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Old Apr 27th, 2010, 10:17 AM   #21
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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.
Matte 13" Pro would be nice - but I used a Screen Film on my old 13" MBP and it was adequate enough...

Re: Core2Duo - the new Core iX chips wouldn't work in the 13" - because of Intel forcing it's crummy "HD Graphics" on everyone and suing Nvidia to stop them from making Integrated Graphics chipsets for the iX series of processors. (like the 320M in the current MBP 13").

There's already a thread here explaining it.
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Old Apr 27th, 2010, 10:42 AM   #22
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Thought the glossy screen on my MBP would be a disappointment when I got it, but I couldn't have been more wrong. The colour is far more vibrant than my previous powerbook, and the reflections rarely cause a problem. When the do, a quick change to the angle of the screen quickly solves the problem. The tradeoff for colour and vibrancy far outweighs the annoyance of reflectiveness IMO.
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Old Apr 27th, 2010, 11:25 AM   #23
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Glossy screens are bad news. It's not just the reflection (which is really bad), but the colours are totally inaccurate. It shows contrast and saturation that simply is not there on the source material.

I've got a glossy iMac with a matte LG second monitor, and the difference is startling... EVERYTHING looks better on the matte monitor.
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Thought the glossy screen on my MBP would be a disappointment when I got it, but I couldn't have been more wrong. The colour is far more vibrant than my previous powerbook, and the reflections rarely cause a problem. When the do, a quick change to the angle of the screen quickly solves the problem. The tradeoff for colour and vibrancy far outweighs the annoyance of reflectiveness IMO.
Compared to an old MacBook I would have to agree. Compared to a new macbook with a matte screen, I totally disagree. But that's only after seeing them side by side.
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Old Apr 27th, 2010, 01:05 PM   #25
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Thought the glossy screen on my MBP would be a disappointment when I got it, but I couldn't have been more wrong. The colour is far more vibrant than my previous powerbook, and the reflections rarely cause a problem. When the do, a quick change to the angle of the screen quickly solves the problem. The tradeoff for colour and vibrancy far outweighs the annoyance of reflectiveness IMO.
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Glossy screens are bad news. It's not just the reflection (which is really bad), but the colours are totally inaccurate. It shows contrast and saturation that simply is not there on the source material.

I've got a glossy iMac with a matte LG second monitor, and the difference is startling... EVERYTHING looks better on the matte monitor.
In a sense, you're both right, IMHO. While I vastly prefer the Matte Screen on my MBP, if my primary use for the laptop was content consumption (looking at pics online, Facebook, YouTube, DVDs, etc...) then I would probably want Glossy. It does make all the colours "pop" - despite being less accurate.

The issue for professionals using the screen, is that the glossy is not representative of what's going to print out - so if you're proofing for print/video, the Matte screen is better.

But Apple loves them Glossy Screens 'cause they look awesome when Apple's showing media on them as demos in stores.
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Old Apr 27th, 2010, 01:35 PM   #26
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the 13" doesnt have a dedicated GPU, nor is it available in a matte screen. therefore, its not suitable for any sort of "pro" work based on the needs of most professionals (video, still, design, hell even audio) i deal with. even look at the results of the poll from the users of this site, many of whom are design, web etc. pros.

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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.
because matte screen machines get delivered DOA or fail almost right away just the same as glossy screened machines do, so they end up getting sent back, fixed up and in the refurb store, just the same as glossy screened machines do

fyi there is more to the matte screen machines than just sticking a different display on the same computer. the bluetooth assembly is different on the matte machines, as is the topcase (to accommodate the BT assembly). the cost of building those unique topcases and BT assemblies has to be factored in, as well as the cost of running a separate line or however they do it...
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wow, what a really cool discussion! Great to read all your comment guys!
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Old Apr 28th, 2010, 06:47 AM   #28
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I went glossy this time around for general use - I have a second monitor that I use for anything that really needs colour accuracy. I really find the glossy screens great for day to day surfing and gaming.
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Old Apr 28th, 2010, 09:23 AM   #29
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The issue for professionals using the screen, is that the glossy is not representative of what's going to print out - so if you're proofing for print/video, the Matte screen is better.
True. But I've always wondered if these professionals wouldn't normally have their MBP's connected to larger a 20-30" matte display, thus making it a non-issue.
I can see possibly getting away with it if one had a 17" MBP.
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A matte screen isn't just for "professionals". One of the reasons I haven't updated to the intels yet is no matte screen. I love my little 12" Powerbook, and really don't need or want anything bigger. But if the 13" went matte, I would be all over it. And yes, I record music on this little thing - it's also great for gigs.

The glossy screens are great for watching video, and gaming, but for those if us who use it for accounting, writing, web design, or just reading the web, the matte screen can be a lot easier on the eyes. It's softer, kind of like reading a newspaper as opposed to a glossy papered pamphlet. The glossy lets things pop out, but that's not good for your eyes for hours at a time.

So really, what is your primary use?
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