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Laptops - Matte vs Glossy Screen - Poll

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Poll: Matte Vs Glossy (eg. Truelife) for Laptop

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Laptops - Matte vs Glossy Screen - Poll

in light of all the different opinions being voiced on the choice of screen options (Matte vs Truelife), just thought it might be useful to gauge what people thought in a poll..

if you can explain your decision, that would be even more helpful!
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I always prefer matte screens with good viewing angles. If you do lots of word processing, spreadsheets, etc., you do not want high reflection levels as it causes eye fatigue.

Glossy screens do offer more vibrant colours, but only under correct lighting and proper viewing angles.
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I have an HP with a glossy screen.
Its a pain.
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I have a lg matte flat panel, and a dell inspiron with truelife . . . I think the matte is good, for long periods of use, because its easier on the eyes, but the glossy screens, are great for watching movies, because it adds color depth (only if your not under light and get a stupid reflection. Glossy screens are good if you want to turn a laptop into a portable dvd player :D ! But matte is better for word processing or when you have to stare at the same image for a long time :|
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Matte forever! Shows scratches/marks much less. Doesn't expose dust as easily. Close to no reflections!
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colours look more rich in a glossy but when you turn your brightness down on your screen, you cant see anything cause of the reflection.

matte for me.
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I'm about to order a laptop, definitely going with matte...hate the glossy screens.
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There's no easy answer, as both matte and gloss screens have their place.

I'm typing on a matte screen right now, and I'd prefer to be on a gloss screen under these conditions. Under some others, matte works best, and it also depends on the quality of the screen - I'd take a superior gloss LCD than a generic matte, and vice versa.

Overall, semi-gloss is the way to go, and Dell offers that on some of their ultra high-end models, like the Latitude ATG.
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glossy is like having a mirror in front
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Matte all the way. The glossy screen shows every speck of dust there is!
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Vinman wrote: There's no easy answer, as both matte and gloss screens have their place.

I'm typing on a matte screen right now, and I'd prefer to be on a gloss screen under these conditions. Under some others, matte works best, and it also depends on the quality of the screen - I'd take a superior gloss LCD than a generic matte, and vice versa.

Overall, semi-gloss is the way to go, and Dell offers that on some of their ultra high-end models, like the Latitude ATG.
Well put, Vinman. Agreed on all points.

For the poll, I chose matte. I am not a gamer, don't mind movies on matte and spend the vast majority of my time on a computer reading the screen, not watching it.
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I've used both and vote for matte. I'm currently using a glossy screen and under current lighting conditions it really doesn't matter, but for people on the go definitely matte.
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Matte is better for work purpose, I think.

I've worked with both, including super glossy, and it can be very bothersome.
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Matte is much more practical. Glossy might give you slightly richer colors, but that doesn't really matter when you're always staring at a reflection of your own face.
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An interesting read for a twist on this topic...
Macworld editor wrote some initial comments on the new iMac release which now includes a glossy screen. It's just a paragraph or two of his gripes but some good points:

http://www.macworld.com/weblogs/editors ... /index.php

oh, and I chose matte.

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