Review: Power Support MacBook Pro Anti-Glare Film
Posted 06 February 2009 - 03:56 AM
Posted 06 February 2009 - 04:26 AM
Thanks I really enjoyed reading the post.
Sorry if this post appears twice.
Posted 06 February 2009 - 06:23 AM
Posted 06 February 2009 - 07:18 AM
Sorry, but anyone that considers a glossy screen a step DOWN to a matte, quite obviously never even SEEN one (when the computer was ON of course) let alone USED one. Period. Ironically all I EVER seem to read or hear is from just those people. Since IMO complete utterly irreverent nonsense such as "If I want to look at myself while I work" can only come from just those individuals (who even unabashedly admit to the fact!). What's worse is to actually consider the older screen in any way BETTER. It's so perfidious.
I for one have a) now worked with my unibody 15" for 3-4 months now and travel constantly with it. Not ONCE in that entire time have I been annoyed by, let alone even noticed the higher reflectivity of the screen compared to my old MBP! In fact, once when I was sitting in a café, I didn't even realize I was sitting with my back to a window(!) until the MBP went to sleep! That's when I went "whoa!" and came to realize the superb benefit of the supreme brightness of the LED screen. And b) I've seen a direct comparison between both the "old" screen glossy and matte, side by side AND next to my unibody. Anyone that has, will never be able to actually claim the matte is in any way superior to the glossy with a straight face. The colors and most of all the sharpness of the image is light-years ahead of the matte. The added brightness of the LED also reduces the likelihood of even noticing reflections (if it's not the SUN itself, in which case even a MATTE wouldn't make any better of it!). Bottom line: if anything, the MATTE is a trade-off no one should be willing to settle for. In fact, looking at the before and after pictures above make my point, and painfully so.
Oh and by the way, the FOCAL PLANE your eyes work at when sitting in front of the screen is so completely some where else than that plane on which reflections are on (FAR behind the screen) so that these aren't even in focus, therefore blurred. With a decent camera that's easily made obvious, not like the one that was used here. (but I guess the quality camera you use, depends on the point you're trying to make.) So purely THAT fact moves "grievances" like those into irrelevance.
But hey, as long as there's something to whine about to give us the feeling to be on top of everything and/or WAY ahead of everyone else.
Sure, Apple only came up with the glossy idea (practically years after PC manufacturers by the way) just to tick people off. Not because it actually presents an advancement in both quality and ergonomics. No way. Never.
Posted 06 February 2009 - 07:21 AM
Taking your time is necessary to avoid ai bubbles. Gently scrap the film down w/ a credit card as you lower it on the screen.
Posted 06 February 2009 - 07:55 AM
Do you really think that a MacWorld editor has never seen or used any of the glossy Macs? C'mon!
Posted 06 February 2009 - 08:16 AM
Posted 06 February 2009 - 08:25 AM
While people who enjoy using glossy screens have no problem focusing on just one plane, my eyes -- and those of others who dislike glossy -- aren't capable of doing that. In a perfectly dark room, the screen is fine. But as soon as there are any reflections, that's where my eye focuses. This constant shifting of focus gives me a headache within about 30 minutes of using a glossy screen.
I honestly believe this is a physiological thing, and no amount of "getting used to it" is going to solve the problem. I tried, using the MacBook, and it makes no difference -- even after months of hours-a-day usage, the glossy screen was just as annoying on day 180 as it was on day one.
What I really don't understand is all the anger directed at those of us who prefer matte displays: what's the problem with choice, especially when that choice has existed in Mac laptops for nearly 20 years?
Posted 06 February 2009 - 08:47 AM
Some like the new glossy screens from Apple and some don't (me included). It's your right to disagree with my opinion, but not to chastise me or call into question my mental health for thinking so. Please allow others the freedom to think what they want. It's the reason people left the old world to come to America: freedom of thought. It is fundamental to the American way of life. Please practice tolerance whenever possible. It makes a better, more livable world.
Posted 06 February 2009 - 09:22 AM
Thanks for this review, Rob. And don't let the haters discourage you - plenty of us are interested in these options.
Posted 06 February 2009 - 09:30 AM
The difference it has made to my glossy screen is amazing. My office has a window that was making reading on my computer impossible. For the last few months I've been printing out everything because on-screen reading gave me too much of a headache. This screen protector has been a lifesaver for me. I don't work with color, so can't speak to the impact on color quality.
I highly recommend this product for anyone who reads lengthy documents on their computer or works near windows/glaring lights.