If you work with computers on a daily basis, you’ve probably noticed that in some computers the monitor is shiny (glossy), and on others the monitor is not-so-shiny (matte). Like most, you probably didn’t think much of it, but it makes more of a difference than you might think!
In a stable environment, the two monitors don’t look much different, which is why there’s so much debate between manufacturers about which coating is best. Different people look for different things when buying their devices, so the question really isn’t “which one is better?” but rather, it’s “which one is better suited for your needs?”
Glossy screens are shinier and smoother than their matte counterpart, and though its colors are very visually pleasing in low light areas, because of their reflective surfaces they can become extremely difficult to look at in a bright environment, especially if they’re set in the sunlight or directly under florescent lighting.
However if used in a controlled setting, their graphics are very vivid and the contrast is sharp. If you primarily work with computers at home where you can easily access the lighting to whichever room you’re in, this might just be the perfect fit for you! If you take your laptop with you on the go however, where lighting might be volatile and unpredictable, you might want to consider a matte screen.
Matte screens have an anti glare coating applied to them in manufacturing, which makes them ideal for business travels or vacations and the like. Initially you might find yourself put off by them in the store – where lighting is dimmer and glossy displays generally look more pleasing, but matte screens are a life saver to the busy people who need to access files on the spot.
It’s important to keep in mind that while matte monitors do protect the screen from glare and make it easier to see what you’re looking at, that positive comes with a visual cost. Not to mention that despite how vivid the colors on a glossy screen might be, in conditions with stronger lighting you put more strain on your eyes, which could possibly effect your eyesight later on in life.
When weighing the pros and cons of matte vs. glossy it becomes clear that the real decision comes down to the individual seeking to buy the device and what their situation is.
Which screen is right for you? If you need help deciding, or have any questions, feel free to give your friends at No Ware Computer Repair a call. We’re always happy to help!