Glossy Vs. Matte Screen Comparison on Laptops

A question that often comes up in purchasing a laptop is what’s the difference between a glossy and matte screen? Which is better? Depending on your preferences and usage, one might be better than the other. For business users the matte screen option is generally better as it reduces glare and reflections, both of which can be a big issue when staring at the screen for hours at work. If you want to use your laptop to watch movies though, the glossy screen helps to enhance colors and could be preferable. This video shows the difference between a matte screen on a Lenovo ThinkPad and glossy screen on the Apple MacBook Pro.

12 thoughts on “Glossy Vs. Matte Screen Comparison on Laptops

  1. bruno couto

    I think I've been here before… But, well, I have a Sony Vaio VPC F-236 FM, and its a 16,4" inches FHD screen that doesn't "glare" too much, but its not like a Samsung I saw one of these days. It looked like someone took a piece of sandpaper and rubbed it on the screen. Surely, one could work on the outside, but I wonder who would want to, it looked so ugly I can't even imagine having that thing. So, for that Samsung, sandpaper screen, and for some other notebook, mirror screen… In which category would that Sony Vaio fit?

  2. Virgil Walker

    Actually your wrong. Mac and PC Laptops all use the same screen, either LCD or LED. the difference is not in the screen, but Mac uses a Glass that is over the LCD. there is no glossy or any bullshit like that. Mac's use the same output LCD and LED PINN Connectors. There's no difference. Normally the Mac Book pro has a Glass that is park of the front Bezel. You can remove the glass, REmove the Screen and use the same LCD/LED screen on a Regular NoteBook PC. I fix Computers and LCD/LED screen on a the daily, that's what I do. So when someone asked for me to repair a cracked LCD/LED on their MAC, I order the same part as I do for any PC laptop. it's the same thing, maybe different connectors, but it's the same thing.

  3. Kerem Parlakgumus

    i have asus vs229ha
    3M Anti-Glare Filter for Widescreen Desktop LCD Monitor 21.5" (AG21.5W9) do you recommentd this

  4. NegativeEffect

    on windows almost everthing can be configured so can screen color calibration. anti glare and glossy screens can't give you such exprience. Especially not between Mac and Windows computers.

  5. HoryTB

    I'd say for entertainment glossy but for office work matte.
    Decades ago it's discovered that the reflections in the screen would ruin your eye sight as you cannot "decide" which picture to focus: your work on the monitor or the things going on beyond it – behind you…

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