6 Replies Latest reply: Apr 22, 2010 3:55 AM by Network 23
Philip Fass1 Level 2 Level 2 (185 points)
Are all of the new MBP screens made of glass?

If so, what is it about the matte HD screen that requires a silver bezel vs the glossy HD/black bezel?
  • 1. Re: 2 questions about screen options
    sapphir8 Level 2 Level 2 (160 points)
    Glossy screen has the black glass bezel while the silver bezel takes that glass away. That's the only difference.
  • 2. Re: 2 questions about screen options
    eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    None of the screens is made of glass. The LCD screen is plastic in both cases. In the case of the glossy model, the screen and the space around it are covered with a pane of glass, and outside the edges of the LCD panel, the back side of the glass is painted black to hide what would otherwise be exposed electronics and unfinished aluminum. The antiglare display model has no glass in front of the LCD, and the silver bezel performs the function of hiding that stuff. There's no requirement that the bezel be silver; it could just as well be any other color, leopardskin, tortoiseshell, paisley, or gold-plated. Apple just chose to keep it simple.
  • 3. Re: 2 questions about screen options
    Philip Fass1 Level 2 Level 2 (185 points)
    So are you saying it's the same HD display for both 15 models, but one looks glossy because of the glass in front of it?
  • 4. Re: 2 questions about screen options
    eww Level 9 Level 9 (52,975 points)
    I don't know whether or not the same LCD panel is used in both, but yes, it's the glass in front of it that makes the glossy display glossy.
  • 5. Re: 2 questions about screen options
    andintroducing Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)
    Watch out. The anti-glare screens now seem to only come in high resolution, which sounds great in many ways but which I've found to be quite unreadable at times. The print is SO tiny as to be very difficult in many cases to read. Preference panes, save screens, default website sizes (you have to bump up every tab if you want to read print of any normal size). And I usually write very small and can read written words other people have trouble reading.

    I'd say steer away or see if they can give you the more normal 1440x900 in an anti-glare. I didn't know and ordered over the phone so they just sent it to me with the tiny-screen print resolution but I don't know if you can special order a regular display anymore with anti-glare on it.
  • 6. Re: 2 questions about screen options
    Network 23 Level 6 Level 6 (11,695 points)
    According to an article at robgalbraith.com, the LCD panel in all current MacBook Pros is the same, regardless of screen size or matte/glossy surface treatment. The Apple profile is the same.