Should I use Screen Protector on Macbooks ?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by nattynnat, Jan 20, 2017.

  1. nattynnat macrumors newbie

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    Hello guys, I'm getting a macbook pro next week and I've never owned one before.
    I'm wondering if I should use a screen protector or not.
    Can you guys share experience of of your macbook's screen please?
    Thank you in advanced.
    (ps. I'm getting the 2015 13" model)
     
  2. Newtons Apple macrumors P6

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    I seldom if ever touch my Apple laptop screen and have never used a screen protector.

    Now if it were touch screen . . . . maybe I would.
     
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Oh hell no!! Apple made a computer with a beautiful clear screen that you never need to touch why would you interfere with that!!
     
  4. makinao macrumors regular

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    I've never used screen protectors in my laptops. A damp tissue with alcohol and microfibre cloth is all I need to clean them.
     
  5. deany, Jan 20, 2017
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    Hi
    I would never use a screen protector on a MacBook Pro, it would ruin the screen IMHO.
    Also I struggle enough with my iPhone (non glass) mediadevil screen porotector.

    However, I have read issues, crazy as it sounds, with pressure on the lid causing an imprint of the keyboard left on the screen.

    I rarely take my rMBP 'out and about' but its always in a soft case if I do and I baby it.

    If I was a student or business person traveling, I would get a 'hard case' to protect against pressure on lid of the rMBP.

    Hope this helps.
    ps
    I always avoid eating or drinking when using the rMBP unless attached to monitor with lid closed.
    Even then I'm super careful, these things aren't inexpensive.
     
  6. maflynn Moderator

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    I've never used or needed one, and while my kids poke the screen and leave fingerprints (which annoys me to no end), I still don't see a need.
     
  7. HerbertDerb macrumors regular

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  8. makinao macrumors regular

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    Those keyboard covers collect dust, and you have to find space to put them down flatly so they don't develop creases. Not worth the hassle.

    I also used to use keyboard covers (a.k.a. condoms) on my iBook and old MacBook white, but they left smudges on the screen. So I finally quit using them.
     
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  10. honeybadger1022 macrumors member

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    I second this. Just helps the anxiety without being too much of a hassle.
     
  11. sneak3 macrumors 6502

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    I would definitely put a screen protector.

    Nothing is better than piece of mind. Just get a clear one and you will hardly feel the difference. Even if you do, Id say it's a good tradeoff.
     
  12. deany, Jan 20, 2017
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    deany macrumors 68030

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    I fail to see the issue here, I truly do.

    When Steve Jobs announced the iMac the top two features he said users wanted was-

    1/ Speed
    2/ Display

    With a rMBP battery is a major factor but I don't believe it would beat 1/ or 2/ above.

    You spend £2000+ or $2000+ on a machine, to coin an apple phrase, "with an absolutely gorgeous display" 2/ above

    I understand why folk including myself put screen protectors on their iPhones but putting a screen protector on a rMBP in 'normal conditions' is not needed IMHO

    If you are likely to take a hammer to the screen or 'do an Elvis' and shoot a bullet at it then yes maybe a screen protector is needed.

    If you are 'out and about' and there is a chance of pressure on the lid in say a rucksack or brief case then get a hard case to put rMBP in.

    Obviously dont put rMBP on a chair at home where it might be sat on by Aunt Lucy.

    Nb
    when cleaning the display make sure the microfibre cloth has zero grit / sand / particles etc if you really want to be OCD, nothing wrong with that, shake the cloth, inspect, and run over the cloth with one of these or similar https://www.amazon.co.uk/3M-836R-56...=UTF8&qid=1484939697&sr=1-4&keywords=3m+brush
    and keep cloth in a zip lock bag and replace cloth when you feel necessary.
     
  13. Baldrake macrumors 6502

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    I once had one of those literally melt when my MBP failed to go into sleep mode when I closed it up. It was a nightmare carefully peeling the congealed goo off the display.
     
  14. Badrottie Suspended

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    Screen Protector makes your new MacBook Pro looks ugly like Mae West. Don't do that!!
     
  15. chiamac macrumors member

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    Damn, harsh words for Mae :eek::D
     
  16. Mefisto macrumors 6502

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    Goddamn, I wish my MBP (screen) looked as good as Mae West!

    But yeah, I have never had a screen protector on my laptop (or phone, for that matter), and while the screen may get some dirt on it, it's really easy to clean.

    EDIT: https://support.apple.com/en-us/ht204172
     
  17. Jasmynp macrumors 6502

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    The screen on my 12" MacBook so smudged and I have no idea why. I'm definitely getting a screen protector.
     
  18. chiamac, Jan 21, 2017
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    My very first MacBook had lots of permanent stains on the screen from the finger oils on the keyboard. The screen flexes enough when held tightly or placed in a bag with books that the keyboard touches the sceen. Then I did something different on the next MacBook and it's been spotless for years without a screen protector, so try this first:

    Before closing the MacBook to carry or put in a bag, get a page from a magazine or any paper large enough to cover the keyboard and place it onto the keyboard and then close. While using the laptop, I store the paper in my laptop sleeve. A napkin is good too if you're in a pinch and lost the paper.
     
  19. puckhead193 macrumors G3

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    tell that to everyone else who I share my screen with. They always find a way to touch the screen.. :p

    but I don't see the point in a screen protector for a laptop.
     
  20. Jasmynp, Jan 22, 2017
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    @nattynnat - Just an update. I ordered this screen protector and this trackpad cover from amazon. Both work well and went on without issue.

    Protecting both was a must for me this time since as I mentioned earlier, but MacBook was so greasy by the end of my time with it. The oil from my hands transferred to the keys which transferred to the screen each time my laptop closed. I'm not a screen-toucher, but I am a regular lotion/hair product user which makes my keys oily. I've got this keyboard cover tomorrow. I think this should keep my keyboard, trackpad and screen grease free.

    I haven't seen any degrading in the clarity if the screen or sensitivity of the trackpad.

    eta: There is more glare on the screen though. I may get a privacy screen protector after while if I still like this one.
     
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  22. Jasmynp macrumors 6502

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    I've thought about it, but haven't found one I like. I'd prefer a clear low profile case.

    How about you?
     
  23. jmebbk macrumors regular

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    I'm not talking about out and about
    I'm talking about when the Mac sits on your desk
     
  24. Jasmynp macrumors 6502

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    Oh then no. Mine will travel with me do I'm considering a case. If I were leaving it it home I wouldn't use one.
     

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