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What Is An Anti-Glare Screen?

By November 4, 2016 One Comment

Anti glare vs glossy

Short Answer

An anti-glare screen is a screen that does not reflect the light. An anti-glare screen can easily be used outside when the sun is shining, as opposed to a glossy screen.

Glare means the reflection of light from a source (such as the sun) off a window or a screen. This makes it difficult to see what is happening on the screen. With the help of a thin coating, a so-called Anti-Glare screen coating, these glare effects can be reduced. Originally, LCD displays had a non-glare (anti-glare) matte finish, which meant that they did not reflect light. Later on, LCD displays used another screen finish called a glossy finish, which enhanced the colors but in turn made the display reflective.

So for color, a glossy display will look better than a display with an anti-glare screen. In very bright areas, such as outside when the sun is shining, the anti-glare screen will be better to use since you will have a difficult time seeing what’s going on in your glossy display.

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  • CoD511

    I could really go for more glossy screen options on the market, my old SA750 monitors looked so much more alive than this XB271HU 🙁 They did apparently have great TN panels too though.