Glossy Vs Anti-Glare Display

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chuck911

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Dell offers a "anti-glare" display (instead of the glossy) on their laptops.
Having never seen one, I was kinda wondering if it's something worth getting. Actually, there's no extra charge for it. I would like to know the pros/cons of this thing before ordering my Dell Inspironi 1720. Thx!

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I do IT service and support in my city. I work on many laptops and I don't like the glossy display. It picks up every bright reflection you can imagine and some you wouldn't. It's almost impossible to get at a position that doesn't pick up a glare.

I don't know who came up with the idea of a glossy screen; but, I think he needs a swift kick in the butt.
 
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I prefer a glossy screen, unless your outside or near very bright lights, you can't see the reflection much. Glossy screens also have richer colors and deeper blacks. Matte screens are roughed up so they are not as reflective but also appear a little more washed out.
 
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I suggest you visit a few stores and compare the screen types. Pay close attention to the reflections.

Ever watched TV on a CRT and been annoyed by open blinds or curtains or had to turn off a lamp? The flatness of the laptop screen does narrow the angle somewhat making the reflections fewer that you have to deal with; but, some are still there.
 
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