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Matte vs Glossy Screens

Updated on September 30, 2014

The Two Kinds of LCD Monitors

There are two main kinds of panel coatings used in modern LCD monitors: matte (anti-glare) and glossy. Both have their pros and cons and are a subject of many heated discussions.

Matte displays have a "rough" anti-glare surface which diffuses light, eliminating reflections. The downside is significantly reduced contrast and less vivid colors, as light from the backlight of the monitor also has to pass through the same light-scattering layer. This might be less of a problem in new LED-backlit LCDs, as LED backlights tend to be quite powerful. Another drawback of a strong anti-glare coating in matt-finish displays is a grainy "crystalline" pattern which is best seen on a white background.

Glossy displays have vibrant colors as well as high contrast and brightness because they have a smooth surface which lets most of the light through. As a result, it is often the choice for movies or gaming. However, strong lighting sources in the environment cause glare on these screens which is not only annoying, but can also cause eye strain and pain. Depending on the lighting, you will also see distracting reflections on top of the image. Some graphics designers may find the colors inaccurate, although that mostly depends on the LCD matrix. Glossy will work great for you if the lights in your room don't create any reflections on the screen.

Which ones do you think are better, and why? Go ahead and share your opinion in the matte vs glossy debate below.

Matte screens are better than glossy!

Matte screens are better than glossy!

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    • 2 years ago

      Every single time I read a supporter of glossy screen, I hear that they think glossy screens have better image quality.

      That's not exactly true: what you see is that a very poor quality LCD panel with a glossy coating will do a lot better than the same poor quality LCD panel with matte.

      Good quality panels (IPS and the like), which are also calibrated and with proper backlight distribution and intensity, have much better image than any glossy screen ever, because they have the image quality without the reflection.

      Try an ASUS Zenbook Prime for example, it has a much better screen than any MacBook and it's matte.

    • Long 2 years ago

      I can't see of any advantages of glossy screen on big screen like laptop for gaming or movies...thought. The glare can be eliminated by not having any light behind so glare can pass. But...reflection, this is the biggest problem. Say most movies have a dark background, right? And with that, I always see my face, all other things behind me in the screen, so I need to extremely focus on the movie just to see. I'm using a macbook pro retina and I love everything about it except the screen. Trying to find a screen protector that can reduce this but none so far.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I love matte screens. My eyesight is equal to that of a mule, and I work in a room with a lot of light so glossy screens hurt my eyes a lot when I try to read something. I can only work on a glossy display for about an hour and have to take a break, while I can look at a matte display all day.

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I have a glossy screen and must I say it is blinding when working in an angle position. The screen reflects light off of over 50% of it so I can barely see half the screen! While generally working at eye level does look better and clearer, I am more concerned over the looks of it for all activities!

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      there is nothing worse than the light brighting on ur screen

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I like the matte screen , and have always s tried to buy my monitors with matte, You can't find matte in laptops,which makes them useless , when trying to use outside. TV are also a big problem ,I prefer matte also because of room lighting reflecting off of the screen is very anoying .

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Matte definitely. I hate the freaking glare that shows up on TV's or computers or whatever, but matte screens solve the case.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Mirror-like reflections on the primary interface with a computer are indefensibly idiotic.

      If Apple were the innovators their evangelists fete them for, they would offer computers with screens that have no or minimum reflections, while at the same time being sharp, bright and accurate in colour. Until they can do this, they must give customers a choice â that would be fair and reasonable and would end this argument.

      What about universal access? Glossy mirror screens are an insult to people with vision problems and for people who have to work hours on end in front of those hideous reflections all day long.

      Content producers require screens that can be calibrated to show the colour and tonality of the output of reflective material (prints). They do NOT want glossy, over-saturated candy colours that are so favoured by game players, movie watchers. For them, it's not about the BEST colour, but ACCURATE colour.

      But then, I have come to understand that Apple does not make computers for professional users anymore. As is plainly obvious, the money is in handheld and portable devices.

      I cannot understand why they cannot cater for all their users. They make billions in profit. They are just arrogantly bloody-minded about this. Another 'one-button-only-mouse' event.

      Why are iMac sales down? Because mirror screens are unsuitable for photographers, graphic designers and any other content producer that creates output other than screen display.

    • TTekPanel 4 years ago

      I find that matte shows less marks and smudges on the screen compared to glossy.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Only new and occasional users prefers glossy screen.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Matte. I have Sony's. Reflections sux.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      The best type of monitor is in the middle- glossy screen with anti-glare coatings like you'd see on camera lenses. I have one on my Thinkpad X201t and it works great, plenty of sparkle and vibrance without doubling as a mirror. Unfortunately these are hard to come by so I would have to lean towards a dull but always usable matte finish in a random draw.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Matte screens anyday!, The eyepain I get after using glossy for just 2-3 hours is unbearable! Matte screens though dull are much better for long users of laptop like me!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Matte screens anyday!, The eyepain I get after using glossy for just 2-3 hours is unbearable! Matte screens though dull are much better for long users of laptop like me!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I prefer matte because it doesn't shines too much in my eyes. Unfortunately one can't buy any laptops with matte screen anymore in shops. Only DELL sells certain Laptops with matte screen.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      My laptop screen was broken (I only take good care of OTHER people's things)when I had a glossy screen. It simply slid off of the desk. I ordered a matte screen to replace it, not sure why, and I've loved it ever since. It doesn't hurt my eyes when staying up late at night, it fell in the exact same circumstance and suffered absolutely NO damage, and I honestly like playing World of Warcraft even more now because the colours seem more realistic so I can be even more immersed in the game. I would recommend a matte screen any day. I'm not old, either. I'm sixteen and work in a computer repair shop. 0.o

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Matte or Glossy, That's a Damn!! Good Question? Well like some of the other posters said it all depends on the user I choose matte Why?.... So I am not looking all the dust the glossy ones collect and someone elses fingerprint left behind from where somebody pointed at something on the screen.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I am a computer professional and have replaced many laptop screens. This really depends on WHO we are talking about. Most of my clients above 40 would prefer Matte and most of my younger ones would prefer glossy. My personal preference is Matte. I specifically order full HD Matte screens for all of my laptops and love them. When I sit by a window there is a LOT less glare and I can even take my laptop outside and use it there. Glossy has better color saturation and slightly better contrast but the glare and what they do to my eyes makes me always buy matte.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Matte

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I think that the matte screen is much better. This is because the matte screen can be used pretty much anywhere. The glossy screen can only be used in very specific places (not outside). The glossy screnn also says that it can cause eye strains and pains. I would rather have a bad screen than screwdriver up eyes!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I like glossy best. It's smooth and looks better. I have a Dell desktop with a matte display and a MacBook Air (typing from now) with a glossy display, and pretty much everything looks nicer and more crisp and clear on my MacBook Air's glossy display.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      My desktop has a matte screen monitor and it's hands down the best monitor I've had. My sister's laptop has a glossy screen and it's annoying when there's too much light in the room, I can't even see anything on the screen. And my monitor isn't grainy at all.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Matte ANY day over gloss. I own both, and matte works better for me personally in EVERY application, hands down. I am sensitive to the smallest reflections on an LCD.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Matte colours look more natural to me, and no glare/reflections or mirror images.!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      why the fuck a glossy screen not being able to watch it outside or with a lamp in background. btw im gay

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Glossy screens are terrible unless you have a wall directly behind you. I work in an office with large windows. I have a matte screen; almost everyone else has a glossy screen. When I'm forced to work with someone else on their computer, I get a headache within 15 minutes, because my eyes keep flipping focus between the screen, and the light that is being reflected by the screen.

      Glossy screens are the ultimate in glitz over substance; they are a complete ergonomic failure.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I went to FutureShop to buy a laptop and found out that all the matte ones were made by... Samsung! Now almost 100% of my electronics are Samsung. Respect.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I'm often surprised by what becomes conventional wisdom. This is one of those cases. As a mobile user, glossy screens are as dumb an idea as anything I've ever seen. When I buy a laptop in-store now, I walk around and scan quickly to see if there are any matte screens. If there are not, I'm out. It's that simple. I made the mistake of a glossy screen once (basically caved to the pressure) and I'll never buy one again.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I have a laptop with a glossy screen but it had a crack and i always use it outdoors so its hard for me too see the screen when i got my laptop fixed i chose the matte and it was so much better than glossy

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I hate glossy!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Matte screens are tougher, clearly seen from any angle, don't reflect light, and don't collect fingerprints, scratches, and dust like glossy screens do... so yes that pretty much does it for me. I dropped my glossy screen laptop on the floor and cracked it. When I buy a new one it's going to be a matte.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Looks like if you work on computer, especially graphics, we miss the matte. If you play more or want a cosmetic upgrade, glossy. Hey, Apple, let us choose, as we can on a Macbook Pro. Need a new hard working desktop, and refuse to get glossy screen.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Matte! I have a glossy screen on my laptop now and I realize what a mistake it is. The only time it is any good where I don't notice any reflection is at night with the lights off.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      As a graphic designer, matt screens are so much better. Ambient light hardly affects your screen. As for colour representation LED matt screens are by far the best option.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I have owned three laptops, two of which were glossy and one matte. Although I notice more vibrant colours on the glossy laptops I am a heavy laptop user (writer and gamer) and can safely say that my matte laptop is superior. My first glossy laptop died after a year and was covered in fingerprints and scratches. My second is still going but the screen is just too reflective for me to enjoy and the build quality feels poorer. My matter laptop is sturdy, and with a slightly less vibrant screen, but it still does the job. I watch Netflix on this laptop and the colours and contrast are just fine. It is frustrating that glossy laptops are the standard nowadays. The matter laptops just feel tougher - the glossy ones are like cheap flimsy plastic.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      glossy screens tend to have worse quality panels, much more glare from other light sources and far less perceived contrast due to glare. buying glossy panels is a waste of money

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      matte by far

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I prefer mattte. I'm sitting next to my brother right now with my matte screen laptop. He's using a laptop with glossy screen and were sitting outside in the sun. I can see everything very clear,without glare or reflection. My bro is checking out himself as if the laptop is a mirror and has moved inside.

      Are you on the road/outside using a laptop for what it is designed to be used for? *being portable*, then you will need a matte screen.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      The reflections on a glossy screen are incredibly distracting, so I always buy matte.

      I'm a professional photographer and work long hours. I own two 30" matte monitors: one a matte Apple Cinema Display; and the other a Dell, Plus I have a matte MacBookPro.

      Apple needs to wake up and make matte an option on all its monitors, all its iMacs and all its laptops.

      However, I do like the glossy screen on my little iPhone 4s -- I guess it's so small that you can block reflections with your body when you hold it.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Matte is much better. It is a health and productivity issue. Full stop.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      kevin, maybe "PCs" can't figure it out (ffs, just buy another monitor then, it would still be cheaper than your stupid mac) but at least we paid many times less for better performing hardware

      buyers remorse, kevin?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Matte always. I don't like working at dark places and glossy screens force me to do so. Even at dark places glossy annoys me with those vibrant colors. I always end up adjusting settings of glossy screens and never get satisfying results. With Matte I barely have to adjust anything, it just works. To bad most laptops use glossy screens nowadays. Because of that I'm not going to buy those one of those new AMD Fusion netbooks :( (the screen sucks even in glossy standards).

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Glossy is great for watching movies in a dark room, but the reflections are too distracting for doing WORK in the daytime, even with lights dimmed. I would have to wear a black turtleneck sweater and get a much deeper tan if I don't want to see my own reflection in a glossy screen. I don't care what other people think if they see me working on my matte screen - I use a notebook for function, not to impress others.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Matte inside and out. Every time I switch from glossy to matte, I am pleased. Glossy screens always end up being a mirror for me at some point (especially when I'm underground in Minecraft, where it's all dark), and I don't really feel like looking at myself when I'm trying to do something else.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Depends what your use is. For laptops, DEFINITELY matte. The whole idea of a laptop is mobility, so if you're out and about during the day with a glossy screen you're going to get a lot of reflection. In home PC or TV then glossy is fine as the colors appear brighter (higher contrast) and the reflection problem is less likely an issue, unless you have windows behind you when you look at the screen.. but you can close curtains / turn off lights to resolve that. You can't turn off the sun when you're outside with a laptop.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      I would like to see what's ON the screen, not what's behind me. Glossy is both cheaper and less effective for the reason of glare. If you're working in a dimly lit room you SHOULD buy glossy, but for all us surface-dwellers the matte option is king. Additionally, no professional designer worth anything would be caught with a glossy screen due to the color issues and eye strain involved with glossy screens (look it up.)

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      oops i mean matte NOT GLOSSY :)

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      id prefer glossy because of the anti glare most of all.

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      matte FTW

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      Matte always

    Glossy screens are better than matte!

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      • anonymous 3 years ago

        matte is sooooooooooooooooooooo dull and boring, with washed out colors and negative color saturation. thumb down to matte

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        GGGGGGGlossy,

        glossy screens have much crisper and sharper images, the colors are richer, more vibrant and more saturated, i mean seriously, when you look at a matte screen, the image looks unclear and the color are just sooooo washed out with such low color saturation/.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I'm no expert of laptops but I will tell you this - I purchased a DELL Inspiron 15R Special Edition with FULL HD. It had a matte finish. The anti-glare screen is so powerful that it actually puts enormous strain on your eyes and even causes headaches with a few minutes of use. My wife had the exact same response to the screen. This experience has made me extremely wary of matte screens and from now on, I will only purchase glossy screens.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Glossy by far. I recently bought a laptop with a glossy screen a little over a mont ago. It broke about 2 weeks ago & I recently had the screen replaced. The shop accidentaly installed a matte screen. I noticed that the display was dull, a bit grainy at times, & a little lifeless. The glossy had more vibrant richer colors, better contrast & resolution. I use it indoors, but for those whining about glare on glossy screens, there are anti glare screen protectors you can buy. I reordered a glossy screen, they'll replace it free of charge :-)

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        glossy screens have better color payoff but its up to u

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        glossy seems some one more for movies and gaming

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I've tried both, matte screens tend to hurt my eyes though, because of all the bright spots of color that appears on the screen. I continuously clean my screen, so I don't mind glossy. Besides, it's easier on the eyes while reading text and viewing graphics.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Just because I love the way the colours pop at you. And everything looks crystal clear.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Only because I want my graphics to pop whenever possible, but I wonder - how do I know if a computer has one or the other based on its serial number...

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I like glossy best. It's smooth and looks better. I have a Dell desktop with a matte display and a MacBook Air (typing from now) with a glossy display, and pretty much everything looks nicer and more crisp and clear on my MacBook Air's glossy display.

        (P.S. I accidentally posted my opinion on the "matte screens are better" side, so I am reposting it.)

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I now have an hp professional laptop with matte screen. Compared to my previous Toshiba laptop with glossy screen, I notice actually no difference outside at all. Both are very hard to read. Since photography is important, I regret this screen is matte. Photos look so much more crisp and lifelike on the glossy screen. I also rarely had problems with reflections, anyway. I will make sure I get glossy next time.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Glossy, I bought the zagg invisi shield (smudge proof), for ipad, it had a matte finish, and it gave my ipad a megapixeled mess, so I took it back and got the new zagg HD screen and love it.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Glossy is the best

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I am a 16 year veteran of the IT Profession...and to take a stance against either is just plan ignorant...if either are of good quality then it is up to user preference...both have their pros and cons...my suggestion is the same one I give to all of my customers when considering a computer related purchase...TAKE YOUR TIME...look, listen, shop around, take it for a test drive and ask questions...DON'T fully rely on forums and or feedback...

        I had to pick one in order to post my response...do not take this as a recommendation just a necessity

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Glossy Screens are just more visually appealing. For gaming, a very high quality glossy screen and you probably don't need to use Anti Aliasing. The colours are rich and intense, with high contrast, and everything looks sharp and crisp.

        IMO matte screens look dull in comparison.

        Though if you are very self image conscious, then go for matte as you may be staring at yourself a lot with glossy.

        In general, glossy is better if you are using from your room.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        It looks much better!!!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Dude, I totally dig the glossy screen. Just watch your fave porno and you can see yourself in the the middle of the action. Like literally!!!

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Why would i want to game outside? it would be a more brilliant display for glossy, and its not like i would have lights pouring out onto my computer? overall IMO Glossy is better

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Apple has discovered that glossy makes a beautiful picture... PCs can't figure this out... I ordered a 'glossy' ASUS to find out they were talking about the border (bezel)... crap... My matte screens can't be read in bright sunlight... can't find the mouse anywhere... with glossy, I may see myself but I can still find the mouse cursor... In my mind glossy works better in both dark and light. Yes you get reflections but you can still see past those reflections to the content. With matte, it isn't as pretty in low light and in bright light, it is unreadable...

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I HAVE TWO LAPTOPS, ONE MATTE, ONE GLOSSY------- I AM TYPING THIS ON THE GLOSSY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Definitely glossy

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Glossy is way better, and better picture too

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I had a laptop with a glossy screen, I really don't get the hate for it. Then again, my experiences with matte screens are typically with older, cheaper models. Maybe there are some expensive matte screens that can imitate the same color contrast and clarity that glossy screens offer, but as long as you're in a good environment I see no reason why you wouldn't get a glossy screen. I've got curtains in my room and would probably play games with the lamp off so I've got no need for reflection protection. The monitor I'm preparing to buy is apparently a matte screen so maybe I'll be impressed and conform.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Glossy rules

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I will ONLY buy glossy TV's and monitors. Colors are just so much more vivid, and really pop. Whereas matte screens just look so dull and boring. Not to mention glossy screens look SEXY AS HELL when the screen is off.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        If you see a reflection in the screen, well, deal with it.

        If you see a light in the screen, turn the light off.

        If there is glare from the sunlight on the screen, then purchase a pair of curtains to block out the light with.

        Matte screens look awul, sure you do not see any fingerprints when the screen is on, but put the screen in the sunlight and you can see everything. If you do not use the correct cleaning fluid then the screen will show streaks.

        I have always used a glossy screen and I will always prefer a glossy screen,

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        when peepl sees my mac their like cor n wow its amazing. that's the main thing

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        glossy is nice but costly

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I have used both of matte and glossy screen and when creating my phen375 reviews web site. i used my glossy screen notebook. And i like it.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        my first laptop was matte then i had to replace the lce second laptop glossy i had no problems with it third laptop matte then again lines would show on screen and had to replace with glossy still working fourth was glossy no problem again fifth laptop was matte no problem with it only worked for one moth till i droped it in water sixith was glossy no problems till i droped it in water don't judge me i want to do something will i am in taking a dip seventh was glossy worked till the motherboard gave up eighth was matte and i had the same issue with the lines showing up and replaced now working and my dog pissed in it but still it works! ninth was glossy no problem and my dog peed in it no problem still tenth was glossy no problem

        i always had the problem with matte screens on every laptop i owned but i have a destop with two matte screens working about a year now 27" and 21" no problems

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      • anonymous 5 years ago

        When I want a pure immersive TV experience (which is most of the times), I prefer Glossy. Howeer, my living room has a MATTE TV because of all the lights and windows but no one watches this TV expect in the morning to catch news and stuff.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        "Matte screens are for old geezers and look like throwback screens. Glossy is what's up."

        ^this

      • uktvbrackets lm 5 years ago

        glossy, i can put up with some glare. colours are richer and screen looks better overall

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I think I need lasik surgery. Otherwise I have to keep using shitty matte screens.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Matte screens are for old geezers and look like throwback screens. Glossy is what's up.

      • Trickworn 5 years ago

        I think the Glossy one is the better one cause it looks cute and also very much perfect .

        cheap lcd monitors

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I would lyk glossy screens than Matte one coz am a hardcore gamer...

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Glossy screen help my eye recovery from been destroy by matte screen one.

        But I also found it hard to find professional level screen that offer glossy so perhaps matte screen has some advantage in this area. I wish in some manufacturer made professional glossy screen in future.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Glossy is the best, matte has ugly colors, and bad black and white's, and it cost's more... FTW , Just take a glossy, better colors and deeper black and brighter white's !!!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Glossy

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        GO GLOSSY !!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Glossy!

        I have no idea how these people get so distracted by reflections? Even at 30% brightness its still bearable, anything higher than that and you're looking at an amazing screen. Theres a reason photos are always printed on glossy paper instead of normal paper from your home printer.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Matte screens disperse light. This necessarily means that there is a loss in sharpness and colour depth when dealing with matte. Matte is useful for mobile devices and displays subjected to bright light sources, but for graphics design, gaming, or any real multimedia tasks, glossy screens provide a clearer viewing experience with richer colours. It's no surprise that there are many glossy displays to be found in the TV industry, though it is extremely surprising that desktop monitors are almost always matte, while notebook displays are almost always glossy - Based on their respective advantages, I'd expect it to be the opposite.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        It's the same as with photography. When you enlarge and develop a photo onto matte paper is looks nice, but you can't help knowing that it would "pop" so much more if it had been printed on glossy paper. It's why it's the standard for when photos are printed.

        The exact same principles seem to work for glossy screens. Things look just fine on my matte screen but everything on my macbook is made beautiful by its glossy display and when watching films, glossy is a priority for me.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Matte screens look *dead* or like looking through a dirty window. Glossy screen give depth to pictures and the colours come alive. Frankly, I have never been disturbed by reflections from glossy screens.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I prefer the glossy. Web pages and software screens are built with more stuff in them now, so in turn all that stuff gets tiny (like the writing on this screen). I prefer to see it all at once and not have to scroll back and forth, so I need high contrast. With the matte screen I find myself straining MORE, and I also work 12 hours a day on a screen.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I've been used both and I prefer glossy. The name and the sound of it might seem a bit off but it really is the good one. Whatever you need for clear and bright viewing, you get it. I didn't know about these types, I researched a bit and came to the conclusion that Glossy is my choice!

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        Clarrity.

      • anonymous 5 years ago

        I would like to say glossy is best as all three PCs I have are so... Netbook, 15.4", and external monitor...

        However, I have been interested in buying a larger 24" monitor and there are now very good spec. monitors available. Yes glossy always looks so virtual and fresh but the 'mirror-effect' is indeed a little niggling...

        So, I am hoping that I can find a super performance matte finish monitor. LG electronics seem to be right up there in late 2011.

      • Theasis 5 years ago

        Turn off the lights and blanket the sun, problem solved

      Comparison of Matte & Glossy Monitors

      Glossy versus matte screen comparison in a brightly-lit room.
      Glossy versus matte screen comparison in a brightly-lit room. | Source

      You can see two laptops compared side by side in the photo above. The right one has a matte (anti-glare, or just AG) LCD display, while the left one has a glossy one. The test was clearly performed in a brightly lit room and as a result the glossy monitor has highly visible reflections on it.

      Downsides of Matte Displays

      Some of the biggest downsides of anti-glare computer monitors

      • Lower contrast and brightness compared to glossy displays.
      • "Grainy" screen appearance if aggressive anti-glare coating is used.
      • Can be more expensive and harder to find (majority of LCDs on the market have glossy screens).
      • Will use more power to achieve the same brightness as a glossy LCD.

      Drawbacks of Glossy Displays

      The biggest issues are glare and reflections

      • Depending on the lighting conditions, glare and reflections can be a huge problem.
      • Smudges and fingerprints tend to be more visible (usually a concern with touchscreen-equipped laptops and tablets rather than desktop PCs).

      Glossy or Matte Laptop for Outdoor Use?

      A popular question that many people ask

      If you expect you'll be using your laptop outdoors a lot, a matte display is probably your best bet. From my experience, glossy screens have unbearable glare during sunny days, which makes such laptops unusable outside most of the time. Of course, an anti-glare screen isn't a magical solution, either: if there's direct sunlight involved, you will probably have to crank up the brightness to the highest setting just to be able to read anything.

      Computer Screen Preference Poll

      Do you prefer a matte display or glossy one?

      See results

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          Anonymous 2 years ago

          Glossy screens give me headaches and severe eye aches. My only choice is to do Matte or use a matte overlay on my retina screen because otherwise it becomes unusable. Glossy may look better but it is unusable to people with eye problems.

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          monitorpain 2 years ago

          I enjoyed Leo's and Nebik's posts, since their experiences are mine too.

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          monitorpain 2 years ago

          @anonymous: Trevor, sigh, most of us minorities have unfortunately been forced to learn that its impossible to reason with illogic. Illogic will always win in this horrific world, as will the cheap glitz & gloss & glossy-glaring screens.

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          monitorpain 2 years ago

          @anonymous: John Trop - APPLAUSE! encore encore!

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          monitorpain 2 years ago

          @anonymous: Actually, I'd describe it differently. I say young people nowadays have developed MAGICAL eyesight, in that they can tolerate such horrible glare.

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          monitorpain 2 years ago

          @anonymous: The manufacturers will NEVER read this. They're pro non-choice and big money. It's a sinking ship.

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          monitorpain 2 years ago

          @anonymous: I beg to disagree - I say avoid Glossy at all costs!

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          monitorpain 2 years ago

          @anonymous: Huh?? Sorry, but its not as plain & simple as the way you think. I'm photosensitive, so I need Matte even though I'm not mobile. Get it? got it? good!

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          monitorpain 2 years ago

          It's sickening the way big industry always wins out over health issues (in this case, glossy winning out over matte, which only satisfies the YOUNG BRAWNY people of the world. Speak of big industry, the Unhealthcare-system itself has turned into Big Industry. Basically, NON-COMPASSION always wins in today's horrific world.

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          monitorpain 2 years ago

          Whoever is giving "respect" to Samsung, think again. It's the Samsung standalone-LCD which long ago zapped my eyes, so that my eyes are currently prematurely headed to cataracts. That's because they had not enabled dimming brightness down to what I needed, unlike others available at the time.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          It may look good in a showroom, but Glossy Screen have SO much glare it sucks. Matte screens are bright and fine for most work. Why would you rather have better graphics than performance?

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Always go for Glossy if u have a desktop no matter what. If u have a laptop and are always on the move with it like going to school or work or where ever then you want Matte. Plan and simple ppl.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Matte or Glossy, That's a Damn!! Good Question? Well like some of the other posters said it all depends on the user I choose matte Why?.... So I am not looking all the dust the glossy ones collect and someone elses fingerprint left behind from where somebody pointed at something on the screen.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: I wrote up some related thoughts today in my blog. Raywoodcockslatest.wordpress.com. May be useful to some.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: Thumbs up on this

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Matte is terrible. The screen feels like cheap plastic and the actual visual display is horrible- cheap grainy look all over the screen along with washed out colours and awful brightness.

          Avoid matte at all costs

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I absolutely hate matte screens. When the engineer upgraded my 900p gloss screen to 1080p matte screen I was horrified by the result that I immediately have decided to retain my original 900p gloss screen.

          Gloss is better than matte. When I saw the matte screen, all the colours were washed out and the screen was unnecessarily bright, along with the fact that HD photos and videos looked terrible on matte screen with the washed out colours and unnecessary brightness, even on 1080p.

          When viewing HD content, only do so on gloss, where the true colours and depth can be seen. No point having 1080p with a matte screen, when 900p gloss makes everything look more high definition with better colours and brightness.

          As for anti-glare advantages, who cares. Just turn the lights off or close the curtains if reflection is a huge issue, not that it really is for most people. At least with gloss, the true colours, high definition and smoothness can be retained at a high level, even for 1600x900 screen.

          Mattes are also outdated and used mostly in offices. Stick to gloss- best decision you will ever make.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I think matte is better than glossy but it also depends. other matte laptops like(im not sure) Acer have heavy coating which makes it really dark even outside so its hard to see. HP's matte laptops are great. the color is also great and its clearly readable and more preferable than the glossy ones. I haven't tried a Samsung with matte but i hope it is as good or better than HP's.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I try to find matte. But i see so many glossy, a few matte. Finally, i buy a glossy and it's a mistake. i paint my eyes every time when i work.

          So i try to find a new notebook with matte. but it's same. The markets are full of glossy. so i can't get a new notebook.

          Absolutely, i don't understand why people like note ?

          As i know, i think glossy is a better way for sale of higher price.->> So bad.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I think it's all about the requirements of the user. If you are planning to use it outdoor go for matt and if it's the other way go for glossy... both are good in their own way!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Manufacturers should conduct more surveys, more focus groups, and more testing at user level and then put this feedback into production. Additionally and separately, manufacturers should employ users to produce the manuals for said products because when have you ever encountered a manual that was complete, clear and without error? Re: matte vrs glossy: I agree that the matte screens are less reflective, easier on the eye but I'm not going to impose my view (no pun intended) on someone who prefers glossy. Rather than argue for one or the other, I beg to argue for choice. And, it would seem we are slowing losing that choice. Manufacturers, read this!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          @anonymous: . . . and if you don't already have defective eyesight, then spend some time staring at a glossy reflective screen and you soon will have.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          As so often, a picture speaks a thousand words and any words that are missing, just read Trevor's eloquent post a few back. I agree with everything he says.

          The reflections are 'glaringly' obvious - unless you have defective eyesight!

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          in the glare screen we find dificulty to watch clearly because we also see the reflection of other things which make hard to focus eye on the immage. sepacially when we are in open area . treveling in train scene run on screen as if we are looking into a mirror.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          not only do i perfer matte on computors but on tv a well . I just made a big mistake, I bought a 55 3 d LG tv with a glossy screen ,and I hate the damn thing . do not buy one the reflection in the room ruin the picture, Oh you can turn all the lights off and the picture is great but who wants to set in dark

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          Matte is much better. It is a health and productivity issue. Full stop.

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          anonymous 4 years ago

          I have a 7 year old glossy heh it may be older and its not scratched or marked and i haven't had a single problem with it, no dead pixels or stuck for that matter. Glossy is easier to clean and of course there are glare issues but the trade off is a better image and if you have glare issues you monitor placement can always be changed to fix this i don't understand why matte is still around but hey 80%-90% of the market is supporting matte (PC monitors of course) that's marketing.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          glossies are made to degrade faster, to scratch and mark. What manufacturers found was matte screens last longer and don't get replaced as often. That's why cases and towers etc are all being made glossy - because they scratch, degrade and are impossible to clean scratches off. They look scruffy and tatty in a very short period of time - and like cars people will go out and buy a bright and shiny new one whatever the condition of the existing if it looks tatty

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I'm absolutely amazed at some of these comments in favor of glossy displays...

          Here is one from above I just have to comment on:

          If you see a reflection in the screen, well, deal with it.

          -->Deal with it? I'll just state the obvious here: you do not need to "Deal with" glare, you can nearly ELIMINATE glare with a matte screen. If the screen is free, yes we will deal with it, but if it's not free why would anyone not simply buy the alternative?

          If you see a light in the screen, turn the light off.

          --> What if that light is from the sun? I, like many people, work in an office with windows, and live in a home with windows - the sun does get through, and it's actually healthy for your eyes to get sunlight into the room. Additionally, lighting in public areas cannot be turned off, and laptops are made specifically to be mobile (not stay merely within your residence where you have full lighting control.)

          If there is glare from the sunlight on the screen, then purchase a pair of curtains to block out the light with.

          --> At home you can block sunlight with curtains, this is true, but why do such a thing when you don't have to? Just buy a matte screen, buddy, keep those blinds open without any downside! Living in darkness will depress the heck out of anyone, good lighting on the other hand has the opposite effect - it's actually pretty amazing what a difference this can make.

          Matte screens look awul, sure you do not see any fingerprints when the screen is on, but put the screen in the sunlight and you can see everything. If you do not use the correct cleaning fluid then the screen will show streaks.

          --> You mean outside, where there is a LOT of REALLY BRIGHT light? The same place you can't even have a prayer of seeing a glossy screen? I'm amazed this comment exists, as clearly it's ridiculous. Additionally, matte screens are brighter than glossy screens making outside viewing ideal with this setup. If you enjoy taking your laptop to outside locations, matte screens are your only practical option.

          I have always used a glossy screen and I will always prefer a glossy screen,

          --> If you've always used a glossy screen, how do you know the matte screens are so inferior? I've used both, and it's due to the fact at my job we have a 2011 Apple cinema display with a glossy finish. This screen gives me hell, and it's located nowhere near a window. The reflections are crazy, it's like looking into a mirror and the only lighting in this area is standard fluorescent lighting tubes mounted into the ceiling. This is not bright light. I am writing this from my laptop which is 4 feet from a window at my back, however, and it is sunny without a cloud in the sky. I can see the entire screen and while there is glare, it's manageable (I lose about 10% viewing on hotspots whereas on a glossy screen this would be a solid 80-90% loss.)

          Glossy screens do have a better dynamic range, let's not forget this, but in the end what does that matter if you can't see the sucker?

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          i like everything about my new laptop except its glossy screen. i bought a screen protector with a matte finish here: http://www.photodon.com/c/laptop-screen-protectors... hope it takes care of the problem. better dropping the money for that than spending $200-$300 for the only other matte laptops in the store!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I like the cheaper one.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          as a visually-impaired person who is desparately looking for a new laptop with a matte screen, I am pleading with all the manufacturers to allow the client the choice between matte or glossy.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          Glossy better for indoors in your own room when you can lower the light. Even as a radiologist... I always can use a glossy screen because I look directly at the monitor and the light is low. All CRTs were glossy of course. The colors and clarity are more with glossy. Matte is better if you are business person and 1) need to take your computer to meetings where there is lots of light and 2) don't care much about colors and images, more about text. If you are indoors, gaming or working or watching movies in dim light, glossy is better. The only advantage of matte is less reflection in bright room: not better color or clarity. Both screens are bad when outside; matte is dull and glossy reflects too much.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I'm an editor (of words, not movies) and need to look hard at the screen for hours on end. A glossy screen is a deal-breaker for me - it strains the eyes (and neck, shoulders or back if one has to sit awkwardly to get rid of reflections). I'm sad to see that my usual favourite brands no longer offer matte screens - all are going for the cheap & nasty glossies, which are fine for TV or video viewing, but lousy for actual work. I am currently in the market for a new laptop and am choosing the only brand that still offers a matte screen, even though its competitors have attractive features I'd otherwise have gone for. I hope manufacturers will eventually wake up and give us a choice.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          I think Colin hit the nail right on the head, "That said, companies try to feed you BS by saying glossy is better because you can stick a shitty TN panel inside and artificially raise color saturation to make it look good to the untrained eye."

          It's the same way that Bose sells audio equipment. But crappy speakers inside, crank the mid-range, and it sounds good to the untrained ear. Until you try to actually _listen_ to the music instead of just _hearing_ it.

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          Lindrus 5 years ago

          I've never paid attention to this before. Always though a bright and colourful display is the most important, but as your lens stated there is the drawback with reflection.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          hi I like the colors and stuff but i don't like the photos looking like xrays and i don't know that much about the mac and can"t remember how I did it...HELP

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          virtualboy 5 years ago

          congratulations, nicely done and very informative indeed

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          epsonix 5 years ago

          Nice lens, good info.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: I have never seen an lcd screen that donot have a cover over it

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          @anonymous: "and if you want to avoid glare simply have light source in front of you not behind you...."

          Thank you for this tip! Just what I needed.

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          So, glossy screens are for kids who play games and watch movies

          matte screens are for older people who make money.

          interesting debate there... but you can clearly see that glossy people are usually the ones who are at the left side of the bell curve.

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          Pangionedevelopers 5 years ago

          "Great info here, I really enjoyed it"

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          accfuller 5 years ago

          I must honestly say that I've never considered this before!

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          glossy screens allow makers to use cheaper panels for the comparable quality when there are no reflections

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          anonymous 5 years ago

          glossy screens allow makers to use cheaper panels for the comparable quality when there are no reflections

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          jimmyworldstar 5 years ago

          I like the ability of matte screens to reduce glare but if it takes reducing color quality to do so, it's better to just find a way to lower sunlight glare.

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          PeaZip 5 years ago

          Nice lens! Both technologies IMHO have pros and cons, matte is more ok for outdoor work while I personally find glossy screens more "attractive", so I tend to prefer glossy screens for indoor machines.

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          jadehorseshoe 5 years ago

          Return visitor. Good info.

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