One of the trickest upgrades I found on the Macworld Expo show floor is the matte finish screen replacement ($199) for the 15-inch uniboby MacBook Pro from TechRestore. Apple's glossy screen is pictured on the left and TechRestore's anti-glare screen is on the right.
I'm no fan of glossy notebook displays (as readers of these pages know all too well) and TechRestore is providing a service that Apple does not: anti-glare MacBook Pro 15's that I can actually use outside on sunny days.
While Apple did announce an anti-glare screen option ($50) for the brand, spankin' new 17-inch MacBook Pro, Apple representatives that I spoke to in the booth said that the company wouldn't commit to offering the anti-glare option for its 15 or 13-inch MacBooks. Whether or not they will eventually offer a matte option is up for debate, but I'm not waiting for Apple to make up its mind.
TechRestore does its magic by removing the glass surface and a layer of glossy material under it that's glued to the MBP15 screen. It then replaces it with a protective anti-glare surface that cuts glare by about 80 percent in my unscientific estimate. TechRestore's matte screen option comes with a black bezel which looks much better than Apple's anti-glare MBP17 which has an aluminum bezel.
The TechRestore matte finish MacBook screen is an O'Grady Best in Show because it sells for only $199 with 3-5 business day turnaround and free return ground shipping. Even faster overnight service and shipping options are available for an additional fee.