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Old 01-01-2009, 01:53 PM
 
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I am wondering why all the new laptops I am looking at have that glossy screen that reflects stuff behind me and probably causes eyestrain.

It is hard to believe that screens would be sold that cause eyestrain.

Do they? Are the sticky sheets that are sold to prevent glare on laptop screen effective and worth it?
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Old 01-01-2009, 03:12 PM
 
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They do well in bright conditions. I have some clients who use them in a retail setting and love them.
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Old 01-01-2009, 05:46 PM
 
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Adjusting the angle of the screen just a little can resolve the glare issue.
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Old 01-01-2009, 06:31 PM
 
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Glossy LCDs look great and have amazing color saturation but you do have to be careful where you put them. I wouldn't put one on a wall opposite a window. Any monitor will get glare doing that but the glossy ones are worse. I haven't seen anything you can put over them to reduce the glare but I'm sure anything that attempted it would also reduce the image quality substantially too.
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Old 01-01-2009, 07:47 PM
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I think they're terrible and make it hard to see the screen. You might try a 3M privacy filter. It would give privacy and block the glare.

3M US: Computer Filters
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Old 01-01-2009, 07:51 PM
 
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My wife has one of those smooth type screens. I like it a lot better than mine. Being bigger helps, too.
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Old 01-01-2009, 08:44 PM
 
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I have a Matt screen on my old laptop Dell Latitude D620. After having seen my Macbook Pro 15.4" Intel processor with glossy screen - I find that the images are so bright and vivid that I have to turn down the brightness.
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Old 01-01-2009, 10:13 PM
 
Location: Cary, NC
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I have a Dell Laptop with a 17" glossy TrueLife screen.
I love it, but I try to have my lighting overhead, and not behind me.
Lights behind me do give too much glare, but are not really necessary, either.
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Old 01-02-2009, 12:56 PM
 
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I think they're terrible and make it hard to see the screen. You might try a 3M privacy filter. It would give privacy and block the glare.

3M US: Computer Filters
I hate them. For a laptop you travel about and use the computer in various places. Also, in a business environment desk orientation generally does not consider the direction that the light is coming from.

It is true that over time eyestrain creates stress, and a shiny screen does not seem necessary. Wacom, which some call the industry leader in artist tablets, has a mat finish to avoid the glare (as well as to add texture) because staring through glare over time will increase weariness even though the worker is not aware of it doing so.

The customer might not be expected to know these things, but the manufacturers certainly should. So, someone, for some reason, thought this was a good idea or a cheaper idea and the rest followed.

I found, also, a 3M site for laptop screens, but they are both removable and can be kept on when the notebook is closed:

3M anti-glare, anti-static and anti-radiation filters relieve eyestrain.

3M Frame-less Privacy Filters for Notebook Laptop and Desktop LCD - safeguard delicate LCD displays and protect confidential documents. Monitors
Features of the 3M Frame-less Notebook and Desktop Privacy Filter would include:
  • 3M's privacy technology blacks out the monitor so that only the person directly in front of the monitor can see on- screen data
  • This filter protects delicate LCD screens from scratches , fingerprints, or more serious damage
  • Filters attach and detach easily, and can remain in place when the Notebook is closed
  • Anti-glare surface with increased contrast
I just wondered if anyone knew WHY companies are making those shiny screens?
Retailers have mentioned complaints by customers about them.
The LED screens, someone told me, are not as glossy, but they are often a more costly upgrade. I don't know how true that is.

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Old 01-02-2009, 09:34 PM
 
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I spend the majority of my computing time (and I spend a LOT of time on a computer) in front of a laptop with a "shiny" screen. All I do is angle it so there is no light source reflecting on it behind me, or adjust it so a light source can't reflect directly into my line of sight.

I simply do not understand the problem.
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