How to get a MacBook with a matte (anti-glare) screen?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by jas5279, Dec 21, 2016.

  1. jas5279 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2016
    #1
    Hello guys,

    I've used Windows all my life and never Mac. For sometime now I've been wanting to get a MacBook. The ONLY thing that is stopping me is that the newer models do not come with matte (anti-glare) screen anymore which sucks big time for me. I've got some eyes issues and I cannot look at any non-antiglare screen for more than 30 seconds.

    I also don't want to buy an older model used MacBook that has an anti-glare screen. So the only thing that I can think of now is screen replacement on a brand new MacBook. Is this something that may be possible? That I buy a brand new MacBook and get its screen replaced with an anti-glare screen. Will it create any kind of problems for my new machine?

    Please advise.

    Thank you!
     
  2. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2006
    Location:
    Shropshire, UK
    #2
    I wouldn't go down the route of replacing the screen as it would void your warranty. Have you considered an anti-glare screen protector?
     
  3. jas5279 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2016
    #3
    I have. But even if I buy the most expensive one, I'm afraid it won't be as good as an anti-glare screen that my eyes are used to of. And if it still bothers my eyes with the anti-glare protector, all the money I spend buying the Mac would be wasted. Or do the anti-glare protectors work just as an anti-glare screen?
     
  4. Phil A. Moderator

    Phil A.

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    Apr 2, 2006
    Location:
    Shropshire, UK
    #4
    Sorry, I don't know as I've never used one - maybe someone else who has will see this and offer an opinion
     
  5. jas5279 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2016
  6. BorderingOn macrumors 6502

    Joined:
    Jun 12, 2016
    Location:
    BaseCamp Pro
    #6
    The new MBPs have AR coating on the screen to reduce reflections. If they were to go matte, clarity would be reduced.
     
  7. Synchromesh macrumors 6502a

    Synchromesh

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2009
    Location:
    SF
    #7
    I believe there are screen covers that make the screen appear more matte. I'd look on eBay for those, they're inexpensive, easy to attach and don't require any hardware modification. Also, easily removable.

    Modern Retina machines do have anti-glare coating standard so that should help too.
     
  8. blesscheese macrumors 6502a

    blesscheese

    Joined:
    Apr 3, 2010
    Location:
    Central CA
    #8
    You should look at something like this:
    https://www.moshi.com/ivisor-12#black

    I use one on my MacBook Air. In general, I don't think it diminishes the screen brightness at all, and it reduces the glare/reflection tremendously.

    These are easy to put on, there is an adhesive on the part that just makes contact with the bezel...nothing adhesive goes on the actual screen. You can also take it off and adjust it, but I never have.
     
  9. bingeciren macrumors 6502a

    bingeciren

    Joined:
    Sep 6, 2011
    #9
    This is precisely the point most people are missing. The AR coating is very effective and it works the best.

    Matte screens are never as sharp as the clear screens and putting a matte film on top of display afterwards would even make it worse. I know it because I tried using matte film on my iPads and iPhones before. Even the finest quality films like Moshi or Power Support reduces the sharpness.
     
  10. MarkC426 macrumors regular

    Joined:
    May 14, 2008
    Location:
    UK
    #10
    Have you been into an Apple Store to try one out, it may not be as bad as you think.
    I know where your coming from with the matte preference though.
    I don't have any trouble looking at a glossy screen, but I prefer matte.
    I had an Apple display for many years (matte), when it threw its hand in I got Dell Ultrasharp, because the current Apple offering was only glossy.
    Another option is to use a matte monitor (reducing portability).
     
  11. jas5279 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2016
    #11
    Thanks, guys!

    I see no one recommended/suggested screen replacement so I am guessing it is out of option. I really thought this might be an option since I got my HP's screen replaced in 30 minutes when it broke. I guess replacing a MBP's screen to a matte screen is not as easy as I thought it would be.

    This leaves the only other option to be a matte screen protector such as Moshi that was recommended here. I knew about this (found it on Amazon) but I'm not sure how good it will work.
     
  12. pushover486 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Jun 27, 2014
    #12
    Based on my personal experience, I would not recommend matte screen protectors. Buying one was a regret for me. If you are determined to buy one I suggest you to get help from an expert when applying and test it before buying if you can.

    Lacking matte screen was one of my reasons selling my Mac and buying a PC.

    I am disappointed that in 2016 series there is still no matte option among Macs, in spite of high prices.
     
  13. wjgan7 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2017
    #13
    pushover486, what was your issue with the matte screen protector? Considering getting the Moshi one or returning my pro for a matte PC.
     
  14. shaunp macrumors 65816

    Joined:
    Nov 5, 2010
    #14
    If you are coming from a PC I honestly wouldn't touch any of the current macbooks as there are now better PC's with a matte screen. Look at the Lenovo X1 Carbon if you want something light with a matte screen, or the Dell XPS 13/XPS 15.
     
  15. wjgan7 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2017
    #15
    I've been a Mac user for a while. A PC is an option, but if the anti-glare protector is capable of reducing reflections significantly, I'd probably stick with the Mac.
     
  16. Moonjumper macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2009
    Location:
    Lincoln, UK
    #16
    I understand your concern. I have always gone the matte route where possible and hate reflections.

    I had one of the early unibody MacBook Pros that had a reflective screen. It was awful, I couldn't use it without getting a headache.

    Later I saw one of the newer models after Apple claimed to have reduced the reflections (reduced glass layers and AR coating). It was a totally different beast and got one. I had it hooked up to a matte monitor (HP ZR24W). The MBP was less reflective. It was so much better that I ended up replacing the monitor.

    The MacBook screens are not matte, but neither are they glossy. Try for yourself in an environment similar to you work in. Apple Stores are very bright, yet the screens are still useable.
     
  17. wjgan7 macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 7, 2017
    #17
    Yeah moonjumper I have a similar problem with reflections. For me it's an issue if I can see my reflection when the screen is off, and I can in the new MBPs.
     
  18. Moonjumper macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Jun 20, 2009
    Location:
    Lincoln, UK
    #18
    For me it is a trade off. All most matte screens do is smear the reflections, so they are not as sharply defined, but that means they are spread over a wider area. More important to me is the intensity of the reflections is less with a MBP.

    I don't know of a monitor that uses moth eye or similar technology. Not having reflections would be very different.
     

Share This Page