MWSF09 Best in Show: TechRestore matte finish MacBook screen

MWSF09 Best in Show: TechRestore matte finish MacBook screen

Summary: 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.

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MWSF09 Best in Show: TechRestore matte screenOne 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.

Topics: Laptops, Apple, Hardware, Mobility

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  • Why does your picture...

    the anti-glare screen cutting down the brightness, but the
    picture on their website shows the opposite?

    Physics tells us that only one of these is correct. Refraction
    and diffusion causes light loss.
    msalzberg
  • RE: MWSF09 Best in Show: TechRestore matte finish MacBook screen

    why so much fuss? The screens are nice, havent seen a need
    to have it "anti-glare" ... people are weird.
    doh123
    • Depends on where you use it

      I travel a great deal. My laptop has a matte finish to the screen, and I can use it in the brightest of airport terminals without having to look through a reflection on the screen.

      By contrast, my personal phone has a glossy screen. If I'm outside in the sun I cannot see anything on the screen; I have to cover the display with my hand to read any characters.

      I've tried using laptops with the glossy displays. Yes, they make the colors look brilliant in a dark environment, and the contrast ratio is fantastic. Using one on the go, in varying light levels, is nigh impossible in the world of picture windows and florescent lightning that airport terminals have become.

      I need my system to function and be usable. Looks come secondary to that concern. TechRestore understands that more than does Apple in this case.
      MariusSilverwolf
      • I used to think that as well.

        Then I got a glossy screen laptop and realized I had
        swallowed a big blue pill and never saw how deep the rabbit
        hole went.

        The flare and light loss of a matte screen is much worse than
        the reflections of a glossy screen.

        Now a TRU VUE coated screen. That would be sweet.
        Bruizer
  • Matte screens are almost unusable outside.

    I am amaze at how much easier a glossy screen is to use
    outside. I mean MUCH MUCH easier. The light loss and flare
    outside make every matte screen on a laptop I have used
    have made them almost unusable outside.

    Outside use is NOT the reason to choose matte over glossy.
    Bruizer
  • RE: MWSF09 Best in Show: TechRestore matte finish MacBook screen

    Apple needs to offer a real solution and needs to continue
    offering an anti-glare option. I have an older MBP15 and
    was planning on updating to the new MBP last year until I
    saw how much glare the new screens exhibit.

    Apple's decision to not offer a anti-glare screen means I
    will not be upgrading anytime soon, and that means lost
    business for Apple. I have no intention of spending
    $2500+ dollars for a new laptop only to have to send it
    out to TechRestore and pay an additional $200 to have an
    anti-glare screen.

    Bottom line for me... no anti-glare screen... no sale!

    If more people would contact Apple and hold off
    purchasing laptops because of the anti-glare option, it
    would hurt Apple where it counts most, their bottom line.
    Then we'll see how quickly Apple does an about face.
    Masari.Jones