Maybe glossy displays are just fine!!!

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by zoran, Aug 30, 2007.

  1. zoran macrumors 68030

    Jun 30, 2005
    I used to be one of the biggest enemies of glossy screens, i even submitted a post supporting how important is the lack of existance of the mate screen for the new imac Yesterday i was out looking for a glossy laptop for my cousin. I must say that i was overwhelmed by the brightness and colors, everything was so vivid! The worst thing was that there was a pc laptop (with glossy screen) next to the macbookpro (led/mate screen). Thats the point where i was shocked! Not olny was the pc laptop clearer and more "alive" but the macbookpro next to it seemed... dead! So i stood there watching while bad thoughts came into my mind! The difference on the screen were obvious, and they were in favor to the pc glossy screen. The macbook pro seemed so dull and dead with the mate screen! Its funny cause despite glossy displays have great disadvantages -i think more than the mate- people still buy them and as if that wasnt enough now Apple has implemented them too! So now im puzzled need some views on the glossy/mate MBPro subject! What do u say guys and why?
    Mate or glosssy?
  2. Cybergypsy macrumors 68040


    May 16, 2006
    Central Florida!
    I always had and loved Glossy but they were out of Glossy when i had to get a replacement for the free yellow tint they added... I got a free upgrade to a 2.4
    and could not be happier. Not sure if I will ever go back glossy again :)
  3. atari1356 macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2004
    No, glossy displays are evil and I hates them.

    I want to punch glossy displays in the mouth.
  4. reflex macrumors 6502a

    May 19, 2002
    Where exactly would that be?
  5. D1G1T4L macrumors 68000


    Jun 26, 2007
    Savannah, GA

    While watching a movie on a glossy is nice I'll take the all around true color and no glare of the matte.
  6. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030


    Jun 15, 2005
    If it was a shop model, there's the possibility someone had been fiddling with the brightness or the display settings of the MBP, it shouldn't seem dull or dead. But yes, there is a difference and if you can handle the glare, glossy is the way to go.
  7. atari1356 macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2004
    Right... about..... here:


  8. /V\acpower macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2007
    For what i've experienced, the default color setting on the Macbook Pro is not very vivid. PC seems much more colorful by default, but it can be changed for the MBP. I don't think it's an hardware issue. (not as much to do with matte vs. glossy)
  9. vicious7 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 16, 2007
    Jacked into the net...
    To each their own, I guess, but I've not had many glaring (mind the pun) issues with my glossy screen. I've used my MBP in bright indoor lighting and outside on a sunny day while having coffee in a patio with no reflection issues - perhaps its the brightness of the screen. Regardless, if outside in the sun, your screen (any screen) will exhibit some glare or reflection if the source is direct.

    About the only downside I see is that the matte has better color matching for PS and other graphic/video apps. Matte is perfect for photo/video editing. But that's why I have an external screen - better color matching and larger real estate for editing.

    Matte or glossy, despite the long battle, is a subjective choice.
  10. nicefeet101 macrumors newbie

    Aug 30, 2007
    Growing up with glossy

    As a student, I've grown up with glossy and matte displays. Therefore I dont really care as to either of the two that I get stuck with. I've been to the Apple Store and tried out the new iMacs and mbp and I seem to simply stare through the reflections in the blacks. As a video editor, its the fact that they can't reproduce color as well as matte that would make me lean towards the matte option
  11. phungy macrumors 68020


    Dec 5, 2006
    I've tried playing Tremulous on my MB and a matte MBP. The MB's glossy screen makes the game look much better but the MBP's LED LCD can be much brighter.
  12. mBurns macrumors 6502

    Oct 3, 2006
    When I was buying my MacBook Pro, I was deciding between the glossy and matte screen. I decided to go with the matte screen because I couldn't stand the glare of the glossy screen. That's one of the main reasons I didn't even consider the MacBook.
  13. iTeen macrumors 65816


    Aug 13, 2007
    i luv my glossy display...the only thing i hate is the horrible viewing angles!:rolleyes:
  14. /V\acpower macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2007
    Anyway, the MBP screen cannot display lots of color (6 bit instead of 8 bit, correct me someone...). Just playing with the color chooser in photoshop make it very obvious.

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