MacBook Pro, glossy, hi-res glossy or hi-res antiglare?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by zichau, Apr 25, 2010.

  1. zichau macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2010
    The title pretty much sums it up. Which one can you recommend. I've heard a lot of good stuff about both.

    Glossy, good: more vivid colours, cheaper, deeper black. Bad: reflections not so clear white.

    antiglare, good: no reflections, no eyestrain clear white. Bad: expensive, not so deep black level, not so vivid colours.

    The hi-res: well its hi-res what more needs to be said :D, its just a bit expensive

    Sorry if my english poor, I'm Danish.
  2. Angra-mainju macrumors regular

    Mar 18, 2009
    get the anti-glare cos you are gonna get mad on the glossy. It just reflects everything...
  3. chaosbunny macrumors 68000


    Mar 11, 2005
    down to earth, far away from any clouds

    What's the point of that deep black if you constantly see your face in it?
  4. zichau thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2010
    What about those layers of film or plastic that also dims down the glossiness? Are they any good? Cus I kinda like the black outline :p
  5. Stepint0sh macrumors member

    Nov 9, 2009
    The Netherlands
    I've had experience with multiple of them and they are not any good. Hard to place and make the screen not so fine anymore! (blurry). I went for matte and I'm a very happy user!:D
  6. TheBritishBloke macrumors 68030


    Jul 21, 2009
    United Kingdom
    End of the day, it's personal preference.

    I love the glossy for it's vivid colours, and the hi-res would definitely be an added bonus.

    my 2 cents..
  7. Jamo12 macrumors regular


    Mar 23, 2009
    Go with the high-res. You're already spending about $1700 on a computer and the higher res is totally worth the 100 dollars. As for matte vs. glossy I personally would go with the matte. The colors are not really that different and the matte screen looks amazing. I don't care much about the reflections, but the fingerprints are evil and very hard to clean off of a glossy (Somehow they get there even if nobody touches your screen). I would have gone matte if that option didn't come out 4 days after I bought my computer (mid 2009 15"). Returning my computer would have made me pay about $350 for a matte screen....
  8. Guiguiga macrumors regular


    Jul 22, 2009
    Ft. Lauderdale - FL
    High res anti-glare is the best option. I never tried the anti-glare film, so I can't give you input on that one.
  9. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    ...go look at them side by side in an :apple: store and see what you'd like better... my older Sony Viao has a glossy screen that's not too bad long term, same as my whitebook but a few of my friends have MBP/MBA's and they are too glossy for my taste with the glass overlay on the screen...(I'd have to go with anti-glare if I wanted to get a newer model MB/MBP)...
  10. Plutonius macrumors 604


    Feb 22, 2003
    New Hampshire, USA
    Lots of threads all ready on this topic.

    Everyone has different opinions on the subject. There is no right answer and you need to check them out in an apple store to find the one best for you.
  11. Kingcodez macrumors 6502


    May 13, 2009
    One for the Glossy camp:
    If you are indoors, you won't notice the glossy.
    When I watch a show before bed with my girl I turn the keyboard off because there's a little faint reflection.

    I do my work in my house, I like keeping things dark. But the screen is always cranked up.

    I'm going to go with the matte now though, because I'm moving to florida, plan to work out side, and go to school.

    But for mainly house work it dosen't matter. I prefer the black bezel.
  12. hargreavesimage macrumors newbie

    May 6, 2011
    matt screen is the only way to go if you are a professional

    I work as a professional photographer and designer in a large and very hectic design company. Personally I'm amazed that apple ever brought out the gloss screens as macs have always been made with the professional image maker in mind. You can't work as a professional with the glossy screen on either the macbook or imac. The colour is way too bright which also causes problems with colour calibrating the screen. The colours are too saturated so when you take your image that looks stunning to print the colours are completly different. The whole point of getting a professional machine is that you hope the image you are working on will loo the same when printed.
    But the main problem with the glossy screen is the shine and reflections, its just unworkable if your a photographer. I worked on an image on an imac last week that had some black glass in the design, I photoshopped the image and it looked great. I later opened the image on a professional eizo monitor and there were reflections all over the black glass that weren't even viewable when working on the imac. If I'd sent this to the magazine to be printed my boss would have killed me. GLOSS SCREENS AREN'T GOOD FOR PROFESSIONALS, ONLY GOOD FOR PEOPLE THAT WANT TO LOOK COOL AND DON'T KNOW WHAT YHEY ARE DOING!!!
  13. gpat macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2011
    I know what I'm doing, and I'm on a glossy. Photographers aren't gods, you know.
    If you *need* color fidelity or you are going to use your Mac outdoors at least 60% of the time, go Matte. If not, go Glossy, because the Matte will look washed out in comparison.
  14. Vantage Point macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2010
    New Jersey
    I know what I'm doing, and I'm on a glossy. Photographers aren't gods, you know.

    We are not gods but we know a lot about color. There can be a big difference between making colors look good on a glossy monitor vs the colors being good. A serious photographer needs to see the actual colors, not enhanced. The difference is in printing - are you printing what you see.

    I had a iMac and now use a glossy MBP and a high end wide-gamut non-glossy monitor for serious work. The difference is there and my prints match what I see. If you are not a serious photographer then it doesn't matter so much. Just make sure there are no bright lights in back of you else there will be glare. I do hate the glossy but I hate high resolution more as it causes eye strain and Apple will not offer anti-glare anymore without the high resolution - they used to but...
  15. The Red Wolf macrumors regular

    The Red Wolf

    Apr 13, 2004
    Occi Dens Pacifica
    I have the anti-glare on my MacBook Pro 17". There is no way I would get a glossy display. I wear glasses so I have enough reflections to deal with despite "Anti-reflective lenses". I find the colour to far surpass my 15" MacBook Pro 15" ATI 1600 version. While the black bezel for the glossy is nice looking, I prefer the aluminum as it harkens back to the scheme of my 15". Looking back to my TiBook, the black keys bring everything full circle. But seriously, the glare/reflections on a glossy display aren't worth it and the cost is $50 american which isn't much. You'll get much more play out of the high resolution cost benefit as more real-estate on a 15" is priceless and worth the cost.

  16. fannar macrumors newbie

    May 28, 2011

    Thanks alot guys, I just purchased my new mbp with ag (after debating whether to get ag or glossy for the past 2 weeks).

    Will comment on whether it was worth it or not in about a week when precious arrives :p
  17. DolemiteJackson macrumors member

    May 6, 2006
    +1 on the antiglare. Your eyes will thank you.
  18. Big D 51 macrumors 6502a

    Big D 51

    Jan 15, 2011
    Mobile, AL

    I sold my glossy computer within a month. I loss my butt on it but it drove me crazy.

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