Glossy vs Non-Glossy Retina Macbook Pro... Which would you prefer?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Starfyre, Oct 17, 2013.


What kind of display would you pick for if you had the option for the rMBP?

  1. I would stick with the current rMBP glossy display.

    31 vote(s)
  2. A non-Glare/no glossy display like the classic Macbook Pro.

    37 vote(s)
  3. A display that is like the Macbook Air.

    3 vote(s)
  4. A display that is glossy like the classic Macbook Pro.

    4 vote(s)
  1. Starfyre macrumors 68030


    Nov 7, 2010
    With the classic macbook pro, we have options for a glossy or anti-glare/non-glossy. The retina macbook pro as it exists now is not as glossy as the classic, but is still glossy. Which display would you prefer if you had more options than the current display?

    *non-glare = anti-glare
  2. Spink10 Suspended


    Nov 3, 2011
  3. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    Where's the "Matte" display choice? I can't stand the glass/gloss in front of all of these screens these days.
  4. laurihoefs macrumors 6502a


    Mar 1, 2013
    It's the second option from top: "A non-Glare/no glossy display like the classic Macbook Pro."

    Voted for the first option, glossy rMBP screen. I strongly prefer it over the matte and glass covered options.
  5. Qaanol macrumors 6502a

    Jun 21, 2010
    Ideally, I would prefer museum glass. That is smooth (not matte) and anti-glare at the same time.

    To me, matte screens always seem "bumpy", plus they disperse incoming light from every angle, which severely reduces actual contrast as viewed and washes out the picture.

    Glossy screens are superior in both contrast and the fact that you can eliminate glare by rotating a little bit, but a smooth anti-glare screen is much better. Museum glass all the way.
  6. Alphabetize macrumors 6502


    Oct 6, 2013
    I actually prefer the glossy display. I've had the chance to use an antiglare MacBook Pro, and I have a matte external display, but I just like the glass one more for some reason.
  7. yangchewren macrumors regular

    Dec 1, 2012
    Anti glare for those of us with sensitive eyes...
  8. Idefix macrumors 6502a

    Jul 10, 2012
    glare gives me eye fatigue and headaches.

    which is what i bought--wasn't carried in the Apple Store, even though they ha one on display. Had to be ordered in.

    hi-res anti-glare is a dying breed...
  9. Rhinoceros macrumors newbie

    Oct 18, 2013
    I hate glossy screens. However, I also don't care for the washed out look inherent of certain matte displays.
  10. Orr macrumors 6502


    Oct 8, 2013
    Glossy. Don't like seeing sand-like particles covering the screen.
  11. Broadus macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2011
    Upstate SC
    I like what's on the rMBP. Not too glossy and yet doesn't have the lesser contrast of matte.
  12. Boe11 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2010
    The 17" MBP AG screen is still one of my favorites of all time. The rMBP glossy is nice but I find myself pining for that beautiful 17" AG panel sometimes.
  13. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    "Anti-glare" and "non-glossy" are two separate things.

    You can have a glossy display that is anti-glare, and you can have a matte display that has a lot of glare.

    I prefer anti-glare, and don't really care at all about glossy vs. non-glossy. The RetinaBooks and the latest iMacs have great anti-glare properties while still being glossy. My old (first-gen) MacBook Pro has a matte display, but has a lot of glare.

    Modern anti-glare glossy displays are very viewable, even in direct sunlight, <i>except</i> at a few specific angles (such that would be directing the light directly at my eyes.) My first-gen MacBook Pro is unviewable if it has direct sunlight on it, regardless of angle.
  14. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    I took that to mean glossy, I didn't read the 2nd part. :(
  15. TyPod macrumors 68000


    Nov 2, 2006
    And Yourself?
    I would love a matte display like my old MBP.
  16. Evan_11 macrumors regular

    Feb 21, 2004
    Apple pushed glossy screens for one sole reason... to sell computers in their own stores. Average people like glossy and to keep a store front business going you need average people buying computers. I've had both and currently own a 15" cMBP with anti-glare screen. Anti-glare all the way. I could care less about a slightly grainy screen and muted colors over staring at my own reflection and not being able to work under most lighting conditions without a headache. With that said, I wouldn't want a matte finish touch screen so I have no problem with my iphone 5 screen. If they implemented a touch screen on the rMBP then it would make perfect sense.
  17. yliu macrumors regular

    Jun 15, 2009
    The current retina screens are significantly improved in terms of anti-glare.

    I would stay with the glossy for more saturated colors and sharper image.
    It would be interesting to see a matte retina display.
  18. Badrottie Suspended


    May 8, 2011
    Los Angeles
    I have done with two matte display one from 2007 MBP already sold and still have a 22 inches matte display for my Windows desktop. rMBP display is so perfect for my eyes. :apple:
  19. ElliottG macrumors member

    Sep 19, 2013
    If they made a non-gloss display with a black bezel like the cMBP's that would be nice...the black around the display really makes it pop and look modern IMO...
  20. Quackers macrumors 6502a

    Sep 18, 2013
    Manchester, UK
  21. unlogic macrumors newbie

    Apr 4, 2013
    I’m using cMBP with glossy Hi-Res. I prefer glossy screen (even for desktop monitor) because the black is blacker and the colors are more pop. I don’t know whether this is an optical illusion or can be proved by numbers (better contrast ratio)? Btw, for me rMBP screen is perfect because it's still glossy but less glare than glossy cMBP.
  22. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Antiglare, but not like the old MacBook Pro. The old MacBook Pro antiglare coating would look pretty bad on the new Mac.

    I would want a new design that won't affect the Retina quality of the screen; perhaps they can license ClearBlack from Nokia/Microsoft.
  23. Gonzo3333 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 30, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    I once had an antiglare monitor at my old job. The coating on it was more distracting than the reflections. You could minimize the reflections by moving the monitor or tilting the screen a little bit. There was nothing you could do about viewing at a monitor that looked like you were looking through a screen door in front of your monitor. Glossy all the way for me every time.

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