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November 29, 2010 10:41:36 AM

what do people mean when they say that a glossy lcd in a laptop sucks !!! ?

if that is the case, what should be the better option ?

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a c 571 D Laptop
November 29, 2010 11:44:17 AM

The difference between glossy or matte LCD screens or anti-reflective coatings is largely a matter of personal preference. And maybe, how and where the laptop gets used the most. There are trade offs between glare, reflection, color saturation and brightness.

A glossy screen can give a 'richer' image in color depth and vibrancy. The downside of glossy screens are more susceptible to glare, reflecting light while outdoors and from windows or lights plus they show fingerprints and smudges more readily.

Matte screens tend to handle being outside and glare in some office settings better due to a polarized coating over the glass. A side effect of the matte finish is a slight blurring, reduced contrast and a narrower viewing angle.

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November 29, 2010 3:22:26 PM

I agree with WR2... as for my experience, it's one of those "once you go black, you don't go back" thing. I really like the Sony x-black glossy screen and choosing my next laptop will be tough as it will mean sacrificing on such screens but going with a truly awesome GPU (which Sony doesn't care about).
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a c 439 D Laptop
November 29, 2010 6:02:07 PM

Yeah, I don't like glossy LCD screens. Too reflective for my taste...

...and I don't need to be reminded how ugly I look. :) 
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November 30, 2010 4:36:11 AM

jaguarskx said:
Yeah, I don't like glossy LCD screens. Too reflective for my taste...

...and I don't need to be reminded how ugly I look. :) 


so if i am an extensive user of say Microsoft excel, which screen would be better for me glossy or matte finish ?
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November 30, 2010 6:55:31 AM

capital_one said:
so if i am an extensive user of say Microsoft excel, which screen would be better for me glossy or matte finish ?

@jaguarskx The reflection occurs because a lot of light is bouncing off your face and landing on the screen as a reflection. Maybe you need to have another look at your lighting arrangements and screen positioning?

@capital_one The laptop screen is the one thing you will look at all the time. Most people forget this fact. Glossy LCD has a richer experience, but as you've read from other writers, it's not to everyone's taste. Why not go in-store (Sony Centre, Apple Store, Other Lappies) and test one? ...keeping in mind that you will probably stare at that screen 8h a day and for the next 4 years.

In terms of Excel, I'd say go for a high-resolution widescreen (1600x900 or even 1920x1080 (1080p)). The extra pixels will pay off as you won't have to scroll that much on a big sheet.
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a c 571 D Laptop
November 30, 2010 10:57:18 AM


If you're able to adjust your workspace lighting to the best ergonomic settings (like in a home office) the glossy screen would be best IMO.
If you're in a more typical office environment where you can't adjust adverse lighting the matte (non-glare) screen might be the best choice.

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November 30, 2010 12:38:53 PM

LemonadeStand, seeing as this is a laptop, your comment about screen position and lighting seems a bit odd. Rarely if used as a mobile computer do you get much say about lighting onditions or screen position as due to type of screens used there is usuaaly only one optimal angle.

It sounds as if you are thinking more of a desktop enviroonment.
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November 30, 2010 1:10:39 PM

@strangestranger, you sad sad person! What do you know about glossy screens and a laptop that you've had for 4 years and now sits neatly as a desktop-replacement? So please, do some shut mouth if you have no experience in that department.
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November 30, 2010 3:25:10 PM

???

What do you know about how to use a computer?

A laptop should not be used as a desktop replacement. If you need power on the move fine get a powerful laptop but if not then use a proper computer. A laptop is not meant to be a full time computer. They are meant for portability.

I know fine well about glossy screens and avoid them like the plague.

You are talking about personal experience as if fact. I ain't. I am am merely pointing out that you should not be using, and sure as hell should not be advising someone to use the wrong type of equipment in the wrong way.
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November 30, 2010 3:51:21 PM

strangestranger said:
You are talking about personal experience as if fact. I ain't. I am am merely pointing out that you should not be using, and sure as hell should not be advising someone to use the wrong type of equipment in the wrong way.

Your first reply was targetted at me and didn't contain a single bit of answer to the Question-asker! This is the type of dummy that you are.

"A laptop should not be used as a desktop replacement." What the hell is that supposed to mean? Are you from this world or era? Do you own a laptop or do you even know what a gaming laptop is? Have you ever seen a 17" laptop, do you know that they sell laptop this big? Right! If you want to duplicate the COST of a desktop and a laptop, then fine, open your wallet and feed those companies.

"should not be advising someone to use the wrong type of equipment in the wrong way." I like my Sony X-Black 720p glossy screen, so much that I find it hard to adapt to some of my friends' cheap screen. This is my experience and I have the right to share it. If you don't like it, fine, write your own post and shut up.
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November 30, 2010 4:22:00 PM

I am from this era, an era where ergonomics are a factor. No laptop no matter the size is as good as a well setup desktop.

Your posts have been advising the OP as if a laptop is a good thing for use as a desktop replacement which it is not.

Again, if he is using a laptop as a mobile computer which I would hope the OP would be he will not be able to adjust for lighting or, if he wants the best from a laptop screen, he will be limited in the angle he can position it so reflections do matter.

Oh and for your information I have used a gaming laptop from years back, used it as a desktop replacement and it is still going. It was never as good as a desktop and so I only use my current laptop for what it is designed to do, be a mobile computer.
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November 30, 2010 4:36:32 PM

@strangestranger dude, just give ur damn answer and be done with it.

I am not sure where you've read in this post that I've advised the OP to get a desktop replacement laptop. I've given my opinion on glossy screen. Further to that, I advised @jaguarskx that the lighting arrangement in his room might be causing the reflection problem. Just moving those around (if it's a desk lamp or stand lamp) will resolve this issue. I'm not sure why ur dummy head is seeing this as a WRONG advice and what that has to do with "mobile computer," which to my knowledge can be moved anywhere around a desk until an optimum position of no reflection is obtained. Even the screen can be tilted. In my case, I have no reflection problems and I enjoy the rich experience of my screen.

What is your problem? Are you not wearing your glasses today? Is your mind confusing something that I said against your outdated knowledge and mixing it with the topic of this thread? Get some rest and in future, please stick to answering the question otherwise u just digress the thread and end up confusing yourself.
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November 30, 2010 5:03:36 PM

My responses had everything to do with the question. He is thinking about buying a notebook with a glossy screen or maybe matte. How he is going to be using the comp and where is of central importance.

You however, seem to be assuming that he is going to be wrongly using this as his main computer judging by your comments. Sorry, but no way I look at this, you seem to be advising the OP about a situation where he would be at a permanent place using a computer in which case a notebook is not the best solution.

Tell me how I am not being of use to the OP bringing these issue to light.

To the OP: Whether you get a glossy screen or not will very much depend on where you are going to be using this computer. If you could tell us how you intend to use it, it will help immensly in deciding what will be best. Of course personaly preference will come into it and it would be best to see the type of screen you are thinking of buying in the wild.
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November 30, 2010 5:20:48 PM

@strangestranger u r a complete and utter retard! Anyone who reads this thread from head to toe will be able to tell what ur contribution really was.
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a b D Laptop
November 30, 2010 8:22:03 PM

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@strangestranger u r a complete and utter retard! Anyone who reads this thread from head to toe will be able to tell what ur contribution really was.


I read through the thread. I can tell that you're an extremely defensive person who didn't like someone with an opposing view.

You need to read through the forum Terms of Service. It specifically forbids personal attacks on other members.
http://www.tomshardware.com/terms.html
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a c 571 D Laptop
December 1, 2010 4:53:56 AM

I've used a matte LCD (Dell Latitude) and glossy LCD (Dell XPS) and didn't find enough difference between them to get excited about.
Overall I prefer the glossy screens (think LCD TVs and monitors). I think there are other factors that are more important, including price.

I also think a laptop can make a good desktop replacement these days. At least for many people with 'average' computer needs. Years ago we'd have a desktop for the performance and a laptop for the portability. The performance & price differences aren't as great as they once were and for a majority of people a laptop can meet their every computer need at a price that's comfortable.

While desktops won't disappear the trend is away from that form factor:
http://dataplusinsight.com/general/the-us-personal-comp...

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December 1, 2010 9:05:50 AM

aford10 said:
I read through the thread. I can tell that you're an extremely defensive person who didn't like someone with an opposing view.

Did you even bother reading the whole thing? Then how come u missed his 1st reply? It contained NO answer whatsoever. It was directed at me. What would you do if that happened to you? This is the very definition of "troll."

@strangestranger has no understanding of what's going on. The topic of this thread is about "SCREENS." If you read what that retard wrote, then you will see that it is equivalent to provocation. I don't mind people writing their own post, their own answer to the question. Everyone can read if it contains facts or is simply a kiddy reply of "moan moan, it s*cks" But a provocation is a different matter.
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December 1, 2010 10:28:15 AM

This is a forum, you post something, I can reply.

In this case you posted something which to me made no sense. When discussing the pros and cons of screens, environment and usage make up 99% of the decision.

As this is a laptop, special considerations need to be made, considerations I do not think you made.
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December 2, 2010 12:37:08 PM

Best answer selected by capital_one.
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