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An anti-glare screen is a screen which features a layer of coating that does not reflect light. Displays with anti-glare coating, whether it’s a smartphone, a monitor, or a laptop, can be used in the bright sunlight without any issues, as opposed to the glossy screens which are reflective.
Glare is the reflection of light from a source (such as the Sun) off of a window or a screen which can make it hard to see what is happening on the display.
With the help of a thin matte coating, these glare effects can be reduced. However, it can also make the picture on-screen appear more fuzzy and grainy.
Glossy Screen Vs Matte Coating
Generally, the choice between the two comes down to personal preference. A glossy screen without anti-glare protection will allow for more intense and lifelike colors, but it is also very reflective which makes the display unusable in direct sunlight.
A display with a matte anti-glare coating removes all the reflective distractions but can have negative effects on the image. Ideally, you want a display with a light matte coating which not only removes the glare but also preserves the picture quality.
If you mostly use your display at night and in dim lit rooms, you won’t benefit from the anti-glare coating and should, therefore, go for a glossy screen instead. But keep in mind that if you even turn on the lights in a dark room, the screen will reflect it which is annoying and bad for the eyes.
In the embedded player below, you can compare the difference between a glossy and a matte coated laptop displays.
Rob is a software engineer with a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Denver. He now works full-time on writing for DisplayNinja while coding his own projects on the side.