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Concerns about CG-director aricle about monitors


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Sep 10, 2020
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Hello, I. for some reason, looked at this article about monitor https://www.cgdirector.com/best-monitor-graphic-design-video-editing-3d/

and I should say it has serious fault, to my mind.
There is an advice about skipping glossy monitors, because of their glossy reflections, also telling that proff.monitors are not glossy.
This is abslolutely wrong advice, because all the monitors are glossy by their nature - thay just has glass facing on you. Matting is done but putting a rather thick film above, and this thing cannot make your screen better. It adds crystal effect, which is really annoying. It can add some glare also. Concerning the reflections - glossy reflections are not that problematic - it just like looking through a window glass. Your mind easily filters these reflections and you just don't care about it very soon. You can place your screen so that it won't catch many reflections.
Matte film catches all the lighting from outside (from any side of 180grad hemisphere) and you see these blurry reflections no matter how you turn your screen. This just cause lowering usable Dynamic range (contrast) of your screen.
Because of this really common mistake (prefering matte screen) dysplay manufactures produces them mostly to satisfy people. Thanks to Apple - they knows better, and no matte film in front of their screen.
Also, you can find tutorials on youtube how to remove this matte film to make the screen much better.

O.K. if any still prefer matte, but at least people must know what they loose with matte screen.

Alex Glawion

CG Hardware Specialist @ CGDirector
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Jun 12, 2020
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You are right, having non-matte screens is better for the contrast and color. The thing is though, while this is true, you would need either a completely dark working environment or try to reduce reflecting objects behind you as much as possible.

Because we all like working in lit rooms with windows and stuff reflecting off of objects behind our backs, a matte monitor - in my experience - is the better fit for the workplace.