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i really like the look of glossy screen, which looks very expensive.
i have not used the glossy screen for more than a few minutes, and are very comfortable with the original / standard screen on my cinema displays and powerbooks.

i like to hear your opinions and discussions, and please correct me if i am mistaken.

the glossy screen:

Can be more difficult to view under bright day light because of glare?
It is more difficult to clean because scratches show up easier?
Upon extensive use will the eyes get tired easier?

I am used to pairing my powerbook with the cinema display running dual screen, will one glossy next to standard look odd while working?

Does the user's usage dictate its screen preference? like final cut to photoshop to MS office?

Specs on the contrast, colour and brightness all absolutey identical?

Which screen is in higher demand or has better/less resale value?
If the glossy screen is so nice and preferred as some people posted, is it eventually making its way across the apple product line?
then there will be so much more headache....
 

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I think most of those points have already been discussed in other threads, but here are my 2¢:

Glossy screens are only good to look at in dimly lit or dark rooms with few light sources. In a typical office for instance, where the ceiling is covered with fluorescent lamps, or a room with lots of windows on a sunny day, it's pain to find a viewing angle where you aren't getting glare. Dust, finger prints and scratches will show more. The glossy screen probably scratches easier too. Using a glossy screen outdoors on a sunny day would be frustrating, so would using it in a car on a long trip on a sunny day. I took a road trip to Montreal from Toronto on Canada Day weekend, and tried to kill the time playing PSP and watching a movie on my MacBook Pro. The PSP, which has a high-gloss screen was very difficult to use because I could hardly see the picture with all the glare. The MacBook Pro's screen (non-glossy) was quite usable. Much better than previous iBooks and 12" PowerBook I've owned in the past and tried to use in-car. The brightness/contrast increase Apple added in the last round of PowerBooks, which carried over to the MacBook Pro really makes a difference.

The non-glossy screen shows next to no glare at all, doesn't show fingerprints, dust and scratches easily and has a fantastic viewing angle (great for showing to multiple people at once). While the colour and contrast may be better on the glossy screen, they aren't bad on the non-glossy screen (it's still a fantastic screen), so unless you are going to always use it in dimly lit conditions, I just don't understand why anyone would want to put up with all the negatives, for a slight improvement on what is already a beautiful picture.

Bottom line: glossy screen has slightly better colour saturation and brightness, but is much less usable in a wide range of viewing environments/angles. Non-glossy screen looks good in a much greater range of viewing environments/angles.
 

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Ive used the glossy screen in various light sources(outside in sun, at work inder flourescent for example) and never noticed any glare. The PC laptops I've seen with glossay screens seem to reflect more. I don't know if Apple put on some sort of anti glare coating but I havent noticed any at all.


After looking at a non glossy MBP yesterday I can honestly say that I much prefer the glossy screen.
 

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The glossy screen on the MacBook is well executed, it looks beautiful. I still prefer a matte screen for colour accuracy but I think most consumers will really like the glossy screen. Smart move by Apple.
 

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the glossy screen:

Can be more difficult to view under bright day light because of glare?
It is more difficult to clean because scratches show up easier?
Upon extensive use will the eyes get tired easier?
I have an HP laptop with a glossy screen and a 12" iBook with a matte screen.

In general, I prefer the glossy screen and haven't had problems with scratches. It does show dust and fingerprints more than the matte when turned off, but when it is on you don't really notice them.

My eyes don't get tired using either the glossy or matte.

The big problem with the glossy screen is bright light, especially during the daytime. In the morning when I use it, with the laptop turned away from the sun, it is almost like a mirror and can be difficult to read.

I've never had anything close to that kind of problem with my matte screen. Even in direct sunlight it doesn't reflect very much.

I've heard that the Apple glossy screens don't reflect as badly as older ones do. I bought my HP last August and I haven't seen how the new Mac ones handle in bright light.
 

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I don't own a glossy screen Apple - but I was comparing MBP's recently at Yorkdale, and I have to say that the glossy screen *appeared* to be much brighter and more readable than the matte screen, at least under the stores lighting conditions.

When I pick up a MBP, I will probably be getting a glossy screen. Personally, I like it, and to be honest, even with reflections I'm sure it won't take long to get used to - the monitor I use at work is an old school 15" CRT, and there are windows at my back so all I see are reflections on the screen when I'm just sitting there - but I hardly notice it when I'm doing work.
 

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In a dimly-lit room, or under indirect lighting, the glossy screens will generally 'look' better because of the greater colour saturation and higher contrast. However, under anything other than these ideal conditions, the matt screens are better. Glossy screens are also more prone to collecting dust and fingerprints, so they need to be cleaned more often.

Personally, I hate the glossy screens, and wouldn't consider buying one of the new macbooks for that reason alone.

The glossy screen is purely an adaptation to being displayed next to a bunch of Dells and other PC laptops with glossy screens. If you set up a display with 10 laptops, and half of them have glossy screens, because of the indirect (and relatively dim) lighting in most stores, the glossy screens will look better. But in the real world, the matt screens will be better in 8/10 situations. What's more important is that in the situation where the matt screen is sub-optimal, it's still perfectly useable, whereas in the situation where the glossy screen is sub-optimal, it's completely unusable. So the glossy screen is really a poor choice for most laptops, but people still prefer them in the showroom.

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I say dont go for the glossy screen im at the apple store as we speak posting from the macbook pro. In maryland. and go for the matte i personally like it better
 

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What the hell are most of you talking about? Transreflective screens are meant to work better outdoor than matte screens can, and they are better in that aspect. There is a reason why glossy screens are available in MacBooks and only optional for MacBook Pros. For a non-professional, glossy screens are more attractive.

Rollee. what you should do is take a look at both yourself.
 

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I have been using an HP notebook with a glossy screen since December - although for the last week I have been using an iBook and after using the glossy screen for so long I find the iBook screen just doesn't look all that appealing in comparison. Just drab.
 
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