Here's more gripes about glossy screens

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  1. CamFire

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    Yep - glossy screens are featured in all Macs now, and now even TUAW and CultOfMac have got into the reporting complaints. Haven't we heard this before here?

    Anyway, we got away on our iMac by using something that's called i360 from Rain Design :smashin:. Just swivel the the entire machine round a little and we cut out most of the reflection and glare. Re-positiioning is not a choice as the missus has got ideas on how furniture has to be arranged.

    Do we want to bring back the matte screen?
     
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    Its funny how many people moan on the mac forums about the lack of matt screen options. For me I prefer glossy. Maybe I am in the minority? I love how movies and photos look when viewed on a glossy screen. I guess if I was a pro photographer then maybe I would want matt but otherwise I think glossy suits most everyday tasks better.
     
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    I don't have a problem with glossy screens - position them correctly and they're fine. Same as we used to do with CRT monitors. It's not difficult.
     
  4. CamFire

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    Remember those anti-glare screens, etc., which were almost ubiquitous for CRT monitors? IIRC, these screens - excellent business they HAD become - must be provided by the employer if the employee deems so in order to comply with health & safety requirements.

    Also, all my LCD TVs are matte.
     
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    I like glossies!:thumbsup:
     
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    Can't you just swivel the Mac on its existing stand?
     
  7. CamFire

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    That's just up and down. We needed to move the iMac screen left and right as well.

    Unless you are talking about the iMac G4 (Flat-panel) ;) . This was - and still *IS* IMO - the ideal design style for a LCD screen. Won't Apple consider bringing it back?
     
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    here here
     
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    I dont understand why people moan really. I love the glossy screen and have never had a problem with it.

    I suppose whatever Apple does there will always be someone who will find something to moan about.
     
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    There is a lot to complain about - the eyes bloody HURTS after a few hours.
     
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    Do you mean "hear"?
     
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    Maybe it's like saying "me me"? :confused:

    I kinda like glossy screens, they appear to make colours more vibrant, but they are annoying when you're trying to manipulate photos, as what you do on the screen often dosent match what you print out.

    Maybe photo-types are meant to buy separate monitors calibrated for right ICC profiles, and not use laptops? but it's odd there's no option at all.
     
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    Maybe he's calling his dog! :D

    I deliberately bought the last of the old style MBP's for two reasons. One because John Lewis heavily discounted them as soon as the unibody ones were released, and Two because it had a matte screen - much prefer it1
     
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    This will please you ;) glossy screens are bad for your back

    QUT




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    LMAO :rotfl:
     
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    That might be down to the lack of brightness adjustment rather than the glossy screen, if you're on a 24" iMac I think the minimum brightness is rather high.

    Well laptops tend to have massive TN viewing angle distortion at the top and bottom of the screen, poor contrast ratios and colour gamuts so they're not ideal for colour critical work regardless of whether the screen is matt or glossy.
     
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    I do colour sensitive work everyday on a glossy screen - on-screen graphics, printed work and photographic (today was print ads for Sony, tomorrow will be a couple of photo jobs) - all without problem. If your prints aren't matching what you see on screen then yes you need to calibrate your monitor (or you might have a ropey printer!) - but that isn't necessarily a short coming of the monitor itself. The glossy screens are more than up to the job of reproducing colours accurately.


    Try Shades: Shades | Software | Charcoal Design
     
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    Given the disclaimer that's probably software adjustment though, fine if you've already bought the thing and need to make it usable but not an optimum solution as software generally just stops the brighter shades from being shown rather than turning down the backlight (which ruins contrast and doesn't reduce power consumption).
     
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    Ah, yes...Now that will start me saving up for a brand new Mac instead of looking for a second-hand.
     
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    Having seen both the glossy and matte MBPs side by side in my local Apple store I'm not sure which screen I'd go for?

    My iMac obviously has a glossy screen and I wouldn't change that for the world, but on a notebook I'm just not sure? Both have pros and cons so I'd have to weight them up and try to decide...
     
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    I have a HP business notebook with a matte screen. For a desktop you are making arguments whichever way, but I personally believe that for a notebook matte screens are most definitely preferential. You cannot predict your lighting environment but many places utilise bright white office lighting. Or you have the sun

    Incidentally when I had my Macbook with me on Virgin Trains it was actually fine as I was travelling during the day and so natural light through the windows
     

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