Glossy vs Matte Screens
Based on what I have read on the web, the majority of people prefer a matte screen monitor. Not me.
For many years I used CRT monitors with glossy screens. Text was sharp and graphics looked awesome. When I purchased my first LCD monitor it had a matte screen. In comparison the text looked fuzzy and the graphics uninspiring.
I used the matte screen monitor for many years. However, after using a friends computer with a glossy screen monitor I was reminded how much I prefer the display quality of glossy screen monitor and decided to purchase one for myself. I was surprised during my monitor search at how few desktop glossy screen monitors are available compared to matte. I eventually wound up on Dell's web site and purchased one of their wide-screen glossy monitors. After several days of use I liked it so much I immediately purchased a second. Unfortunately Dell no longer sells this model monitor.
Glare and reflection are cited as the reason most people choose matte screens over glossy although I haven't found either to be a problem with my glossy monitors. My monitors face two large east facing windows. For a few hours in the morning as the sun comes up I have to adjust the blinds slightly or glare is excessive. I had to do the same for my matte screen monitor so that's no big deal. It's important to note that matte monitors are not immune to glare and reflection, just that they do a better job at diffusing it - at the expense of some graphics quality.
Based on the number of matte screen monitors available versus glossy screen monitors it would seem that my pro-glossy opinion is not widely shared by others. Regardless, after using both types for many years I will a choose glossy screen model every time as long as they are available.
To determine which type of monitor is best for you I suggest visiting a store with both types on display and see which type appeals to you more. If you like the glossy screen monitors I say buy it. I think you'll like it.
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