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Glossy vs Matte Thoughts
Authored by: drmacnut on Oct 15, '08 01:24:21AM

I admit that when I bought my latest MBP 15" this summer, I got the matte screen for fear of the glossy! But since then, I also have been using a September-built iMac 24" with glossy in my office, and to tell you all the truth, I quite like it. I have it hooked up to a brand-new matte 24" Cinema Display right next to the iMac, so I can easily compare. The glossy seems brighter and sharper (I say "seems" as in "appears", not "is" scientifically), and I think now that I would not be too scared to get a glossy new MBP. As Steve Jobs said earlier today in defending the glossy, it's easy to reposition a portable computer.

I got my girlfriend a glossy MacBook earlier this year, and she doesn't even notice the difference between my matte MBP and her MB. Even after I pointed it out to her, she didn't get the difference. In truth, when I use her MB, it doesn't bother me at all; I just sort of "look past" the glare that lights may cause on the screen.

Overall, I trust Apple, Mr. Ive, and Steve's tastes. It's like the lack of FW 400 on the new MBPs: wha?? First reaction: "I need that FW400!!". Then I think back to the days when I said "I need SCSI!" or "I need ADB!". So I guess I need to buy a couple more LaCie Ruggeds with FW400/800 and get on with life.

Finally, it is indeed be true that the MacBook and MacBook Pro are becoming more alike in appearance. Perhaps this is slowly opening the door for something of a new form factor to fill the gap. January 2009 anyone? ;)

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