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Old Apr 26th, 2010, 08:31 PM   #11
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Old Apr 26th, 2010, 08:42 PM   #12
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Agreed. I'm cool with paying the extra for the hi-res option, but paying more for matte seems like a scam. You don't pay more for french vs english keyboard....

Just a bit of a tick off as I'm about to get a new mpb to replace my current one.

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Old Apr 26th, 2010, 09:48 PM   #13
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I want a matte screen 13" pro but it's not an option and I guess they need to use up the C2D chips before the 13" pro goes I3, I5 or I7.
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Old Apr 26th, 2010, 10:39 PM   #14
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Agreed. I'm cool with paying the extra for the hi-res option, but paying more for matte seems like a scam. You don't pay more for french vs english keyboard....
the matte screens are built on an "as needed" basis. its not the same thing at all as buying a french laptop, where literally hundreds or thousands are made to fill the demands of an entire province/country etc.

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I want a matte screen 13" pro but it's not an option and I guess they need to use up the C2D chips before the 13" pro goes I3, I5 or I7.
i doubt itll ever be an option on the 13". despite what it says on the glossy display, the 13" isnt really a "pro" machine.
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Old Apr 26th, 2010, 10:54 PM   #15
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After using a glossy MBP for almost a year (and a glossy-ish white macbook before that), I've now made the move to a matte display and it's much, much better for me. Once calibrated, the colours are a reasonable match with my pro level NEC monitor on the Mac Pro, which is worth the expense of the upgrade for me.

I'm no sure the matte display MBPs built on an as-needed basis, they had the i7 Matte in stock at the Ottawa Apple Store, in both French and English configurations.

I do think the aluminium bezel they use for the matte screen probably costs more than just putting a pane of glass over it though.

I much prefer the hi-res panel (I think that 1680x1050 is the ideal resolution for a 15.4" display. We have some Lenovos with 1920x1200 15.4" at work, and those are just too small). I can see how some people, especially those that mostly deal with text and not graphics, would prefer the 1440x900 resolution.

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Old Apr 26th, 2010, 10:59 PM   #16
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I'm very glad I chose the matte option on my MBP. I had used a 13" glossy MBP, and based on that I made my decision.

But I finally got to try the exact laptop I have, but with a glossy screen. I sat them next to each other, and did the same tasks on them with the same display settings.

I really got annoyed at seeing my reflection in the glossy screen. It hurt my eyes after a while.

If I get another MBP, I'll once again go for the matte option, even if it's only available on the higher-res screen for a premium.
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Old Apr 26th, 2010, 11:26 PM   #17
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t despite what it says on the glossy display, the 13" isnt really a "pro" machine.
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Old Apr 26th, 2010, 11:32 PM   #18
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Matte!!

I was just at an Apple store last week and they had a matte 17". It looked really good. When I read about the silver border around the edges, I thought yuk. But it looks quite good IMHO. The screen itself also looks very bright and other than the lack of reflection (and there's a lot of reflection on a glossy one - one thing my wife and I both hate about our 13"), it looks almost the same.

If you're really not sure why not take a drive to an Apple store and see for yourself. Just make sure they have one in stock before heading out.
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Old Apr 26th, 2010, 11:54 PM   #19
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Wow seems everyone likes the matte. I guess I'll have a look at the matte before getting the new mbp. Nice reading all your comments guys.

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Old Apr 27th, 2010, 03:08 AM   #20
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the matte screens are built on an "as needed" basis. its not the same thing at all as buying a french laptop, where literally hundreds or thousands are made to fill the demands of an entire province/country etc.
I'm not so sure about that. Otherwise why would they always have matte machines in the refurb store? They build what they think they'll sell. And apple seems to think they can charge $50 more for matte. We pay because we want them, not because it's costing apple that much more to make them. It's a premium like many of the things apple does.
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