Photographers - Anti-glare display or glossy w/ anti-glare film?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by mdwsta4, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. mdwsta4 macrumors 65816

    Jul 23, 2007
    I've been thinking about replacing my three year old 15" Santa Rosa MBP with the latest 15" 2.66 model. There's nothing wrong with my current machine, but I'm finishing grad school and figured I'd take advantage of the student discount one last time. Not to mention there have been enough upgrades over the years to make it worthwhile.
    My old iBook and current MBP have both been matte screens. I prefer this as I dislike glare and am a photographer so this helps with color accuracy. While I plan on getting the high resolution display on the new model, I'm debating about going glossy or anti-glare. If I go glossy, I would install anti-glare film. As dumb as it sounds, the black border simply 'looks better' (i know, function before form) and the film would help with glare. Although, I don't know if the film will help with color reproduction at all.

    so the question is, are there any photographers on here using the glossy w/ anti-glare film who have also used the matte display? preference?

    set up is completely different than this, but apparently I haven't taken a newer pic

    I don't want this thread to become a glossy vs matte argument. I simply want to hear from photographers or people that have direct experience. Thank you.
  2. robbieduncan Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    I can't see how the glossy + film solution will give the same image quality as a straight matte display: you have an extra sheet of class, more glass/air interfaces and a film extra between you and the image...
  3. chrisvee macrumors regular

    Jul 2, 2010
    Winnipeg, Canada
    Apparently with the films, you get the whole rainbow effect thing. Kind of makes me stray from getting one of those films for my 13". If there are films that don't do that, I'd like to know which! :)

    I'd say get the actual anti-glare display if you want a "real" anti-glare experience. Then again, the glossy plus film option does give you the option of taking the film off if you ever wanted the glossyness back. Oh, and I agree with you on the black border thing.. :D

    ALSO, that is an awesome clock thing. What is that? :p
  4. alphaod macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    I use all matte displays and I calibrate all my colors to match (including the colors on my printers).

    That way nothing is funny working; I find that glossy displays are harder to calibrate—somehow the colors are calibrated differently every time I redo the calibration—and there is no consistancy. Maybe just bad luck on my part.

    Obviously, I hate any time of glare, so the glossy displays do not work for me. On devices that are glossy I use an antiglare film which tends to result in the rainbow effect when viewing whites. I can't have that on a display when working with media.

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