott85213 macrumors member

    May 19, 2007
    I'm buying a 15" MBP when the newest revision is released, but I'm still having problems deciding which kind of screen to get. Any one have any advice?
  2. Kaiser Phoenix macrumors 6502

    May 12, 2005
    I Like Matte coz it seems more neutral. In the sense that it doesnt reflect light as much and feels like my Apple cinema display. my eyes get really tired with glossy.
  3. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    *rips hair out*
    *has a sip of guava juice to calm down*
    *takes a deep breath*

    I understand you may be new here, but this topic has been covered at least a dozen times before. Please, before you make a new thread, can you search it?
  4. kwood macrumors 6502a


    Jun 26, 2006
    In the Great White North.
    I second that motion. These threads are almost as bad as the MacBook vs. MacBook Pro threads. Or even worse the Buy now or Wait threads. I think there should be a block on certain threads.
  5. siurpeeman macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2006
    the OC
    in addition to suggesting a thread search, maybe we could answer the op's question; it couldn't hurt. my advice is to find the nearest apple store to compare the two screens. see which you like better. i personally like both. the one thing that bothers me sometimes about glossy is the way certain colors look, especially in ical. i just can't stand using ical with a glossy screen.
  6. iToaster macrumors 68000


    May 3, 2007
    In front of my MacBook Pro
    I prefer glossy, but it depends on what you're doing with it. Matte isn't really the best if the sun will be shining upon it, but glossy is better at showing even in the sun. Matte just sortof looks dull to me, but glossy is shiny, but doesn't really reflect anything too badly when it does. In the end it's whatever you prefer, but I'd get glossy.
  7. Bern macrumors 68000


    Nov 10, 2004
    It would really improve on your "cool" factor if you provided the OP with a link to those threads too rather than making a non-contributory whinge :rolleyes:

    I prefer matte screen. I had a MB with glossy and it made my eyes very tired. But aside from that glossy tends to saturate the colours you see which is great for playing games and watching movies, but not great if you depend on colour accuracy for designing, artwork or photography. I also find the glare on a glossy screen is annoying as well. The MBP are far more brighter than the Powerbooks ever were so viewing your matte screen in bright light such as outdoors is far better than it used to be.
  8. mBurns macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2006
    When I bought my MacBook Pro, I was in the same dilemma. I wasn't sure whether or not to get the glossy or matte screen. After spending an hour or so with both machines next to each other (thanks to an apple employee) and doing identical things on them (e.g. going to the same site, watching the same movie) side-by-side I decided to go with the matte screen. As nice as the glossy screen seems, especially when watching movies and viewing photos, the cons ended up outweighing the cons. I felt the glossy screen, like others have said, distracts from the screen too much when there is light on the screen or in the general area of the machine. For my uses (mainly during the day, portability) it was a much better choice to go with a screen that I felt is easy to view in all conditions. Whichever screen you go with will be great. No one can make this decision for you, it's very personal and which screen to go with depends truely on your uses.
  9. 4JNA macrumors 68000


    Feb 8, 2006
    looking for trash files
    glossy is useful for selling laptops (shiny, pretty, must buy). not so much for actual use (glare, ouch my eyes, portable mirror).

    matte is where it's at. :)
  10. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    Good idea. How many links should I post? :rolleyes:
  11. Bern macrumors 68000


    Nov 10, 2004

    Isn't nice to be helpful to a stranger rather than nasty :) If everyone in the world took the time to be nice what a great place it would be.

    Thanks for that.
  12. synth3tik macrumors 68040


    Oct 11, 2006
    Minneapolis, MN
    If you use the graphics for work/art (I.E. video, photography, or design) you want matte. If you just want the screen to look pretty get the glossy.
  13. JFreak macrumors 68040


    Jul 11, 2003
    Tampere, Finland
    The decision simply on type of activity what you do with your computer. Content-wise; if you're *producer*, then choose matte display, but if you're *consumer*, then choose glossy display.

    Glossy display gives a certain wow-factor, so it really looks very nice when anything is not reflecting from the screen. Matte display on the other hand, it is as neutral as it can be, so it shows you the truth about the content as closely as it can.

    Hyped or neutral? You decide. Ask yourself what it is that you more likely are doing with it.
  14. Dice-K macrumors newbie


    Apr 17, 2007
    I have the matte screen. I took a test run with a MB and the glossy was kinda annoying with the reflections. Also, the viewing angle on the MBP seems a little better? I dunno maybe thats just me. Anyways, I do like the matte screen, no complaints here.
  15. gavd macrumors 6502a

    Jan 30, 2006
    As others have said, it would help if you told us a little more about what you'll mainly be doing with your MBP.

    If you'll be doing graphical stuff then you'll want a Matte, but otherwise check them both out and see which one you like best.

    I don't do too much graphical stuff (and none for a living) so I went with Glossy and I don't find it hurts my eyes.
  16. Cristian macrumors 6502


    Dec 11, 2006
    El Paso, TX
    Glossy is bad outdoors. Indoors it looks gorgeous.
  17. SpaceMagic macrumors 68000


    Oct 26, 2003
    Cardiff, Wales
    After being a Matte owner for many years, I thought this MacBook's Glossy would really tick me off.

    Instead I love it.

    Everything looks cleaner and the colours to me look crisper. Edges are edges.

    However, if I upgrade to a MBP I will invest some time in comparing the two side by side. See which I can live with.
  18. ..........? macrumors member

    Jan 11, 2005
    It depends on what you are doing with it

    matte:if you do graphical, video and other stuff where screen accuracy is important then choose this.

    glossy: because of the reflective nature of the screen the colour are slightly and sometime exaggerated. Don't ask me why. It has something to the angle the light reflect off the screen and how the light from the lcd is twisted/bend. This is great if you use it for watching movie and picture(most company market the glossy screen with that as a feature).

    I agree with other people post that glossy=consumer, matte=pro
  19. scott85213 thread starter macrumors member

    May 19, 2007
    Thanks for all the help. I'm leaning more towards a glossy right now, but i'm not sure. When the new revision comes out and hits my apple store, i'll spend the hour or so and drive down there and make it a day trip to decide my screen. My dad was in the same dilemma, but when he went to order his book from lenovo, it only came in matte. I wish it was that easy.

    As I forgot to mention, I plan on using it for simple web surfing, school work, and gaming. Rarely, I might do picture or video editing.
  20. CalBoy macrumors 604


    May 21, 2007
    My uses are similar to yours, but after looking at the glare the glossy causes, I have to say that I will never buy a glossy if I can help it. Take a look for yourself, and be sure to rotate the computer a little so you can see it with different lights in the background...I have a feeling Apple makes their employees put the computers in such a way as to reduce glare. Good luck on your purchase.
  21. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
    I second that - matte is the way to go.
  22. Jebaloo macrumors 6502

    Sep 12, 2006
    Go Matte. Although Glossy has teh novelty value, and does make colours appear more vivid, I never thought they were bland anyway - and the novelty wears off pretty quick when you realise that using it outdoors or in a bright space is a pain in a but (though not impossible). Agh, the last train journey I went on was such a pain, having to move the laptop to avoid reflections all the time. I wouldn't really bother with it if I were you.

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