I guess the glossy isn't as bad as I thought

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Michael CM1, Dec 30, 2008.

  1. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

    Feb 4, 2008
    I've been a big glossy-only hater since this became the norm a little over a year ago. I've got a matte ViewSonic LCD monitor and matte MBP mainly because I just hate glare.

    But when using my uncle's iMac over the weekend, the glare wasn't really much of an issue. It did have a little bit, but it wasn't near as bad as I saw in The Apple Store. Even with the brightness at about 80 percent, there was just the tiniest glare in the corners, which I kinda ignored after a bit. And oh yeah, it's f#%*ing bright.

    So I guess this is a shoutout to all the others who fear the glossy. I'd still prefer a matte option, but at least this isn't the cheapo CRT's that were glare magnets.
  2. BJMRamage macrumors 68020


    Oct 2, 2007

    using it and seeing it at a store are completely different.
    Like watching TV, yes old CRTs had glare too but when you are involved, it is barely noticeable, when your eyes wonder...then maybe you see it more but then aren't focused on the screen image.

    i do not mind. and neither did my friend who needed to use my computer the other day and he thought he would hate it (he listens to techie podcasts who hate it - so he hated them until he used mine).
  3. Passive101 macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2008
    I hate the glare on my iMac, but I did trade for it so I can't complain to much.

    Watching movies I see my reflection, in excel I see the windows and my reflection.

    On the desktop I see my reflection.

    If there is not to much black it is ok. I have gotten over the initial I can not work with it mentality though :)
  4. saltyzoo macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2007
    So your mind was able to filter out the glare after some training. That's normal. But with matte you don't have to deal with that distraction leaving that portion of your brain able to work on useful things.
  5. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Good thing my brain is powerful enough to let me multitask :D
  6. zombie1210 macrumors regular


    Nov 9, 2008
    I like the glossy on my new 24 inch. Wasn't sure I would, but its great.


    Yeah, I know...the keyboards are swapped.
  7. hhlee macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2005
    are you using the glossy in the dark? i'm still convinced glossy would be irritating in a room with lights.
  8. zombie1210 macrumors regular


    Nov 9, 2008
    There's a window behind me in that photo, and its no big deal.
  9. gamer2502 macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2008
    near Pittsburgh,pa
    glossy vs matte

    I:apple: thought the same i feared glossy but when i got the new mb i turned the brightness up to 50% and there was so little glare i just decided that glossy is a friend not a enemy but i still prefer matte because there is no glare and you get ''true'' colors but thats just my opinion.
  10. hhlee macrumors 6502

    May 19, 2005
    that's cool but doesn't that make editing photos slightly harder for printing when the colors aren't as "true"?
  11. saltyzoo macrumors 65816


    Oct 4, 2007
    Yes, but you could be multitasking on useful things instead of filtering out glare.
  12. BJMRamage macrumors 68020


    Oct 2, 2007
    just a side note. Matte's do have a diffused glare. It is less noticeable but still there. Just like looking at a wall or desk or anything that is 'matte' there is a slight sheen to it. the difference is the matte screens show a diffused glare and is harder to notice, but still there. the glossy screens show the glare right away and you can adjust if needed.
  13. cleetusvandamm macrumors member

    Nov 28, 2008
    The glare was never that bothersome to me
    Im also using those curly q flourescent bulbs GE makes as my overhead lighting which cuts down the glare quite bit from when I had regular incandescent bulbs in
  14. skye12 macrumors 65816


    Nov 11, 2006
    Austin, Tx
    Never had the slightest issue with a glossy screen. In fact I prefer
    them for the color and sharpness.
  15. czachorski macrumors 6502a


    Sep 24, 2007
    The diffusion of glare on a matte screen also diffuses the image on the screen slightly. Images on the glossy iMac don't have that light diffusion, so images really pop off the screen. I love the way my media looks on my glossy 24" iMac. It was one of the main reasons I was excited by this computer.
  16. partyBoy macrumors 68000


    Nov 8, 2009
    i have the same white mac,nice set up
  17. Trek2100 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2009
    Sevierville, TN
    I originally thought I would dislike a 27" glossy screen since I had only seen them in an overly bright Apple store. As soon as I took mine out of the box and set it up I fell in love with it. My photographs pop and movies are wonderful. Now that Epson has SL drivers for my 2200 I will try to print and see if what I see on the screen actually prints. My cameras are set to Adobe RGB 1998 and the montior is also set to Adobe RGB 1998 (for viewing photos to print). Since I will be printing with Adobe software, if I let the software control the printer the prints should be fine. Guess I will be doing a lot of test prints again to get it right.
  18. Gen macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2008
    Glossy has always been nice. It makes the colors pop!
  19. lukester macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2009
    yeah, but when you print them do they still pop or are they flat????

    Nobody has given me a good answer yet
  20. Maserati7200 macrumors 6502a


    Mar 17, 2009
    11230, Midwood, Brooklyn, NY, USA, North America
    Thats what i was tellin you befo! I'm glad someone on the matte side is seeing my pint (I've discussed this in the "Comon :apple: Where is the antiglare BTO option on the MBP" thread)
  21. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    You can express your opinion without converting someone. I have a matte MBP, and my parents use a glassy iMac. I can not stand using the iMac for extended periods of time.
  22. southerndoc macrumors 65816


    May 15, 2006
    I was one of the biggest critics of glossy screens when Apple first introduced them, but now they've grown on me and I actually prefer them.

    Guess Apple has brainwashed me.
  23. mtnDewFTW macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    the stores are brighter than a normal room. They also use different lights than you would normally use.

    I personally, never had a problem with the whole glossy thing. I actually like it a lot. Not a big fan of mat displays. They annoy me.

    But I think that if you're smart and you can set up your room correctly, so that the computer isn't directly facing the light, then you'll be very happy with the glass displays.
  24. Sir Cecil macrumors 6502a

    Mar 31, 2008
    I would never return to hard-to-clean, dull, vulnerable matte screens.
    They look so flat and lifeless after using glossy for a while. And the easy-to-clean, hard-wearing glass keeps everything pristine.
  25. Kristenn macrumors 6502

    Aug 30, 2009
    I have a big overhead light in my room and it doesn't bother me. If it glosses anywhere (err..reflects) its on the black edges (the backlit keyboard always shows on the black part of the bottom of the screen where it says MacBook Pro) but I always disliked how Matte made everything look. When I look at black I want it to be black... not grey.

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