How to Know if screen is Glossy or Matte

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by yojimbo1, Nov 29, 2007.

  1. yojimbo1 macrumors member

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    I'm in the process of buying a MBP via Craigslist. The MBP is listed as new, in unopened box.

    The seller doesn't know if the screen is glossy or matte---apparently there is no indication on the outside of the box.

    The seller provided me with the serial number, but I wasn't able to use the serial # to determine the screen type.

    Does anyone know how I can determine whether the screen is glossy or matte prior to purchasing the MBP?
     
  2. lancestraz macrumors 6502a

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  3. MacJediDude macrumors member

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    Open the box. I would want to see if I were buying a box full of rocks.:D
     
  4. JFreak macrumors 68040

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    So if you're having a great deal, just take it and don't care about the screen finish. If it's not that great a deal and you do care, buy somewhere you know what you get.
     
  5. Fuchal macrumors 68020

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    It says Glossy on the box in the specs section if it is glossy.
     
  6. iBlue macrumors Core

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    it seriously doesn't say on the box? if that's true... apple really can be irritating sometimes.
     
  7. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    It is on the box.

    Seriously.
     
  8. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It should be on the exact specification sticker usually plastered on the bottom of the box.
     
  9. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    One screen looks glossy, the other looks mattey. :D ;)
     
  10. Sweetfeld28 macrumors 65816

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    Glossy= You can see reflections of light on the monitor. Brighter crisp colors.


    Matte= Not reflective. Dulls Colors a little.
     
  11. mkaake macrumors 65816

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    Going with the theme of 'beware of good CL deals', how would someone who has a brand new, in the box MBP not know if it was glossy or matte finish? I mean, really?
     
  12. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    'Cause he ****in' stole it, mate! :D
     
  13. DesignerOnMac macrumors 6502a

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    Ask for the MODEL NUMBER, if nothing is on the box. This should clear up any confusion!
     
  14. Adokimus macrumors 6502a

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    careful now...

    Ok, the OP probably already finished this deal, but let me say... BUYER BEWARE on craigslist. Make the seller an offer or whatever, but OPEN THE BOX and see which screen it is BEFORE you pay them. And then, if it's the screen you want, TURN IT ON AND TRY IT OUT for awhile before you pay them. You might also want to run the serial number by apple to see if it was reported as stolen.

    Send us an update on how it went.

    Good luck,

    Ado
     
  15. yojimbo1 thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm the OP...and I appreciate all the advice.

    Yeah, Craigslist can be a squirrelly place to buy a computer. I bought a brand new MBP from CL last year. When I went to pick it up, I made sure to open the box and boot up the computer before I paid for it.

    I didn't go through with this transaction because the price wasn't right.
     

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