Matte / Anti-Glare Screen Solutions and Type Design

hashiama's picture

Hello all,

I recently purchased a Macbook Pro and went for the antiglare screen – unfortunately it only comes in high resolution (not Retina) and there was no way to scale up the UI elements without compromise of quality... I exchanged it for normal glossy screen.

I'm looking for solutions to decrease glare and have read some reviews of various options; however I'm concerned about the loss of quality (blurriness, prismatic effect) with respect to doing type design.

What are your experiences? Does a anti-glare film decrease the quality enough introduce problems – i.e. for proofing text and so on.


Mark Simonson's picture

The glossy screen will give you a sharper image than a matte screen. It’s a trade off. The best you can do is minimize the glare by controlling the lighting in your environment and the screen’s position in relation to the lighting.

JamesM's picture

I have a 15" MacBook Pro with the optional antiglare screen and love it. The resolution makes UI elements smaller but for me it hasn't been a problem, but I suppose that can vary depending on the application you're using. But most folks these days seem to want a glossy screen as it has deeper blacks and other advantages.

As Mark says, controlling lighting and position can help. Also I've seen some folks buy (or make) a black screen hood to block overhead lights and side lights.

hrant's picture

A laptop often gets used in environments with lighting outside your control, so to me a glossy screen is bad news. I have no personal long-term experience with anti-glare add-ons - that could be a good solution. The 17.3" Dell Precision I've been looking at getting has a 1920×1080 matte display, and it's great.

Most people want a glossy screen for the same reason they want a 16:9 aspect-ratio: they watch movies. Type design is sort of diametrically opposed to watching movies. :-)


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