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Glossy vs Matte LCD Monitors


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http://live.pirillo.com/ – The decision whether to buy a glossy or matte LCD monitor is subjective. Every person will have their likes and dislikes, and you should buy whatever you are most comfortable with.

There are pros and cons to both a glossy LCD monitor, and a matte one. The cons for each type are not negative enough to sway your decision to one over another.

I prefer a matte screen for one main reason. I detest looking at dirt specs and smudges. I don’t want to have to clean my monitor every day… or several times a day. Glossy screens are bad about that. They show *everything*! However, the colors are more vibrant on a glossy screen, and the blacks are richer. A matte screen is non-reflective, but that can be a pro OR a con. It depends on your preference, again.

Thanks to Ustream, I have the capability to do a live poll via my stream. I asked our viewers and chatters which type of monitor they prefer. 65% chose matte, while only 35% chose glossy.

Thanks for validating my opinion, guys. It’s a matte screen FTW.

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Dual Monitor Duel: DVI Divinity

My love affair with resolution started with my first 14″ CRT monitor – I pushed that sucker to 1024×768 (interlaced) with 256 colors in Windows 3.11. Anything less than that was simply uncivilized. It took years for most users to catch up to that screen size, but I’ve been flying higher than that for quite some time. I only tolerated resolutions smaller than 1600×1200 on laptops.

My desktop is finally alive with a perfect amount of pixels. You might remember a few weeks ago, I was debating LCD monitor choices. Most people informally “voted” for the latest Dell series (3007WFP-HC), which seemed like it would fit the bill (especially with the USB hub and integrated removable media bay).

Given that my readership was largely impressed with what Dell had to offer in terms of LCD screens, I approached them to see if they’d sponsor that part of my videos moving forward. Hey, if we’re going to be filming a high definition tech show in my home office, it’s gotta look the part – right? 🙂 They obliged, and that makes at least three relatively large sponsors for our produced media moving forward: AMD, GoDaddy, and Dell. I’d like to convert TechSmith and Microsoft to an ongoing series, too (but haven’t yet perfected the pitch).

Don't Question My Productivity - 2560x1600 x2

You have no idea what this looks like in real life. Ponzi says: “You have to sit in front of them for it to have total impact. You look like a 2yr old when you sit in front of those screens!” She’s right. These things are larger than life:

If you do the math, that’s 2560×1600 times two. Depending on how we set up the cameras, I may have to move the secondary screen to the left of my primary one (which I may end up doing, anyway – if only for better balance). I’ll have to update this post after Ponzi picks up the video camera to film my graphical giddiness. Thank you, Dell, for supporting our cause!

LCD Monitor Reviews and Opinions

I have two monitors plugged into my system right now – a 1600×1200 SyncMaster 213T, and a 1680×1050 Gateway. I like the Gateway as a secondary monitor, “largely” because of its various input options – and the integrated USB hub is a wonderful bonus. However, there are a few windows I’d much rather rearrange on my primary screen – and so I’m thinking about one of the following, and am largely interested in everybody’s experiences with them (if you have one):

  • Dell’s 3007WFP-HC
  • HP’s LP3065
  • Samsung’s SyncMaster 305T
  • Apple’s 30″ Cinema HD

2560×1600 plus the 1680×1050 sounds nice, but (then again) I might wind up doing two Gateway FPD2485W’s (2x 1920×1200 for 3840×1200^2) for cheaper, and wind up getting more desktop real estate. It boils down to price and options, I think. I could get the HP LP3065 for ~$1,600, the Dell 3007WFP-HC for $1,699, the Samsung 305T for $1,999, or Apple’s Cinema HD for $1,999. Or, again, two Gateway monitors for $680 apiece.

I sit in front of the computer screen for a living. There’s nothing wrong with what’s here now, mind you – but I could certainly go for more vertical and horizontal playspace. The second monitor is great for IM conversations, extra windows I need open but can’t pay attention to, etc. Decisions, decisions!