is this matte or glossy ???

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by animus, Feb 21, 2009.

  1. animus macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2009
    Hi, first post here.
    I'm coming from an old aluminium Powerbook and yesterday bought a second hand MacBook Pro. I bought without thinking that much about the display, but now I ask myself: is this thing the matte version or not ? To me it doesn't look that reflective like most of PC notebook out there, but it doesn't even look opaque like the Powerbook. I'm attaching some pictures, at different angles with display completely black, I guess somebody can satisfy my curiosity. On the package there isn't written anything, but I don't know if there should be something to distinguish the glossy and matte models.

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  2. TheLordsServant macrumors member

    Jun 14, 2008
    Yup, I'll second that. Definitely a matte display.
  3. Repo macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2009
    Looks like a hybrid. If it looks good and performs well it doesn't matter.
  4. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

    Tallest Skil

    Aug 13, 2006
    1 Geostationary Tower Plaza
    There is no such thing as a hybrid screen. Matte LOOKS glossy at extreme angles.

    It's matte.
  5. sn00pie macrumors 6502a


    Jun 25, 2008
    United States
  6. animus thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2009
    I have always seen that glossy displays, when black, perfectly reflect the faces of people. I can't see my face on it, as you can see from the picture, just a very blurred shadow. Nevertheless my Powerbook looks more opaque :confused: Is there someone so kind to post similar pictures for both models ?
  7. kolax macrumors G3

    Mar 20, 2007

    That thread will give you a good idea of what they look like.
  8. animus thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2009
    I think I found my answer in the last post of this thread
    So it's a matte screen, but has a kind of coating that makes it slightly shiny. Not that bad, I'd say. Personally I don't like "mirror displays", but this is well balanced.
  9. IanToronto macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2009
    I know this may sound terribly simple, but maybe there is a build-up of grease/oil on the screen. With mild pressure, clean the screen a couple of times with window cleaner. Make sure it is completely clean. The glare should reduce if the screen was oily.

    Keep us posted.

    Cheers :apple:
  10. mhnajjar macrumors 6502a


    Mar 3, 2008
  11. RexTraverse macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2008
    Okay... quick caveat here. Never, never, never, never clean your screen with a window cleaner unless you're sure it doesn't have ammonia in it.
  12. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
  13. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
  14. amorican macrumors member


    Nov 15, 2008
    +1 on this info. Either use a damp microfiber cloth, or a product such a iKlear with a microfiber cloth. Also, wet the cloth, not the screen.

    Have fun with the new MBP!
  15. animus thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 21, 2009
    I have an iKlear en route ;)

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