Originally Posted by Abster2core
Yes, but keep in mind that there is a difference between 'glare' and 'reflection.'
Reflection can be altered by adjusting the amount, position or angle of light shining on the object seen in the reflection.
Glare can be altered by adjusting the intensity of the light shining directly on the reflective surface or the refractive index of the reflective surface, i.e, in this case the screen.
In any case, it should be buyer beware. Gloss and Mattes have their unique features and for some, demanding advantages. Now we have a choice. To continue to dwell on it in an accusatory fashion is childish. As is somebody dissing anyone who attempt to help those make a choice.
In order to reduce the glare caused by the reflective screens, you have to darken the environment, even painting walls a darker color to absorb more light waves so only what gets into your eyes is generated by the monitor.
This experience has shown us this, that people have different acceptance levels of glare. Some posts I read people have totally no problem with glare, some can't accept even a little and all levels in between.
One thing is true, that there wasn't a problem with our screens at all before the highly reflective screens made their appearance. We could use our screens anywhere, in nearly any environment.
Laptops especially need to have a anti-glare option, but Apple is going to find out Pro sales of highly reflective monitors are going to diminish in favor of a Dell or something else.
Monitors last quite some time, so that's a few years before the effects are realized.
I am please Apple is at least offering the 15" MacBook Pro in a matte option, even though it's not "advertised" alongside the highly reflective models and has to be located via the Build To Order. This is going to generate less sales and a self fulfilling prophecy is going to occur.
"We are selling more glossy than matte, we are going to drop matte again!"
Of course the active online community will jump hard on the 15" matte model because that's our optimal screen size. Computer newbies are going to get sucked in by the "oh shiny" and then get disappointed at home and work because they can't see the screen half the time because of the reflections and glare.
The TV industry realized the mistake of glossy/shiny/reflective displays and now they sell matte mostly, but a few try to do glossy. Sony's Bravia's are all matte.
I can't wait until this whole shiny screen fad is over with, computers are to be used in a functional way, not shiny pieces of desktop artwork. Sure some of the two can be combined, but when one interferes with the use of the computer, then why pay for it?
Note to Apple/Steve Jobs:
If your reading this, thanks for the 15" matte option at least, that's my target product and a lot of others too.
Please look at making other adjustments in other lines, your the only provider of OS X, perhaps it's time to expand the niche narrow product line concept in favor of meeting the needs of your rapidly expanding market share.
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