Which PC screen is better?

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Which is better: the traditional glossy screen or that newer matte screen?
 

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I like the matte screen because glare can be a big distraction but with the proper lighting or darkened environment the glossy format would definitely be sharper.

Just like photos a matte screen is slightly fuzzier. Professional photographers like to use matte finish for clients photos to prevent the clients from making quality reprints (ala wedding pictures).
 
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but with the proper lighting or darkened environment the glossy format would definitely be sharper.
Just like photos a matte screen is slightly fuzzier.
That's why I'm torn :confused: Which would be better for viewing fine details?
 
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If its a desktop PC and you have a glare free environment then go with the glossy screen.

f its a laptop to be used anywhere you go or a PC in a lighted windowed environment then go with the matte. Glare can be distracting and can tire your eyes over time as they try to adjust to see the screen clearly.

If you wear polarized sunglasses then maybe glossy is okay but you should check as overall screen brightness may decrease.

In my work environment, I have one screen that's glossy and one that matte. I prefer the glossy and try to keep reflection glare to a minimum. Having both, I'm able to switch windows back and forth as needed. This wasn't by design its just what monitors they had at the time when I needed a second monitor.
 
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If its a desktop PC and you have a glare free environment then go with the glossy screen.

f its a laptop to be used anywhere you go or a PC in a lighted windowed environment then go with the matte. Glare can be distracting and can tire your eyes over time as they try to adjust to see the screen clearly.

If you wear polarized sunglasses then maybe glossy is okay but you should check as overall screen brightness may decrease.

In my work environment, I have one screen that's glossy and one that matte. I prefer the glossy and try to keep reflection glare to a minimum. Having both, I'm able to switch windows back and forth as needed. This wasn't by design its just what monitors they had at the time when I needed a second monitor.
Thanks a lot. It'll be a laptop so the chances of having an environment with glare is likely, BUT I do a lot of digital art/painting, so I didn't want to compromise that use by having some screen that doesn't allow one to see everything right. I wish I had the luxury of two monitors!
 
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I have a glossy laptop screen and just bought a matte filter that I can put on and off when I please (however I prefer the matte screen way more then the glossy).
 
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I have a glossy laptop screen and just bought a matte filter that I can put on and off when I please (however I prefer the matte screen way more then the glossy).
That's cool....something like this, I suppose you're talking about:
https://www.cdw.com/shop/products/3M-AG12.5W9-display-anti-glare-filter/3273752.aspx?cm_cat=GoogleBase&cm_ite=3273752&cm_pla=NA-NA-MMM_VI&cm_ven=acquirgy&ef_id=V0MFjgAAANHtoBy4:20160523132846:s&gclid=CLTnpdym8MwCFYRrfgodK9ULsw&s_kwcid=AL!4223!3!61836303979!!!g!106059537619
Is it something that you'll have to replace every now and again?
 
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I actually really like that idea (buying a filter) because I'm going with a glossy screen. I just cannot compromise sharp color and detail, but at least a removable filter would give me both.
 
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Yes, just search anti-glare / anti-reflection filters for laptop screens and you should find a lot of options. They usually all work the same so go for the cheaper ones, but make sure you get one that does not leave a residue layer when removing the filter (that way you can take them off and on when you want). However, note that you need to take your time when putting it on, use some sort of window cleaner and make sure there is NO dust at all, otherwise you will get air bubbles. I just use a normal credit card, after I spray away the dust with some CO2 spray and window cleaner on the screen to make sure the surface is as clean as possible.
 
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Thanks MM, I'll look into it a bit more. Looks like this is the way to go :smile:
 

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