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    glossy versus matte??

    Ok been looking at apples mac book pros 15" models.

    But cant decide which screen type to go with, matte or glossy.

    Just need some input on pros and cons of both.

    I mean for the most part it will be at work where we have over head lighting and at home.

    I may use it out doors during the summer months but thats about it for out door use.


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    Glossy screens show fingerprints more... even if you never touch it!

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    Quote Originally Posted by gecko View Post
    Ok been looking at apples mac book pros 15" models.

    But cant decide which screen type to go with, matte or glossy.

    Just need some input on pros and cons of both.

    I mean for the most part it will be at work where we have over head lighting and at home.

    I may use it out doors during the summer months but thats about it for out door use.

    Well, I have an iMac with matte and an macbook pro with gloosy and high res. The MBP has a much nicer looking 'black' colour and is overall much more crisp. Not that the iMac is fuzzy or anything. It's just like any normal TFT. The only issue is glare on the glossy can be quite distracting.

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    ric beat me again.

    also i get a feeling of the glossy screens being overly bright and lack colour when viewing from a slightly higher/lower viewing angle than is intended

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    The glossy screens are really good for crisp bright color reproduction and looking good, the matte ones are usually better at everything else. As people have said they show marks up more and are easier to accidentally scratch (teachers shutting paper in their laptops to keep it 'safe')

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    thought it would help me a bit in choosing , looks like a trip to a store that have both to see for myself because am not so sure now :-S

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    Quote Originally Posted by gecko View Post
    thought it would help me a bit in choosing , looks like a trip to a store that have both to see for myself because am not so sure now :-S
    good idea gecko. Always got to compare and contrast by getting hands on.

    The glare is less of an issue in the home than it would in most office environments, because of the abundance of flourescent lighting in offices which can make viewing a glossy screen somewhat distracting. Also a matte screen is better outdoors and with direct sunlight coming from behind when you're working on the laptop.

    the fingerprint problem is not an issue if you're a grown adult, and can actually use you're laptop without touching the screen. Quite easy to do if you're not a teacher or schoolkid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by torledo View Post
    good idea gecko. Always got to compare and contrast by getting hands on.

    The glare is less of an issue in the home than it would in most office environments, because of the abundance of flourescent lighting in offices which can make viewing a glossy screen somewhat distracting. Also a matte screen is better outdoors and with direct sunlight coming from behind when you're working on the laptop.

    the fingerprint problem is not an issue if you're a grown adult, and can actually use you're laptop without touching the screen. Quite easy to do if you're not a teacher or schoolkid.
    I have a g4 powerbook 12" and have to turn it away from any sunlight otherwise I cant see or make out much of anything thats on the screen.

    Was considering the glossy screen but tbh , not really sure what to make of it.

    It will be my own so cleaning it and keeping it clean shouldnt be an issue.

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