Originally Posted by JeffDM
I think now that people are used to it, they might. But then, CRTs used to be made with a non-matte anti-glare surface and it didn't take long to forget that was ever a possibility. IBM, HP, Compaq, Apple and others offered displays with such a nice surface treatment. It's like the third option that's better than the first two but almost nobody gives it the time of day. Even then, today's LCDs are a lot sharper than displays of the past, so the difference might not have been noticed.
How many people can apply a large sheet of plastic without getting bubbles under them? It's hard to do for a 3" screen.
Even then, it's probably just matte, rather than a good anti-glare surface.
It's not air bubbles that are the problem, it's dust particles. If you get the radtech product that I'd linked to earlier, they have a protective sheet over the top so you can use credit cards to smooth out bubbles without getting scratches in the the anti-glare sheet.
I've found the best way to get it to work is to have a helper. One person puts on the sheet, and the second uses compressed air to keep dust off while you go.
My opinion is that glossy is the way to got. The colors and picture are way sharper with the glossy option. If glare is an issue you can always get a cheap solution to solve that. If anything changes you can peel it back off and you're good to go, and get your good picture back. If you go matte though, you're stuck with that forever.
Also the glossy screens are far more durable than matte LCD screens. You don't have to worry about a cleaning solution ruining the plastic of the screen. Also in the case of laptops, you don't run the risk of having the oils from your hands left on the keys burning your display. The Dell laptops we have at work have lots of burns on the screen from the oil on the keys.