Originally Posted by SSquirrel
Yes an iMac is a consumer device that will be in those places, but most of the people whining about matte screens are wanting to use the iMac in more of a Pro or at least Prosumer way, so in that case, while yes being pretty old school, if they're really serious about minimizing glare there is the option of a hood. No you don't need to turn off all the lights and close the drapes to use your computer. My apartment has big windows at the end of the living room and my wife and I use the dining room it's attached to as a computer room. My monitor is perpendicular to the windows and I have no problems from the lighting.
I don't have any reflections on my screen b/c most of the time this room is kept reasonably dim and like I said, I have my contrast and brightness controlled so the picture suits my preferences. My eyes aren't being damaged like has been claimed in this thread and my computer works just fine.
You may think some of the suggestions are bullshit but guess what, they were fucking suggestions. The reality of the matter is that Apple isn't making iMacs with matte screens and a measly 1300 people isn't going to change their minds. Maybe I just used my head when I decided where I wanted to have my computer setup. Nah, can't be that simple.
This whole Pro versus Consumer is so dumb. Its as simple as this:
Pros have very specific specifications for their tools. Often that means they must use custom made equipment. This is why Pro tools are expensive. Small audience that requires something 'just-so'.
Consumers are willing to temper their expectations to reach a price-point and lowest-common-denominator interface, aesthetic, whatever other characteristic.
The situation becomes more complex when this happens: Sometimes a Consumer device just happens to fulfill one person's Professional requirements. A second person takes notice and thinks, wow, that would be great if I didn't need to spend so much on a professional tool! Upon reflection (pun fully intended) the second person determines the Consumer device won't meet their requirement.
Then the situation becomes nasty when the second person publicly insults the first person as 'not professional' since they can make due with their Consumer device as a professional tool.
This happens in lots of businesses. My girlfriend is a jeweler. A lot of her tools are custom made from rough blanks to fit her hands and working style precisely. She couldn't buy them at any price, she must custom make them for herself. Still, many other tools can be had very cheap at the local Home Depot (consumer stuff, nothing high-end)
In the Pro Mac User business, whatever the fuck that means anyway, it's different for everyone...There is a perfectly good Mac Pro that you can attach to any screen you like to suit your Professional requirements. Yeah, its more expensive...but suck it up, Pro!
Full disclosure: I am a Pro Mac User who is very pleased with my 27" iMac at home. I build websites, do graphic design and photography work on this machine and I couldn't be happier. In my case the Consumer device fits my needs perfectly well! Don't hate on my or belittle me because the iMac works for me. It's just chance that the machine fits the task.
Now, photographing my girlfriend's jewelry has required me to build a custom jewelry photography studio in the back of her shop. Should I cry because some people can make due with a studio-in-a-box they buy off the internet? I suppose I could, but that's not my style.