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I've got a laptop with a glossy screen, and have considered several so-called 'anti-glare' filters, since this glossy thing really gives me a headache. The one I tried might have protected the screen from scratches, (and I don't let a cat anywhere near my laptop anyway) but did little to reduce the glare.

I am aware of the near duplicate http://superuser.com/questions/29935/anti-glare-filter-for-glossy-laptop-screen , but my question is whether there are any such filters, not regarding specific models.

Clarification: My only standard of effectiveness is that I see only the image on the screen, and not my own reflection, or the neon lamp.

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There are such filters - whether it is effective or not depends on YOUR standard of effectiveness.

Suffice to say, 99.9% of people find certain anti-glare filters effective (not naming brands or models!)

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In that case there are NO effective screens. The best matte screen or anti-glare screen will still reflect, even if it is just a slight bit. I assume you are looking for 100% reflection erasure. –  caliban Sep 2 '09 at 14:37
@scoopdreams: No, for that matter, my desktop PC has a matte screen, which produces no reflections even when the lighting is not that much even. I know matte displays have their own problems though. –  EFraim Sep 2 '09 at 14:38
Okay... no reflections. In that case I'd say the answer is "no, there are no such products on the market." –  caliban Sep 2 '09 at 15:29
A negative answer is still an answer. Sigh –  EFraim Oct 5 '09 at 8:33

Any anti-glare or anti-reflective screen will reduce the brightness and maybe the viewing angle of the display.

To answer another posting, yes there are some manufacturers that have stuck with or returned to matte finish LCD displays - some HP (ProBook), IBM/Lenovo, Toshiba and Dell models.

Someone else mentioned the there are disadvantages of matte screens. The only disadvantages are suggested by manufacturers' marketing people that images are not as sharp and colours are not as bright compared with a glossy screen. Would someone please explain the physics behind such a claim?

And finally - no manufacturer of HD television screens has made one in a glossy finish in an attempt to improve its colour and contrast over its competitors perhaps because it is simply untrue!


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Try this it actually has helped my eyes a whole lot, since I spend a lot of time on the PC.

Tested on Linux and Windows and it's amazing, and free, even if it might not work for you particular scenerio, I would still give it a try.

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+1; Sounds interesting. Not exactly what I meant, but still... –  EFraim Sep 4 '09 at 7:59

There once was a time laptops had anti-reflective screens. For one reason or the other, you can now only buy glossy ones. Very sad...

Update @Dynamic I: regrettably, I am serious. My laptop is perfectly anti-glare. When I bought it in 2007, it was the last of it's kind. Then, the industry made the transition to glossy displays en masse (the term CrystalBrite springs to mind). They told us the colors were much better. And so, we poor users have no choice than to buy displays resembling mirrors.

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MOOOOO HAAAA HAAAA –  The Green Frog Sep 2 '09 at 14:38
For a laptop I'd choose matte every time because the lighting conditions of the places where it is used are unpredictable. However, for a desktop in good lighting conditions I have come to the conclusion that I prefer glossy. –  Nicholaz Feb 17 '10 at 9:39

3M Privacy Screens work for this as well 3M Canada

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Unfortunately they're quite pricey.. –  landroni Feb 22 at 16:13

"that I see only the image on the screen, and not my own reflection, or the neon lamp"

Given your standard of effectiveness, then yes, there are effective anti-glare screens.

Solutions like the 3M Privacy Screens are, as far as I go, grossly over-priced. You may want to trial more generic solutions on Ebay. Just search on Ebay for Anti-Glare laptop screen Protector to find vendors such as this or that one. They have a wide range of different screen size and aspect ratio combinations, and you should take both factors into account before buying a filter. They're also cheapish, in the 10-15$ range.

I recently got myself a matte filter for my 12.1" laptop (16:9 aspect ratio) from the first vendor. It's not as matte as I would have liked it to be, but it's definitely an improvement! (It's only slightly less matte than my matte-panel desktop monitor.) Before I was always staring into the reflection of myself all day long; now this reflection is much attenuated, to the point where you can easily forget about it. Well worth the money!

Just make sure to properly clean the monitor before applying the filter (literally remove all dust particles), so as not to get such a botched result: enter image description here

Other than the air pockets on the top half of the monitor (did I mention the need to remove all dust particles?), notice how the screen with the filter is noticeably less reflective than the surrounding glossy area. Before I applied the filter, the screen itself was more reflective than the surrounding area.

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