Originally Posted by mrochester
That's strange because a friend of mine recently got an Imac and that reflects to a very offputting amount in comparison to her old matte screen. The mac is practically like a mirror it's that bad!
There will always be some person who has a problem with something.
What I find is that if you are looking for reflections, you will find them. Once you find them, they become more annoying. But I've seen this with matte displays as well as with glossy displays.
As I said, the matte makes the glare lower, but moves it across much more of the screen. Both can be equally problematic. Glare from matte screens may not be as obvious, but can be more damaging, even if the person doesn't realize it. Matte glare puts a haze across most of the screen, cutting down on the saturation, detail, contrast, and blacks, even more than the matte itself does.
Matte even causes the light from the screen itself to spread into neighboring pixels. This is why it cuts down on the quality of the image.
It may not be seen, but it is causing a problem.
You can think of a plastic cylinder. If you pass light through one end to the other, and look at the side of the cylinder, you will see very little illumination. What you do see is mostly from defects in the material, and dirt on the surface. This is why optical fiber can work. The index of refraction is very high at the air/material boundary.
But, if the surface of the cylinder is matte, the light will move out of the side, and it will shine a bright white (or whatever color you're using). Fiber optic cable would never work.
People aren't thinking about these problems.
So while there will be a few problems for a few, it's not really a problem for most.