Photodon Anti Glare Film Review

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by pinktank, Aug 12, 2009.

  1. pinktank macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2005
    I have been using this for a good while, it's about due that I review it. I think its the best protector out there in terms of protection and image clarity, as long as you wipe smudges off (you don't have to be anal doing so, it does not scratch easily)

    I was looking for a matte lcd for my macbook, and after deciding it wasn't worth the economic effort then, I looked into film options and contacted They were happy to help pick one of their products suited for the application.

    The installation was simple with one minor fault (pictured below) and it reduced glare drammatically, especially as I use the macbook in various uncontrolled lighting conditions.

    There are a few caveats such as slightly reduced brightness (Easy to fix since I used my screen 8 levels below the maximum brightness anyway, and the difference is hardly a single level), reduced black level and contrast in bright environments and visual grain, also pictured below. Nevertheless, the benefits outweighs the problems.

    Before going ahead with the pictures, I'll explain the most effective affect on image clarity. Matte screens, having a coarse surface, diffuse the reflected light so that not all of it reaches the eye, but more importantly, the reflections are not in focus. Usually, this is the unadvertised but the more important part; since the reflection is a blur, the eyes do not try and focus on it (the eyes would need to dilate to look at reflections as they lie another screen length beyond the actual display). This not only saves you from eye strain but makes it less likely to notice the reflections.

    installation glitch

    brightness difference, the area below the text doesnt have the film on it.

    worst case scenario, sitting outside with the sun behind the screen, hitting me.

    film off of the corner for comparison

    typical indoor use with lamp off to the corner behind me
    same on asus eee's real matte screen, note that the reflection is larger, as its more diffuese
  2. rkdiddy macrumors 65816


    Mar 19, 2008
    OC Baby!
    Thanks for the review and post - this is something many of us have considered.

    I wonder if they make this for the 24" LED ACD?

    I've never had an issue with glare on my MBPu - while it is an annoyance at times - I can usually remedy the situation by adjusting my position or increasing/decreasing the brightness.
  3. pinktank thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2005
    Yes there is one for the 24 acd listed on the site.
  4. pinktank thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2005
    I just sold my macbook and will be ordering a 13 pro soon. Will order film for that as well and keep you posted with another review.
  5. pinktank thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2005
    I just got my computer and contacted photodon, will see if I can get my hands on one soon.

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