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Poll posted - New MacBook Pros and glossy screens
Authored by: osxpounder on Oct 15, '08 09:54:39AM

Yes, it's a deal-breaker. If the MacBook Pro comes with only a glossy screen, it's off the wish list. I chose my current MacBook Pro *because* it had a matte screen. Primary feature AFAIC.

I may be forced to use one in the future because, let's face it, it's still the best option for some kinds of work (vis á vis Windows or Linux laptops).

I work mostly with graphics and animation programs. I stare at my screens for many, many hours.

Glossy screens make all my work harder to do, and harder to see. It seems glossy screens work best when the room is dark, but that's unhealthy and, anyway, not an option for me at the office cube farm.

Glossy screens tend to cause headaches and eyestrain because we must put extra effort into seeing through the reflections on the screen.

Apple is certainly aware of the 2 facts above. These have been tenets of office ergonomics for more than 10 years.

Matte screens are harder to clean, sure, but they are healthier for my eyes and my head, both of which I rely on for my living. Color-matching is not a serious issue for me, but seeing my screen instead of my office's reflection is.

Maybe there can be an aftermarket stick-on matte screen?

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I can always degloss…
Authored by: DevMac on Oct 15, '08 10:59:02AM
If you have to "think" there maybe an aftermarket stick-on matte screen, you really have to question some of your comments.

There is a difference between reflection and glare.

Certainly refelection can be eliminated by changing the angle of the screen, height of the chair/desktop and/or relocation of your postion relative to the light source.

Glare can be often reduced by simply repositioning the screen so it doesn't reflect off its surface, e.g., place the screen between you and the sun or light source.

You want to reduce eye strain, get a big monitor. Real big.

Owned and worked in graphic studios/agencies for over 20 years. Early days, we customized a lot of hoods until we realized that tilting a screen or adjusting room lighting eliminated the issue. And if you ever worked in that field, 10 to 14-hour days were not out of the norm.

Again, the new bright LED backlit LCDs make a significant difference on reflection. Think about it. Stand in front of a window and the darker the night, the greater the reflection. Stand in front of a window and the brighter the day, the less the reflection.

Great source in any event:

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