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Users Want Matte LCDs While Glossy Screens Dominate 666

Barence writes "A survey of PC Pro readers suggests PC makers are out of touch when it comes to glossy vs matte screens. Almost three quarters of those surveyed said they preferred matte screens despite laptop makers moving almost exclusively to glossy screens. ... Why is the industry hell-bent on not giving customers what they want?"
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Users Want Matte LCDs While Glossy Screens Dominate

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  • by Sycraft-fu ( 314770 ) on Monday May 23, 2011 @02:23PM (#36220094)

    One is that glossy is brighter than matte. Matte screens do reduce the transmission of light. That is a reason laptops hopped on the glossy thing to early, more transmission means less power usage. Well in terms of things in the showroom, people like brighter screens. It is just now humans work. You'll prefer the brighter (or louder in the case of sound) of two otherwise identical objects.

    Also glossy is easier to do right. It costs a little more money to do a good matte screen. Do it poorly and it can look way too grainy and so on. No, it isn't a big price difference but it is there and for cheap displays, pennies count.

    What I tell people is if you care, get a high end monitor. They are better in all kinds of other ways too (like using a better panel technology that gives better colour and viewing angles) and with the pretty much sole exception of Apple, they are all matte. A Dell U2311 or U2410 are good choices for quality but not super expensive. Personally, I really like NEC's PA series. Serious cash, but they look great.

  • Re:Same with 1080p (Score:4, Informative)

    by Tetsujin ( 103070 ) on Monday May 23, 2011 @05:19PM (#36221938) Homepage Journal

    Tried it, it's rubbish. The problem is that while left-white viewing angle is very wide, generally up-down viewing angle is just awful.

    Depends on the monitor you get, of course. IPS panels tend to have pretty good viewing angles, though of course you also get extra latency (I've heard) and higher cost. For me it was worth it.

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