Originally Posted by elroth
I was worried about that too, but I was just in an Apple Store that still had the older MacBook Pros on display - even on the older ones it was called "anti-glare" and not matte, at least on their signs.
They didn't have any new ones out yet, so I couldn't actually look at it to see if it was the same.
Originally Posted by jeffharris
Anti-glare is more descriptive than matte. it's pure marketing.
But I'll take Ant-glare over glossy any day. That's why I bought a ViewSonic pro 26" 1920 x 1200 monitor over an Apple.
Apple lost my $700, but they clearly don't seem to care.
The do have an Anti-glare option as BTO, possibly available in store as well. (I commented originally in post #211)
I don't know who started calling them "matte" screens because they are not actually "matte" finish, but are treated with high-tech anti-reflective processes.
I agree with you that they are the better ergonomic choice.
For my eyes, Anti-glare, Anti-reflective is absolutely the way to go. I have found pretty much any brand or type of glossy screen to be just too distracting for me.
It's strange that they are unfortunately relegated to the back of the pack by Apple, especially in how they only offer them as BTO on a few models, and for a significant extra $$.
I am just astounded by the number of glossy mirror-like screens out there as the manufacturers rush lemming-like to the shiny glossy as if that was a good thing. I've assumed that it is some LCD manufacturer economy of scale issue as they try to produce both TV and computer screens. But I don't really know why...
My guess is that many people buy them, not because they have compared side by side, but just because they are the only choice on vast majority of computers in the stores, and they don't know to ask/demand an anti-glare. So of course, they walk out with a glossy because that was the only choice on the shelf.
(I am sure some people must like them, but of all the users I work with, most seem to consciously or unconsciously need to adjust the screen or their head placement to avoid the reflections.)