Do You Prefer a Glossy or Matte Finish to Your Computer/Laptop Monitor?

PC Pro Magazine in the UK polled readers about their preference for glossy or matte computer screens. Not surprisingly, the overwhelming majority of readers wanted matte/non-reflective screens. I wholeheartedly agree with my UK computer using brethren. I dislike my MacBook’s glossy screen, and I also dislike the exorbitant extra cost to upgrade to a matte screen. Unfortunately for some, matte finishes are not available on their computers, including the new iMac. I suppose the industry’s shift to glossy screens is money: I suspect that it is cheaper to install a piece of clear gorilla glass over an LCD than the extra processing that would be required for a matte finish. However, the economy of scale of shifting everything back to a matte finish should diminish the cost across the industry. Why are we still locked into the gloss? I want matte.

Read the poll results here:  Glossy vs matte screens: why the PC industry’s out of touch | PC Pro blog.

Published by Jason W. Ellis

I am an Assistant Professor of English at the New York City College of Technology, CUNY whose teaching includes composition and technical communication, and research focuses on science fiction, neuroscience, and digital technology. Also, I coordinate the City Tech Science Fiction Collection, which holds more than 600 linear feet of magazines, anthologies, novels, and research publications.