matte or glossy - how to tell?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by foobarbaz, Mar 27, 2008.

  1. foobarbaz macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2007
    I don't want to discuss the whole glossy versus matte issue... I just prefer matte and I've long been happy with my MBP. Now I replaced it with a Penryn MBP, and while I ordered matte, I'm not so sure I got one.

    The screen is nowhere near what a MacBook looks like, but it's certainly different from my old matte screen. I couldn't shave using it as a mirror, but I can certainly see my fingers moving and lights leave a very solid shape. It's enough that I find it annoying.

    Do the Penryn have shinier matte displays, or did I get the wrong one?
    Is there a way to say for sure (maybe the Panel ID)?
  2. Fuchal macrumors 68020

    Sep 30, 2003
    I believe it would say Glossy on the box sticker as well as on the sticker that is under the battery.

    The MBP glossys are indeed less "shiny"/glossy than the macbooks are. They are quite nice.
  3. M. Malone macrumors 6502a

    M. Malone

    Mar 11, 2004
    my MBP Penryn Matt screen is definitely shinier than my 4 year old PowerBook, but it's still matt. The best way to tell is to slide your finger across it, if you get a squeaky feel then it's glossy, if it's a bit rough with no squeak, it's matt :D
  4. super98111 macrumors member

    Mar 26, 2008
    If not exactly like mirror, it is Matt. The haze could be slightly different.
  5. foobarbaz thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2007
    Hmm, neither sticker says glossy or matte. I believe that implies a matte screen. But the screen feels very smooth and not rough as my old one.

    Anyway, googling for MBP glossy and "sticker" finally gave me some results: Apparently I'm not the only one questioning his screen's matteness. :)

    I wish I could just go to an Apple Store and compare, but there are none around...
  6. npep macrumors member

    May 7, 2007
    I have been trying to figure out the same thing on my mbp...I think mine is matte, but it looks very similiar to the macbook screen. No glossy sticker for me or anything else that says matte or glossy.
  7. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    how about you fellas take a picture and post it up for all of us to determine. :)

    make sure you have some sort of reflection on it too.

    all MBPs i believe come matte by default
  8. bcaslis macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2008
    If it doesn't say anything on the box then it's 100% guaranteed that it's matte. It says glossy if it's glossy but nothing if it's matte.
  9. kwfl macrumors 6502

    Aug 20, 2007
    i have 2 macs now (MBP and iMac)
    if only i could use the time machine now and go back at the instant i placed my orders, i would choose matt. :(
  10. foobarbaz thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2007
    It's now dark outside here :) and lamp reflections don't show correctly on the iphone cam. I'll post a window shot tomorrow/later tonight.

  11. ogacon macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2008
    Minnesota - Twin Cities
  12. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    it looks matte to me.

    Ever since the SR Macbook Pros, the finish of the matte screens has be come more reflective, towards glossy looking.

    The second generation MBPs had "grainy" matte LCD panels of which many complained about. I think these panels were supposed to be better in terms of graininess, hence the different matte finish on the panel.

    Glossy would have sharp qualities in the reflection. Notice how it gets muddy towards the palm rest in the reflection. Glossy does not exhibit this characteristic. Take a look at a macbook and you will see what glossy is.

    But yours is matte. Let this be known to all other "is this glossy or matte" threads. :)

    for future reference. Matte on left (looks like a 2nd gen) and glossy on right. Glossy MBP will look the same.
  13. burningrave101 macrumors 6502

    Mar 4, 2008
    The simple rule of thumb is to take your MBP into a brightly lit room and do a little dance in front of it. If you see a retard in your laptop display then it's glossy.
  14. RichL macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2007

    -Rich L.
  15. EarthDawn macrumors 6502a


    Feb 18, 2008
    Long-eye Land, NY

    LOL !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ohhhh my.... thats the best reply i have seen online in months !!!!

    BRAVO !!!!!!
  16. bcaslis macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2008
    That's matte. The reflection would have much sharper definition if it was glossy.
  17. foobarbaz thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2007
    Thanks a lot. That explains it perfectly.
    My old one was a 2nd gen and looked exactly like that, so the difference was quite distinct. (And everybody keeps raving how the MBP glossy was barely reflective...)
  18. RatSalad macrumors member

    Feb 20, 2008
    Central Florida
    That is great! When I worked in a scuba shop and when people would try on a wetsuit after putting it on I would tell them to jump up and down on one foot. After awhile and they were sweating they asked "Why I am doing this?" I would just say I just wanted to see if you would do it. :D
  19. zepharus macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2007
    One is shiny, the other is dull.

    If you seriously cannot tell then you have a Matte.

    Im a little frightened
  20. markrivers macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2008
    Valencia, California
    i haven't tried this myself but they said this is definitely THE 100% way of knowing if it's a glossy or a matte.

    1. get a blade. the sharper the better
    2. your goal is to make a 2-5 inch line on your lcd screen, pls be careful not to puncture it in the process.
    3. make a 2-5 inch incision on your LCD, be careful not to scratch the bezel.
    4. now get a mirror.
    5. do the same 2-5 inch line on the mirror.
    6. compare. if it's similar to the line on the mirror then it's a glossy.
    7. make an early appointment at the genius bar for LCD replacement " not" covered by applecare.
    8. post some pictures.. don't forget your personal passport size picture.

    Now, Aren't you glad you're 100% sure it is a glossy?:D
  21. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Or maybe you can just see if the display is fingerprint magnet?
  22. Cloudsurfer macrumors 65816


    Apr 12, 2007
    That's how my matte display is too. It reflects a bit, but it's not a mirror. You don't see the reflections when the screen is on, so it doesn't matter much.
  23. foobarbaz thread starter macrumors 6502

    Nov 29, 2007
    It still is. It actually came with a piece of cloth, like the iPhone...

    I work a lot with a black background, that's why it bothers me.

    Anyway, for future reference: Here is a daylight shot. The glare intensity has been exaggerated by the iPhone cam, though.

    From left to right: Glare, fingerprints, my pale arms holding iPhone :)


    So, to summarize:
    New matte is glossier than some previous ones, but still far from the real glossy.
  24. Andrew D. macrumors 6502

    Apr 17, 2007
    Chicago, IL
    You'll literally see your face with a glossy screen. I don't like that, matte FTW.
  25. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    Yeah that is definitely matte, except mine isn't as bad. Do you wipe the dust off once in a while?

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