[TIP] Glossy Vs. Matte Screens Review

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by SchneiderMan, Jun 13, 2008.

  1. SchneiderMan macrumors G3

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    So me and alot of other people here, new or old want to know whats better.

    so i went and did some research on both glossy and matte screens with pics,
    I personally think the glossy is the way to go, i have a glossy screen too:

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    Left is a Matte Screen, Right is a Glossy Screen; OUTDOORS


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    Left is a Glossy Screen, Right is a Matte Screen; OUTDOORS

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    Left is a Matte Screen, Right is a Glossy Screen; INDOORS

    So the glossy screen shows more contrast and color, i have had a matte screen laptop before and i really hated it, matte is matte, it will not show you bright colors and it too has glare to it.

    EDIT:

    "Dazzling display
    The glossy widescreen display on every iMac delivers incredibly rich, vivid color"
    imac screens are really pretty, and glossy lol
     
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    are they your pics? whats the brightness on the screens in the first and second pics?

    for me and my glossy MBP the screen isnt readable in sunlight unless at full brightness. what about full brightness matte?

    EDIT: also the glare on the matte screen in the last pic is from the flash being right in front of the screen, you wont get that indoors in normal lighting conditions.
     
  3. Vster macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the pics! It's great to see them side by side.

    I've always liked the glossy screen more :D
     
  4. SchneiderMan thread starter macrumors G3

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    they are all on 100%
     
  5. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Do you want advice or are you advising us?
    Frankly, glossy is pretty but I find the on-screen results for things like photographs to be misleading and that only leads to prints that aren't quite satisfying to me. I have had a glossy screen desktop replacement (laptop that weighs 100 lbs) and it was horrid for my photo editing/printing.
     
  6. ben.mcmahan macrumors member

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    I'm not arguing with you - just pointing out that every image can point in one direction or the other. (my ibook matte screen is terrible in direct light, fwiw)

    I've heard that inverting your screen is the best for sunlight, whether glossy or matte. = command - option - shift - 8

    or there is an app that switches the colors to monochrome - and the high contrast is easier to see in bright light - I've forgotten the name for now...i think you can even set it to turn on using the ambient light sensor (i.e. when it is really really bright, it switches)....
     
  7. SchneiderMan thread starter macrumors G3

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  8. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    You changed your title, now my post looks retarded. Thanks. :cool:
     
  9. skinaked2 macrumors newbie

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    i have been advised to go with the matte screen over and over, supposedly it is a lot easier on your eyes and the glossy is misleading, yes it might be good for movies which is a lot of what i will be doing but, i am have had a matte screen my whole life and it gives good color and picture so i think i will go with the advise that people tell me and get the matte, i am going to order it tomorrow
     
  10. SchneiderMan thread starter macrumors G3

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    lol sorry, but you are right i need to change the titile to a tip :D
     
  11. paisios macrumors member

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    So, those were your pics then? If they are not I would wonder if they had been manipulated. Kinda like that video that came out comparing the first intel imacs with g5 boot time.

    I've been trying to decide this as well. Seems like the reflections would be distracting. BUt the punched up color is nice. BUT then you got color correction issues.

    Would calibration help with trying to get accurate prints? Anyone have experience with this on a glossy?

    not that this really matters but invert monitor is control option command 8.
     
  12. SchneiderMan thread starter macrumors G3

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    no those are "research" pics
    and i dont think that the colors on the glossy will damage you prints or anything like that.. i will not be WAY off
     
  13. motulist macrumors 601

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    Are both of these screens almost the exact same age? Most screens grow dimer as they get older.

    Regardless, for objects with different reflective qualities, you're never gonna get a photo that at all accurately captures their different qualities. While these photos are interesting for discussion, people should not use these pictures to help them determine which screen type to get.
     
  14. ImNoSuperMan macrumors 65816

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    +1
    Glossy will definitely strain your eyes way more than matte ever could. I`d prefer matte over glossy any day given that I`ve had enough experience with both. But I`d also like point out the glossy screen on my MacBook is way way better than any other glossy display I`ve seen. SO it`s not all bad. But still matte is better IMHO.

    Colors on glossy display are very inaccurate(compared to matte). So you`d definitely get printouts which look very different than what you see on the screen.
     
  15. motulist macrumors 601

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    That's the point that everyone seems to miss in these glossy vs. matte discussion threads. It all comes down to personal preference. People just need to accept that even though it's a piece of technology, there is no better or worse product, just one that you personally prefer.

    Personally I strongly dislike glossy. I've got an iPod, and even though the screen is tiny, I still can't ignore the glossiness unless I'm in a completely pitch black room. I dislike the gloss on the iPod's screen so much that I've been looking for a good matte screen cover I can put over it.

    Just use what you prefer, getting other people's opinion to help you make a decision will do you almost no good.
     
  16. ben.mcmahan macrumors member

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    glossy on the left (MB) matte on the right (MBP)

    not my picture - but was one of the ones that popped up when the glossy v. matted rolled through last time.

    i'll be getting a MBP to supplement my little ibook g4 that could, and I'm settled on matte, so i hope they keep that option active...
     
  17. eXan macrumors 601

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    Your photos are very misleading. You need to use identical screens, just with different coating (glossy and matte). The most accurate comparison would be the 15" MBP with the same configuration except for screen coating.

    Just for kicks, here's a pic I've just made of a glossy MB vs a matte LED 15" MBP with both facing the window.
    Sorry.
     

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  18. surferfromuk macrumors 65816

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    If my matte screen on my led 15" MBP looked like any of these pictures - I'd be taking it back. Fact is you need a professional photographer to capture the differences in a controlled environment.
     
  19. SchneiderMan thread starter macrumors G3

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    any people here having some eye strain with matte screens?

    all the iMacs have glossy screens right? they look awesome, but for people with sensitive eyes will have trouble
     
  20. MattZani macrumors 68030

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    Well, i do Graphic Design work, and im still going for the Glossy.

    The Matte just cannot compare for me, The Glossy looks better, is easier to read in Direct Sunlight, can be angled to get rid of Glare (The Matte just disperses the light, making the whole thing unusable) and i prefer the look.
     
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    I feel it does come down to personal preference which is the kicker because there is NO OPTION for matte on the MB/iMac we have to buy glossy.

    I wonder why the ACDs aren't glossy ...

    ;)
     
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  23. ben.mcmahan macrumors member

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    yes - exactly. I even had it installed for awhile...but couldnt remember the name. It does a better job than the straight screen inverse (which works really well, btw)

    i wrote much of my comps exam outside (in the shade), but the inverse helped on the bright days, of which there are many in tucson
     

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