It's not glossy and it's not as full a matte as I've seen. However it's just fine for me and my eyes. It's just a silly old HP dv6000 series. My older Compaq R3000 is neither glossy nor a full matte I've seen out there.

My rather new Netbook (Acer Aspire One) is almost a full gloss and is very easy for me to use.

For this area, shop and see what you like.
Bob