MBP Glossy/Matte screen

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by jammiefreerider, Aug 23, 2006.

  1. jammiefreerider macrumors regular

    Aug 23, 2006
    Has anyone seen the difference between the glossy and matte screen MacBook Pro. I will be working a fair amount outside in the summer as thats half the point of having a laptop. On the other hand, I am a student web designer/videographer so the glossy screen sounds the business.

    Any ideas?
  2. tipdrill407 macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2006
    If you're going to be doing a lot of work out than you MUST get a matte screen. The reflections you'll encounter outdoors with a glossy screen, especially on a very sunny day will drive you crazy.
  3. Frisco macrumors 68020

    Sep 24, 2002
    Working outside is a no-brainer for getting the matte screen. You will have too much glare.

    Working in design is also a no-brainer for getting the matte screen as you want true color representation, not something artificial/glossy that makes it look different.
  4. extraextra macrumors 68000


    Jun 29, 2006
  5. fivetoadsloth macrumors 65816


    Aug 15, 2006
    matte. glossy has a huge glare and as stated before the colors are more accurate onthe matte. i do like the glossy for movie watching though......
  6. #6
    glossy is great and nice and bright, but is horrible for glare outdoors. I have used my friends notebook with a glossy screen and much prefer the matte because the constant high level of reflections of things around me drove me crazy! :p :D
  7. knockknock macrumors member


    May 28, 2003
    at home
    I would get the Matte screen .
    But I don't think it would matter which one you choose if you are going to use a color calibator :D .
    The real question is wich Macbook Pro you'll choose :
    a.- the basic 15" with 128mb of VRAM
    b.- the 15" with 256mb of VRAM or
    c.- 17" with the same 256mb VRAM (I read somewhere that sez that the card inside the 17" runs faster because there 's more space for airflow)
  8. mynameisjesse macrumors member

    Aug 1, 2005
    new york.
    I have a 15" 2.16ghz macbook pro with the matte finish. I went to the apple store a number of times before buying my mbp to see which was better. Yes, glossy has richer colors...but the glare would be annoying 75% of the time you'd use it. Get the matte finish, especially if you're getting it for design.

    Also, yes the 17" will run faster than an equally matched 15"...but 17" isn't very portable. Sounds like it won't be sitting on a desk all day so 17" is pretty much out of the question. If you can spare it get the 100gb 7200rpm harddrive, it will make a huge difference. Those were my two biggest choices I had to make before buying, so I hope they help you.
  9. xPismo macrumors 6502a


    Nov 21, 2005
    If you use a calibration tool (hardware) I would suggest the matt screen. If you don't, then the color fedility doesnt matter, so get the glossy.

    You shouldn't be doing any color correcting on your laptop anyway.

    I'd go 256mb video card in either size. Futureproofing as much as you can.
  10. gadgetgirl85 macrumors 68040


    Mar 24, 2006
    I have a matte screen its great! No glare nothing
  11. teerexx52 macrumors 68000


    May 1, 2005
    Florida West Coast
    I have a 2.16 glossy and my wife a 2.0 matte. The glossy is great both in and out for me. Beautiful screen
  12. dansgil macrumors regular


    Aug 17, 2005
    Vancouver, BC
    Definitely go for the matte. Personally, a glossy screen would bug the hell out of me.
  13. Nar1117 macrumors 6502

    Apr 15, 2006
    To give a reason to why you should get a Matte screen... If you get the glossy youre putting the Consumer screen on the Pro notebook. Thats what did it for me.

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