Which is better outdoors Glossy Or Matte

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by JSmoove05, Jun 6, 2007.

  1. JSmoove05 macrumors 6502

    Jun 4, 2007
    I just tryed my sisters mac book pro matte outside and you can see fine but the picutre is alot less bright. Im wondering if Glossy you can see better outside then the matte or will you have alot of reflections thanks.
  2. Mac-Addict macrumors 65816


    Aug 30, 2006
    The glossy is very bad for outside work and matte is great for outside work. Simple.
  3. Sbrocket macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2007
    Either screen is going to appear less bright in direct sunlight, no matter if it is matte or glossy. In addition, the glossy screen reportedly has a tendency to be very reflective in direct sunlight.

    In the end, neither screen is "better" outside. Both will not be as visible as if you were inside with indoor lighting. The best thing to do, if possible, is to check display models at an Apple Store and simply pick whichever you like best.

  4. mashinhead macrumors 68030

    Oct 7, 2003
    i disagree, i specifically bought the glossy because it is better in the sunlight. the matte you can not see in the sunlight at all the glossy is much more visable.
  5. wasabi612 macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2007
    I am outside right now on my new MBP and i have the glossy display. I also have a macbook pro with a matte display and this glossy is by far much better outside. The glossy is perfect and you can see better becuase the screen to me seems so much brighter. GO with the glossy dont worry about glare you never get it because the LED's are so bright in this screen that it makes it very bright.
  6. Spanky Deluxe macrumors 601

    Spanky Deluxe

    Mar 17, 2005
    London, UK
    In my experience, the glossy is in fact much better. The matte display seems to disperse the incoming light across the entire display, making things very hard to read. The glossy display reflects it all so although the sun will glare at you if it shines directly at it, you can still read everything.

    Go to a store that sells Macs and look at Matte and Glossy displays at an angle to shining lights and you'll see what I mean. I hope this helps!! :)
  7. feyd_ehway macrumors regular


    Mar 10, 2005
    i have the glossy and i do love it. but in my opinion it hurts my eyes when i use it outside. [so i dont :p ]
  8. MaaseyRacer macrumors regular

    Oct 30, 2005
    San Francisco, Ca.
    The glossy is a pure gimick. It is meant to apeal to the "oooo shiney" crowd.
  9. e12a macrumors 68000


    Oct 28, 2006
    Glossy is better in that you can actually see contents on the screen...but you will have massive reflections. Matte is totally useless in direct sunlight.
  10. geerlingguy macrumors 6502a


    Feb 11, 2003
    St. Louis, USA
    It's okay, though - because the "oooo shiny" crowd likes shiny things. It's their loss ;)

    In my opinion, the matte screen helps if you're doing things that require more color accuracy or design accuracy, because of the diffusion and evenness of the pixels. Kind of like how having a grey background helps if you don't want to distort the colors you see on a photo in Photoshop.

    It's more boring to have matte, but it helps if you need it.

    (I wish there were a display that could be matte for design work, then switch to glossy for watching movies!).
  11. NewSc2 macrumors 65816

    Jun 4, 2005
    New York, NY
    I've owned a Powerbook (matte 17"), Macbook, and a Macbook Pro Glossy. I've also extensively used our Macbook Pro Matte at work, outdoors.

    All laptops suck in the sun. It's not just laptops either -- CRT TV's, Plasmas, fluorescent signs, everything becomes hard to read with so much ambient light.

    It's true that a glossy will reflect more in the sunlight, but it is by far the better choice. The matte finish diffuses so much light that it's hard to read at any angle. I have to turn my matte display to full to barely see anything, and then I end up trying to shade the screen with a jacket or under a tree, and move up 3-4" away to see anything. The glossy screen just has glare galore but if you can see past the glare (which usually jsut takes some tilting of the screen) there's a decent viewing underneath.
  12. sycho macrumors 6502a


    Oct 7, 2006
    It's quite the opposite, when I have used a normal Matte screen laptop outdoors, I needed to have the brightness up all the way, and I could barely see a thing. This was on a few different kinds of laptops.

    With my MacBook Pro, I can sit outside in the sunlight with the backlight completely off and I still have a perfectly usable screen.

    But again, to each there own. I have had excellent uses of a glossy screen outside, while the matte screens where extremely poor.
  13. wasabi612 macrumors newbie

    Mar 11, 2007
    well as far as the OOO SHINY crowd goes i dont think i would consider my self one of those people, i just like the better picture. This is my 14th apple computer so i dont buy things just becuase they look cool i buy what looks the best.

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