I have to add my voice to Jason D. O’Grady from ZDNet’s “The Apple Core” about the new MacBook & MacBook Pro. Jason complains:
The thing that bums me out the most about yesterday’s MacBook announcements is Apple’s move to all-glossy displays. I’ll make no bones about it – I loathe glossy displays – especially on a notebook computer.
Apple will spin it that blacks look darker and colors are more saturated, blah, blah, blah. It’s a load of garbage. How are we expected to read the screen when the glare is practically blinding? (Don’t even get me started on fingerprints).
I remember when I was talking with my boss about the order for my new MacBook Pro. When he asked about my screen, I repeated several times “not-glossy, never, ever glossy.” We triple checked the order at the end that I had the matted screen. I’m glad that I got my MacBook Pro when I did, because I cannot stand a glossy finish. The only purpose for a glossy finish is shine.
Why shine? Because it looks cool from the outside-in. The demos looks really nice. I love the new approach they’re taking. My only beef is the lack of option. Offer glossy and matte. I’m all about choice. But this decision to only offer glossy is a blatant example of “Apple knows best” and their priority is style, not functionality. Those laptops look “sexy”, but blinding.
I haven’t had a chance to handle one myself, but when I get my hands on one I’ll let you know. If you want to see a video about the new MacBook Pro, check out this video.