Originally published at: http://www.howtogeek.com/181727/glossy-vs.-matte-lcds-which-should-you-choose-when-buying-a-display/
Can you not see your laptop’s screen in a bright room, or do you think the colors on your desktop computer’s display look dull and lifeless? Maybe you chose the wrong type of display coating.
Text. No mention of text in your article, unless I missed it. Did I? I work with text all day so I am very interested in the best display I can find. Unfortunately, not much has been done over the years to improve readability. All the focus seems to be on graphics. Anyway, what's your take on the better display for written documents and spread sheets, etc.?
"In the photo below, bear in mind that the display on the left is on an older laptop, so you can’t directly compare the displays. The differences are due to much more than a glossy or matte coating." -- So, WHY DID YOU INCLUDE THAT PHOTO IN THE ARTICLE?
Because it shows the difference between a matte screen and a glossy one under the same conditions. The point was not to show which display is better. Its pretty obvious from a glance to understand what was being communicated.
OT: I've stopped buying glossy screens since about 3 years ago. As in, I wont even consider a monitor that has a glossy coating - especially for a laptop. For desktop monitors, buying a good matte panel then color calibrating will get you superior picture quality than an uncalibrated glossy screen, with the added benefit of being able to use it in a lot more positions. Even a table lamp a few meters away from a glossy screen can render is pretty much unusable, not to mention the hideous reflections you get when the screen is black/dark.
Hell, I even put matte screen protectors on my phone and tablet. Makes the displays actually useable outside and it just looks that much cooler.
I also prefer a matte coating; my 2 IPS panels (a Dell ultrawide and an AOC 22") both have a matte finish, and they don't reflect things in the room the way my HP monitors do. The HP's are very nice in terms of image quality, but seeing lights in the background is very distracting. (The same goes for my iPad and cell phone screens. Both of those are shiny. Ugh!)
IPS is the way to go !
I bought a pair of Asus Pro Art monitors, and while expensive, they're incredible. Matte finish, IPS Panels, factory colour calibrated, and have more inputs than I could possibly ever need. That and they're 2560x1440. Gaming on those are something else...
Yeah, Ultra Wide Screen is the shiznat. I have a Dell UWS, and my only complaint is that it's not taller. Mine is the same height as a 22" monitor, and it feels like a downgrade from my dual 25's for gaming.
On the other hand, for programming and text work, it's awesome: I put 2 windows side by side (I use WinSplit Revolution like a boss) and it's just perfect - especially on my office desk that's a little more cramped.
I work with artists and the easiest way I can explain it to them is in terms of "gel medium". Gel medium for art is available in matte or gloss finish. Matte tends to tone the colours down somewhat, whereas gloss gives them a boost. This makes sense to them!
As for reading text, I don't have a preference. in my personal opinion, I find that as text gets smaller, it remains clearer at the smaller sizes on a matte LCD. Having said that, I also have me some pretty shmick eyesight too - people with eyesight not so great may have differing opinions.
I work with 2 monitors side by side, one matte, one glossy. Not by choice, just happened to be what was available in the workplace when I grew from one monitor to 2. I quite like it as I can drag and drop to my preferred window depending on my current task. Lucky me. Seeing 2 monitors side by side definitely increases your awareness of colour calibration.
My favourite advantage to a glossy monitor is it gives me a moment to fix my hair when it's switched off or on a dark screen, I don't have to walk to a mirror, and hey, a girl has always gotta look her best
Can anyone give me suggestions on displays? I want a 1920x1080 or 1920x1200.
My current display has really bad contrast, so i sometimes can't see black/dark tone pictures.
My budget is around $100~150, is that too low to get a decent display?
You should be able to get a 19" monitor for that kind of price... maybe even a 21" or 22" display. Honestly, I stopped recommending brands a long time ago. I just go to the store and look at the monitors.
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