the million dollar question: matte or glossy...for a writer...?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by musiclover166, Jun 12, 2008.

  1. musiclover166 macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2008
    i'm looking to make my big first mac book pro purchase tonight, pretty excited! i'll be getting a 2.5 mbp with added memory, but am still having difficulty deciding about the matte/ glossy issue after sifting through allll of the many many threads about it. i use photoshop a bit as well as the iDVD and the video editing software, but i will be on the computer for hours a day just writing away, and i get headaches would glossy be a poor option? advice would be helpful!!

    also, is there a big difference between the 2.5 and 2.6 version? i have lots of music and use safari and have many many photos but aside form that, would 2.5 cut it?

    thanks!! :)
  2. bix21 macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2008

    get the 2.5- you wont be able to tell the difference and it will handle everything you need. I would also get the matte screen as it is nice to be able to view the screen from an angle without receiving glare.
  3. SchneiderMan macrumors G3


    May 25, 2008
    the best advise that i can give you is:

    go to an apple store and check them out, they have both
    or a best buy store

    you will see for yourself

    edit: matte lcd's for laptops are really old school
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    For your applications, you probably wouldn't notice any difference at all between the 2.5GHz and 2.6GHz processors. A bigger difference would be upping the RAM from 2MB to 4MB.

    As far as the screen, your best bet, if you can, is to go to an Apple store and spend some time with both the matte and glossy, noting how much the glare affects you. I have chronic daily headaches from back problems and can comfortably spend 12-18 hours a day on my MBP with a matte screen. The eyestrain from dealing with the glare on a glossy screen would have me running in 15 minutes. But that's me. Everyone is different, which is why it's best to check for yourself.
  5. kabunaru Guest

    Jan 28, 2008
    Get matte. My eyes started to hurt/strain after a long use with glossy. So, matte. Matte would be better for people who spend a lot of time on the computer.
  6. GaryKessler macrumors newbie

    May 23, 2008
    Get the Matte Display and buy a screen protector

    I made the mistake of NOT buying a clear plastic screen protector on my previous G4 Titanium Powerbook and in the first year managed to scratch the display with a ball point pen. Not serious, but VERY annoying. Apple wouldn't initially replace it, but Apple eventually replaced it when it went in for other fixes in the last week of apple care. (in the last week of the extended warranty they replaced the display, hard drive, optical drive, mother board, keyboard and airport card - essentially a whole new computer) I bought a new MacBookPro last year and bought a Macally clear plastic screen protector, which protects the display from scratches and dumb things like a ballpoint or felt tip pen sweeping across it, and turns the matte screen into a somewhat glossy screen, but not as glossy as the glossy screen you'd order. I'm a writer too and it's not a problem staring at it all day and I wouldn't have another laptop without a screen protector. It's great for staring at the blank page for hours and hours on end. LOL It's $7 versus well over $1,000 to replace the screen.

    Gary K
  7. musiclover166 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 12, 2008
    thanks for the responses, I'm pretty sure of the matte now, although I'd now love to see it in person before I purchase.

    Do apple stores offer mbps with the option of extra ram all set up so customers can just walk in and buy them, or is BTO only online?
  8. swingsong macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2001
    Matte. As a print designer for over 10 years, I can assure you the colors are accurate enough for Photoshop and will reduce your eye strain and look more like paper. Save glossy screens for gamers and DVDs nuts I guess.
  9. KingYaba macrumors 68040


    Aug 7, 2005
    Up the irons
    Only online and I would suggest saving a lot of money by purchasing your upgrades from a 3rd party vendor. Upgrading memory does not void your warranty and you can get 4 GB for under $100 now. Apple charges $400. :eek: A few suggestions:
  10. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You're much better off buying the RAM from someone other than Apple... very simple to install. World Computing/53IM2DDR4GBK/
  11. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

    Jan 6, 2004
    matte vs glossy really is a personal preference. no one can tell you which is 'better'. get to a store and take a look at the different screens and see which one works the best for you.

    and ram? always install yourself. easy to do and much cheaper.
  12. virtualinc macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2007
    Carrboro, NC, USA
    For your uses, I'd say save five hundred bucks and get the 2.4. And you'll probably be happier with the glossy screen. I'm a designer and have a matte display for work, but I prefer a glossy screen on my laptop. Much better contrast makes for much easier reading. Photos look fantastic on it, too.
  13. tmelvin macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2008
    I agree with some of the other posters here; go to a store and take a look. Those that say the glossy is terrible is based on their opinion. I have a glossy White MB 2.2 and it's fine. I don't write novels, but do a ton of business corespondents and some light HTML, and it's great. Light, portable, fast, and easy to use. Plus, how often do you look at your notebook from an angle? I don't...I usually sit right in front of it.

    If you're editing photo/film, and need the best possible color, etc. then get a Mac Pro, ACD and knock yourself out. But my refurb MB/2.2 for under $900 is always with a good friend :) [Okay, I know...I need to get out more :p)
  14. Lunja macrumors 6502


    May 15, 2005
    Lincoln UK
    I echo what's already been said. The matte screen will be far more comfortable to work on for long periods of time, and the 2.4 will be powerful enough to handle video.

    If you are going to be spending a lot of time writing, it may be worth looking into external keyboards. If you've been writing on desktop keyboards in the past and then switch to the flatter laptop keyboards, you may find them uncomfortable. If writing is your profession then you can't afford any downtime because of an uncomfortable keyboard...

    Just my 2p :)
  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Um.... how about not trying to write on the screen? It's free! :D
  16. athenaesword macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2008
    lol that cracked me up. although it's probably not such a good idea at the poor guy who scratched his screen. he did get it fixed though under warranty so i guess u do get to annoy him. can't decide.

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