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    Macbook Pro - Glossy vs Matte display?

    Has anybody had any experience with the new Macbook Pro displays?

    I would like to purchase a new Macbook Pro with the glossy display. It looks better in my opinion (especially with the black frame around it).

    Although, I have heard several complaints about the glossy display. Mostly due to the fact that it is useless in the sunlight.

    The alternative is the Matte display, but I don't really see much benefits of choosing this over the glossy one.

    I have also been told that the glossy screen displays richer colours, whereas the matte screen displays colours that look pale & washed out.

    I'm looking for advice from WHT members who currently own (or have used) the new Macbook Pro. Any comments such as "macs suck, get a pc" will be disregarded.
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    My brother in law has an macbook pro, and he went with the glossy instead of the matte, i would prefer non-glossy.

    Maybe you can ask a friend who owns one for a testdrive?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheServerExperts View Post
    Maybe you can ask a friend who owns one for a testdrive?
    My friends aren't really into mac computers.
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    My sister has the glossy finish, and I must say it looks amazing.

    Like you said, the colours are very rich and in-depth.

    I'd prefer the glossy over the matte anyday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by XENnode View Post
    I'd prefer the glossy over the matte anyday.
    Does the sunlight affect usage at all?
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    any light can be a killer with the glossy display. a typically screen only has a matte finish. They just give you more options at apple because they believe it brings in more business.

    Personally, I hate the glossy display. Unless you are going to be in a dark room by yourself w/o any light all the time, the glossy is not worth it. The matte is useable in every light. Yes, things may not look quite as bright, but in the end I think most users find the glossy annoying.

    Only real reason I could see using the glossy over the matte is if you are planning on doing ALOT of photo/video editing. GL on your decision.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Recoyle View Post
    Only real reason I could see using the glossy over the matte is if you are planning on doing ALOT of photo/video editing. GL on your decision.
    I am planning on doing a lot of designing.

    Also, I am from the UK so sunlight isn't really a problem over here
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    Fluorescent lights can also be an issue if those are installed in your workplace/area.

    But yea, if you are going to be editing alot then you may want to get the glossy screen, but you will still want a matte screen to connect so you can see those images/vids on a lower quality screen so you know that it looks good on both.

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    I'm more of a glossy person, I only like gadgets that are glossy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Recoyle View Post
    Fluorescent lights can also be an issue if those are installed in your workplace/area.

    But yea, if you are going to be editing alot then you may want to get the glossy screen, but you will still want a matte screen to connect so you can see those images/vids on a lower quality screen so you know that it looks good on both.
    That is a very good idea. I think will end up buying a Macbook Pro with a matte display & a glossy widescreen monitor.
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    I have both, non-mac, but we are talking screens here.

    I *much* prefer the glossy running in portrait mode. The notebook is matte and it is much harder to see because it lacks contrast. Everything on the glossy just has more pop.

    Portrait is great for reading code and forums.
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    Thank you for all of your replies. I really appreciate all of the help & suggestions!
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    I prefer the glossy display as it's so much more vivid (If sunlight isn't an issue as you said).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sam Asante View Post
    That is a very good idea. I think will end up buying a Macbook Pro with a matte display & a glossy widescreen monitor.
    I have to do that in my audio work. Listen to my work with a bose sound system and then test it with the cheapest headphones I can buy so that it sounds good on everything. Im sure it would work with image/video testing as well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve-Hostirian View Post
    I prefer the glossy display as it's so much more vivid (If sunlight isn't an issue as you said).
    I think Steve is spot-on correct here. Glossy would be great, as long as sunlight isn't an issue!

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    I prefer the glossy screens specifically for sunlight. Taking my old PowerBook outside is mostly unusable with all the ambient washout glare. The MacBook glossy screen doesn't washout, so as long as you adjust to not have a light source reflecting directly off it into your eyes, you can use it most anywhere.

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    You should just go to an apple store and look at them both. And take a flashlight so you can see how light affects them from different angles and stuff...everyone will probably look at you weird when you're shining the flashlight on them, but at least you'd know lol...
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    My old macbook was matte, it was fine but the colours were dull. I went glossy a couple of months back and no regrets - can't say I ever really notice any glare, the colours are super rich and vibrant. My next mac will be glossy too.
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