New laptop - matte or glossy screen for photo editing?

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bruce4nature New Member • Posts: 15
New laptop - matte or glossy screen for photo editing?

Hey everyone,

I'm just curious to know what people prefer to edit photos on a laptop: a matte or glossy screen? Is there an advantage of using one over the other for post processing? Or is it just a personal preference?

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bruce4nature wrote:

Hey everyone,

I'm just curious to know what people prefer to edit photos on a laptop: a matte or glossy screen? Is there an advantage of using one over the other for post processing? Or is it just a personal preference?

Personally, glossy screens annoy me for all purposes. I've never seen a reflection on a screen that I thought made viewing better.

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RDKirk wrote:

bruce4nature wrote:

Hey everyone,

I'm just curious to know what people prefer to edit photos on a laptop: a matte or glossy screen? Is there an advantage of using one over the other for post processing? Or is it just a personal preference?

Personally, glossy screens annoy me for all purposes. I've never seen a reflection on a screen that I thought made viewing better.

+1  No glossy screens for me as reflections are distracting.  But glossy prints are a good thing.

bmcnich Junior Member • Posts: 45
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Go with a matte, anti-glare screen.  This was part of my criteria the last time I purchased a laptop and it is a much better user experience.

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benny and the jets New Member • Posts: 18
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Simon Garrett Veteran Member • Posts: 6,982
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bruce4nature wrote:

Hey everyone,

I'm just curious to know what people prefer to edit photos on a laptop: a matte or glossy screen? Is there an advantage of using one over the other for post processing? Or is it just a personal preference?

As others say, reflections from glossy screens are a nuisance.  If you are using the laptop only where there are no light sources behind you then it doesn't matter.  I have a Dell laptop with a glossy screen ('cos I had no choice) but I rarely use it in locations where I get reflections so it's no bother.

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R M S Regular Member • Posts: 176
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Go for matte,

Have you ever seen an Eizo with a glossy screen?

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AikenMooney Senior Member • Posts: 2,115
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Easy one.

Matte, matte, matte.

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Glossy? Never again.
"A picture is worth a thousand words":

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Bungleaio Junior Member • Posts: 28
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I have just bought a new laptop, a HP Spectre with a glossy screen. Normally I would prefer a matt but this is anti reflective and I'm really pleased with it, best of both worlds.

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bruce4nature wrote:

I'm just curious to know what people prefer to edit photos on a laptop: a matte or glossy screen?

Bruce, I think you've done something completely unprecedented on this forum:  found a subject on which everyone actually agrees.   Congratulations, it'll probably never happen again.

AikenMooney Senior Member • Posts: 2,115
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Sean Nelson wrote:

bruce4nature wrote:

I'm just curious to know what people prefer to edit photos on a laptop: a matte or glossy screen?

Bruce, I think you've done something completely unprecedented on this forum: found a subject on which everyone actually agrees. Congratulations, it'll probably never happen again.

Sean you beat me to it. Odds of everyone agreeing is about like winning Power Ball,

Simon Garrett Veteran Member • Posts: 6,982
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Sean Nelson wrote:

bruce4nature wrote:

I'm just curious to know what people prefer to edit photos on a laptop: a matte or glossy screen?

Bruce, I think you've done something completely unprecedented on this forum: found a subject on which everyone actually agrees. Congratulations, it'll probably never happen again.

I disagree.  No reason, just on principle.

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Simon Garrett wrote:

Sean Nelson wrote:

bruce4nature wrote:

I'm just curious to know what people prefer to edit photos on a laptop: a matte or glossy screen?

Bruce, I think you've done something completely unprecedented on this forum: found a subject on which everyone actually agrees. Congratulations, it'll probably never happen again.

I disagree. No reason, just on principle.

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Bungleaio wrote:

I have just bought a new laptop, a HP Spectre with a glossy screen. Normally I would prefer a matt but this is anti reflective and I'm really pleased with it, best of both worlds.

Out of curiosity, would you mind elaborating what is best/good regarding a glossy screen with anti-glare?

Matte isn't reflective making it ideal for photo editing. Anti-glare should in principle have reduced glare (which in my opinion still sucks for photo editing), doesn't it then make a semi-gloss screen?

I still don't see how any form of glossy can be beneficial for photography (or any laptop use).

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roonsmits wrote:

Bungleaio wrote:

I have just bought a new laptop, a HP Spectre with a glossy screen. Normally I would prefer a matt but this is anti reflective and I'm really pleased with it, best of both worlds.

Out of curiosity, would you mind elaborating what is best/good regarding a glossy screen with anti-glare?

Matte isn't reflective making it ideal for photo editing. Anti-glare should in principle have reduced glare (which in my opinion still sucks for photo editing), doesn't it then make a semi-gloss screen?

I still don't see how any form of glossy can be beneficial for photography (or any laptop use).

Think of the two types of non-glare picture glazing we have available.

One is a "matted" glass that is etched to reduce reflections, but it also reduces black density and sharpness.
The other is a glass with a lens-type multicoating that "captures" reflections, yet retains full black density and sharpness.

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Sean Nelson wrote:

bruce4nature wrote:

I'm just curious to know what people prefer to edit photos on a laptop: a matte or glossy screen?

Bruce, I think you've done something completely unprecedented on this forum: found a subject on which everyone actually agrees. Congratulations, it'll probably never happen again.

  

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Bungleaio Junior Member • Posts: 28
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RDKirk wrote:

roonsmits wrote:

Bungleaio wrote:

I have just bought a new laptop, a HP Spectre with a glossy screen. Normally I would prefer a matt but this is anti reflective and I'm really pleased with it, best of both worlds.

Out of curiosity, would you mind elaborating what is best/good regarding a glossy screen with anti-glare?

Matte isn't reflective making it ideal for photo editing. Anti-glare should in principle have reduced glare (which in my opinion still sucks for photo editing), doesn't it then make a semi-gloss screen?

I still don't see how any form of glossy can be beneficial for photography (or any laptop use).

Think of the two types of non-glare picture glazing we have available.

One is a "matted" glass that is etched to reduce reflections, but it also reduces black density and sharpness.
The other is a glass with a lens-type multicoating that "captures" reflections, yet retains full black density and sharpness.

Exactly this, it's just like looking at a shiny print without the reflections and shine on it.

OP bruce4nature New Member • Posts: 15
Re: New laptop - matte or glossy screen for photo editing?

Thank you everyone for your responses.  It looks like a matte screen is the way to go for my next laptop purchase.

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