idea to unglossy an imac

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Freyqq, Aug 10, 2007.

  1. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    Ok..so i was looking at an unboxing photo and the guy said that the reason it was glossy was b\c there was a sheet of glass over the lcd. Then, he preceeded to take off this glass sheet in order to get to the internal components. So...can't one just take off the glass sheet and then have a working, matte, display? The computer won't look as good, but it'll be matte.



    http://www.macrumors.com/2007/08/08/aluminum-imac-disassembled-and-first-impressions/

    edit: looking at the photo again..assuming this worked...a third party could make a black plastic frame that fits the spot to make it look as it did..i'm sure someone could come up with that fairly easily.
     
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    possible. but would it work well enough? maybe. maybe not.

    but in any event it'd void your warranty.
     
  3. Freyqq thread starter macrumors 68040

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    nah it wouldn't..the only way they can tell is if you unscrew stuff...which your not doing. All your doing is lifting off a piece of glass. You can put it right back and it doesn't look like anyone can tell the difference from these photos.
     
  4. Mollemand macrumors regular

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    There is nothing to hold you from getting a costum pice of glass made /w a matted screen area - and possibly white borders? That would match the keyboard and mouse you know :D
     
  5. Freyqq thread starter macrumors 68040

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    or just a piece of plastic that fills the border. Assuming this works..a company (anyone listening? lol) could sell this in a range of colors for a cheap price.
     
  6. Mollemand macrumors regular

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  7. Freyqq thread starter macrumors 68040

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    you're just taking off the glass..so the bottom portion would remain.
     
  8. RRK macrumors 6502

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    Sounds like a pretty easy thing. I am sure that if this glossy thing is as much of a problem that some are making it out to be then there will be third party options. Could it be as simple as applying a plastic film or spray?
     
  9. Yankees 4 Life macrumors 6502a

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    spray wont work, but the plastic film that is matted most likely work just fine
     
  10. Freyqq thread starter macrumors 68040

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    if you want matte..i don't see why you can't just forgo the glass piece altogether..the LCD is still underneath and it looks matte. They coulda done a spray or modified the actual LCD like on a macbook, but they didn't. This leads me to believe that it might have been a design choice by apple to let people remove this piece if they wanted matte.
     
  11. overcast macrumors 6502a

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    lol you must be joking
     
  12. shipdestroyer macrumors 6502

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    You'd think matte glass would cloud up the screen..
     
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    Some would say this is an incremental step toward a desktop computer with multi-touch :)
     
  15. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    So... you're saying that placing a clear piece of optical quality glass over the display turns it glossy? I don't think so. I think the underlying display is not matte, and the disassembly pics never really show. I think all you'd be doing is making the display more vulnerable and the computer uglier. I'm sure there will be a viable 3rd party solution very soon.
     
  16. RRK macrumors 6502

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    So, all of this complaining and the problem can be fixed with a screen protector? People really need to find other outlets for their frustrations. Might I suggest rigorous exercise. :)
     
  17. Mollemand macrumors regular

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    Frustrations?? I thought we were having fun? All this talk about case modding an iMac has a naughty PC kind of undertone.

    Before you know it - someone will be suggesting blue LEDs - oops did I just do that? :D
     
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  19. RickT67 macrumors member

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    Maybe this will work? :D Applied carefully , of course:)
     

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  20. Squidgy macrumors newbie

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    How do you take the glass off? Is it stuck on with some sort of adhesive which will dry up without the glass there? Do I need a special tool to take off the glass?

    Re: the black apple icon - maybe with a solvent you can remove the paint and have it be the brushed aluminum? Would that void the warranty?
     
  21. bartelby macrumors Core

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    It's anodised not painted. I'm pretty sure solvents won't do anything.
     
  22. mavherzog macrumors 6502

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    All you need is a strong suction cup. The glass is held in place with magnets.
     
  23. jheidenr macrumors newbie

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    Interesting, how does the glass stick to the magnets?
     
  24. MacBass macrumors 6502

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    Maybe 3M will start manufacturing an overlay to give a Matte screen effect...
     
  25. mavherzog macrumors 6502

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    I read that there are metal strips adhered to the back of the glass (on the edges, of course).

    I also read that these magnets are, indeed, strong enough to hold the remote. :)
     

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