Originally Posted by mdriftmeyer
More to the point, anyone who puts their monitor directly opposite a window knowing it isn't a matte surface is an idiot.
I wouldn't go that far, but.
I would rephrase it toanyone who puts their monitor, gloss or matte directly opposite a window
, and complains about the glare or reflection is just ignorant.
Interesting that I can walk into some of the biggest ad agencies in the world, with dozens of monitors, both matte and glossy, and find some are preferred over others for whatever reason. However, there was never a rule that it is a 'must be this type of screen only. Although the main board rooms, particularly for client meeting/presentations were invariably furnished with gloss screens. In any even, if anybody did complain, it was a, "turn or tilt the damn thing stupid."
Also interesting that many of the complaints about the glossy screens come from people that have never even seen one, let alone used one, yet come across like they had a PhD in Physics. Those that have had or are having issues, perhaps a little direction will help.
For sure you don't put your TV in opposite the front window. Most cases, you turn down or even turn off all the lights when you are watching a movie. Ever notice that most TVs were placed below eye level. Only recently with plasma and LCD screens did wall mounting and thus positioning the screen above eye level become popular. And when we got our first one, remember how much we had to re-adjust our room lights and curtains. For those of you that still have a drive-in theatre nearby, check out how the movie screen is placed relative to where the sun sets.
And, one other suggestion, there are a lot of web sites that will help, including Apple: http://www.apple.com/about/ergonomics/vision.html
(I would personally recommend that everybody bookmark it and check it over once in awhile, particularly after you have rearranged your monitor/office/furnishings.
In addition, if you have the luxury to visit an Apple store, don't make your final screen choice or negate one because of the glare or reflection observed while standing in front of it. Have it put or position yourself as it/you would be ideally placed/recommended. In most cases, the Apple stores are so lit that tilting the screen will be sufficient to reduce glare. However, if Apple were to do what Sony does to display their highend screens, a 'dark' room would be really show off the beauty of the iMac.