which is better: regular screen or antiglare screen on mac book pro

I am purchasing my first Mac after years as a PC user
I am a freelance writer (magazine articles, short stories and novels)
I have aging eyes and poor eyesight to begin with.
I take my laptop with me to meet with clients and to keep up with my writing when I'm on the road, vacation, etc.

Is there any benefit to the antiglare? both for the eyes and for working with graphics, viewing multiple text heavy documents?

2 Answers from the Community

  • Best Answer:

    Hi! Congratulations on your first purchase. I am sorry to hear about your eyesight. If you are willing to pay the extra, the anti-glare is best for you. The Hi-res or regular glossy screen is really great for gaming and using indoors where as the anti-glare is great for working and using outdoors. If you are planning on using your macbook pro outside where the sun can reflect on it, then the glossy (regular) screen will be problem due to its brightness. What’s great about the glossy screen is the rich color in graphics that it produces. The problem I have with it is due to its glossy feel, the screen reflects and I can see myself and everything behind me (it can be distracting).
    I am sure that when you give an important presentation to your clients you don’t want them to be distracted by their reflection in the screen.
    The anti-glare would be your best buy. I hope I helped.

    • Answered by Chakiyah B
    • Dec 24, 2010
  • Purchasing my first MAC in 2008, I got the MacBook Pro 17In antiglare screen. I am a professional photographer. In 2010, and upon going to the Apple store to purchase the 27" iMac because my original MACBook Pro was limited during those years to 4 GB internal memory, and I had filled it up and made it crawl, I was looking for a Ferrari. When an Apple agent showed me my own photos side by side on the same type computer (comparing 17" to 17" MacBook Pros, my own anti glare, and the second one not, I was blown away by the difference. My photography literally sprang off the screen at me. Vivid colors beyond imagination and just like my camera LCD screen originally showed them to be. It was an estatic change for my business. However if you are only writing, then non glare will be easy on your eyes. I do not have a problem with the glare, even though I must look through bifocals constantly. I too travel a lot. But I would rather get true to capture images than a glazed look to my work. I could never get the print to look like the non glare screen when i finally tinkered with the colors for hours on end to mimic what the camera showed me. Wasted a lot of expensive papers. Why not get both :-}

    • Answered by Arleen P from Goliad
    • Feb 7, 2011