is this matte or glossy ???

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  1. animus macrumors newbie

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    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

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

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

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    There is no such thing as a hybrid screen. Matte LOOKS glossy at extreme angles.

    It's matte.
     
  5. sn00pie macrumors 6502a

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  6. animus thread starter macrumors newbie

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    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

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    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=267104

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

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    I think I found my answer in the last post of this thread http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=312061&page=3
    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

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    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:
     
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  11. RexTraverse macrumors 6502

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    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.
     
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  14. amorican macrumors member

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    +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

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    I have an iKlear en route ;)
     

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