Nano-texture iMac is awesome

bigcat

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Wow. I thought the feature would not be a big deal. It’s totally worth it. Zero reflections. I only see what’s on the screen. I can’t even look at my secondary display now due to how bad it is with reflecting everything around and behind me.

Other than the $$$6K Apple XDR, is there any other display on the market with this feature?
 
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pldelisle

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Wow. I thought the feature would not be a big deal. It’s totally worth it. Zero reflections. I only see what’s on the screen. I can’t even look at my secondary display now due to how bad it is with reflecting everything around and behind me.

Other than the $$$6K Apple XDR, is there any other display on the market with this feature?
With this special treatment no.

But Dell Ultrasharp displays are all mate finish.
 

jamespb78

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Do you find the text is fuzzy or not quite as sharp, as reported by some other users with nano glass?
 

bigcat

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Do you find the text is fuzzy or not quite as sharp, as reported by some other users with nano glass?
Not at all. Text is clear and sharp. Never seen better text. I’m a software developer and very picky about text. That’s the main thing I look for in displays.
 
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henry72

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Not at all. Text is clear and sharp. Never seen better text. I’m a software developer and very picky about text. That’s the main thing I look for in displays.
That's good to hear! This review said the text isn't as sharp on the nano-texture. Have you used a standard glass 5K iMac before?

 
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bigcat

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I hate to sound like a broken record, but there is an obvious difference. Anyone who claims otherwise has bad eyes or has no reference point to the glossy 5k.
I didn’t claim there was no difference, and didn’t compare displays anywhere. I’ve never seen the glossy 5k. Simply stated the nano-texture is clear and sharp, to my eyes.
 

Ludimus

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Got the Imac today, and I love the nano-textured screen.
I was a bit worried after reading all those posts and ultra zoomed screenshots.

Text is clear and sharp, not as sharp as on my macbook pro when I compare both with my nose close to the screen.
However I cannot see any difference at normal working distance.

I would't call the text fuzzy or looking at "low res" or upscaled images. Nothing like that.

Not returning my unit.
 

Gmouse

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I have both displays in front of me--there is no blurriness or less-resolution or anything less sharp on the Nano display than with the regular display--beneath the Nano surface things are absolutely identical . There is the Nano surface itself, I guess a REALLY fine (nanometer-level? <G>) frosted or etched surface, that, if you look really close and tilt the screen and scroll text, you can see it. But at normal working distance, not a significant difference, and it's certainly not less sharp. But, YMMV.
 
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iDomDotCom

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I ordered both to compare, but I think I'm not even going to open the glossy version and just straight-up return it. I feel like the reflections would bother me much more than slightly less fine texts on the screen.

I am a bit worried at how the nano will fare over time, however, I also don't plan on touching it with my hands any time soon!
 

Donnation

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This is really great to hear. Mine is supposed to arrive tomorrow finally and I‘ve been a little nervous as to how it will look with the Nano coating. Its good to hear that there are those that like it. I could still of course not care for it but I‘ve always loved matte displays so I think I‘ll really like it.
 

ZacksWorld

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To those questioning the sharpness difference:

It's definitely one of those things you have to see for yourself... I mean, I'm one of the people who couldn't stand the softness (despite loving the glare-reduction) and I found the difference drastic enough to bother me from even 3+ feet away, but as you see here there are plenty of people who don't feel that way about the display and absolutely love it! :)
 

Donnation

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Well I got mine in, and I freaking love it. I understand that its not for everyone but wow I really really like this.
 
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Freida

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Never seen better text? Maybe try MBP or iMac retinas to see better text.
Nano is different and better text and sharpness is present on the glossy model so you should see it.

However, it may not be a deal breaker for those that are used to matte screens.



Not at all. Text is clear and sharp. Never seen better text. I’m a software developer and very picky about text. That’s the main thing I look for in displays.
 
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assisterah

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Never seen better text? Maybe try MBP or iMac retinas to see better text.
Nano is different and better text and sharpness is present on the glossy model so you should see it.

However, it may not be a deal breaker for those that are used to matte screens.
Funny thing for me is I've been using matte screens (3 EIZO/2 NEC) all the time for the past decade but I actually prefer a non-nano version when it comes to Apple displays. I tried XDR with nano-texture and couldn't bear the fuzziness/smudge feeling it presents. This is truly a YMMV thing. People used to love matte screen might find the standard version offers more clarity while for those who never tried a matte screen before will fall for the glare reduction that a nano-texture could offer and live with clarity tradeoffs.
 
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Freida

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Yeah, I haven't seen it yet but Im the person that hates reflections. I have good control in my place over glare etc. but I just hate starring in a mirror. So I'll order both of them, use/compare and then one will go back.
:)
In fact, all my life I always had matte screens. The only exception was MBP from 2012 onwards as that is when they stopped offering matte option.

Can't wait to see this but the comparison pictures and videos are a bit off putting

Funny thing for me is I've been using matte screens (3 EIZO/2 NEC) all the time for the past decade but I actually prefer a non-nano version when it comes to Apple displays. I tried XDR with nano-texture and couldn't bear the fuzziness/smudge feeling it presents. This is truly a YMMV thing. People used to love matte screen might find the standard version offers more clarity while for those who never tried a matte screen before will fall for the glare reduction that a nano-texture could offer and live with clarity tradeoffs.
 

bigcat

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Are you guys saying that the glossy version is “matte” enough or that you prefer reflections over the nano “fuzziness”?
 

assisterah

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Are you guys saying that the glossy version is “matte” enough or that you prefer reflections over the nano “fuzziness”?
In my case, it’s more like “I can live with reflections in my environment, but I couldn’t bear the clarity lost”.

But do keep in mind people have different working environment and level of clarity sensitiveness. So it is up to you to decide whether the clarity or reflection reduction is more important.

But after all, all these could change after you see the real thing.
 
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I have the standard display and it's set up opposite to windows. The reflectivity of the glossy display is extremely low, like on the latest iPad Pro.

I think some of the photos posted here are misleading because a display that's off is always going to show more reflections than a display that's on. The nature of backlit LED displays renders reflections much less of an issue when the screen is actually on.

Apple has made substantial progress with the anti-reflective coatings on their glossy displays, mainly thanks to R&D in iPhone and iPad. The old Thunderbolt Display had a massive amount of reflectivity compared to these new products.

Personally, I would gladly take a display with the best possible color accuracy, contrast, and sharpness with a near-indiscernible amount of reflections over one that's highly susceptible to damage, can only be cleaned with a special cloth, is less color accurate, offers less contrast, and has less sharpness in exchange for a no reflections. Oh and is $500 extra.
 

bigcat

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Personally, I would gladly take a display with the best possible color accuracy, contrast, and sharpness with a near-indiscernible amount of reflections over one that's highly susceptible to damage, can only be cleaned with a special cloth, is less color accurate, offers less contrast, and has less sharpness in exchange for a no reflections. Oh and is $500 extra.
yeah that makes sense. I’d consider returning mine if there’s almost no difference when it comes to reflections. I didn’t know any of the things you listed there (other than the $$$ 😀).
 
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