MacBook Pro Antiglare Review
I see many questions on the web asking about the Apple Macbook Pro antiglare laptop. Sometimes its referred to as the MacBook matte finish Laptop. Having both I am able to see first hand the differences between the two. This article concentrates on the MacBook Pro antiglare showing photo’s and a Video at the end
I also have a gloss 13′ MacBook Pro to hand, so have experienced both in all conditions. I will try to give a fare comparison but my preference is the matte version
The first thing you notice with the antiglare MacBook is the silver bezel it has. The gloss MacBook has a black border. I find this silver bezel gives the MacBook a more professional and expensive look. Prior to buying I read a few comment saying it looked cheap. However it looks fantastic and some of my close up photos will show this. It does however make the matte screen slightly more difficult to clean rather than wiping over a continuous sheet of glass as on the MacBook gloss.
Out of the box and side by side I did feel that the colours on the MacBook gloss looked a little richer. I did then calibrate the matte screen and that brought the colours to as good as the gloss screen. I wouldn’t say they looked identical but both acceptable. On the phone Apple tells me that their professional graphic designers use the gloss screen version in rooms which are correctly lit to prevent reflections. Any differences seen when side by side are indistinguishable when you use either on its own.
The biggest issue with the gloss is that its very reflective. Almost like a mirror at times. I found that in a well lit room the reflections gave me eye strain and couldn’t be used for extended periods. Many times through the summer I used the gloss version on the patio. Although usable it was very difficult and would be used in this situation only when absolutely necessary. The MacBook Pro Antiglare was flawless in any condition. The reflections were unnoticeable and is why this version is the one of choice. The one situation where I felt the gloss was better was when using it in a dimly lit room where the light source was directly above the screen. I had a swan neck lamp which I placed above the laptop and it this environment it was a joy to use.
Finally.. On the MacBook’s there is a brightness control. I do believe that the MacBook gloss version is slightly brighter. I would say about one notch brighter. Its a point to note, but not one to worry about. Indoors you never use either at full, and outdoors a one notch difference isn’t distinguishable.
Hope this article helps you make your mind up and if you still have doubts visit the Apple store and compare for your self. To round up I would say the graphical and colour quality of both is very good it just about if you can put up with the reflections and the environment you will use it in.
Here is a video of the MacBook Pro antiglare version. In my next post I will video some examples of its performance so keep checking back.
The first of 2 videos I created to show of the MacBook Pro antiglare.
For a large screen version of the video click HERE