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Monitors: Matte vs Glossy - an unheard spec?

by Dsurian / September 26, 2013 6:47 AM PDT

So, I was recently embellished by the knowledge that matte/glossy screens are a much more significant discussion topic than I originally thought. I knew that there was some significant development on the subject of laptops, along with the spree of HD TVs over the last 10 years, but the thought had surprisingly never occurred to me that the same discussion should revolve around computer monitors.

The thing is, there is little to no information about this concerning individual monitors. The spec-sheets on online stores make no mention of it (aside from very few on TigerDirect.com boasting an 'Anti-Glare' feature - seemingly a largely incomplete list, themselves faulting the manufacturer via chat). This is also true, for the most part, on most of the manufacturer's own websites, citing spec-sheets that have no mention of 'glossy' or 'matte' screens. Even reviews of the products, especially on cnet.com, rarely make mention of screen type, nor do they make any attempt at categorizing the products concerning this apparently very significant distinction. Cnet's own Monitors buying guide (very informative, in a basic sense) makes mention of it...yet the subject drops at that point.

So, my question(s):
- Why is it unheard of when consulting the actual markets?
- How can one find out, especially if the manufacturer itself seems uninformed?
- Why isn't this standardized public knowledge (along with ms, dcr, panel type, etc.)?

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Rather than rely on the sellers for the specs
by Steven Haninger / September 26, 2013 7:00 AM PDT

have you gone to the manufacturer's web site for them? I'd rely on them for the product specs and reviews for personal opinions as to performance and usability.

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Well, that's a deep thought.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / September 26, 2013 3:56 PM PDT

Let me give you my thought on this. Matte or glossy is a personal choice. It usually does not affect the test results and if I needed to know I can head to the maker's site for more detail.

-> However I've learned I never buy a monitor sight unseen unless I can return it with no hassle such as Amazon Prime.

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