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15-inch MacBook Pro gets matte LCD option

updated 07:05 am EDT, Tue August 11, 2009

15in MacBook Pro Matte LCD

Apple on Tuesday quietly addressed the concerns of some notebook buyers by adding a matte display option for the 15-inch MacBook Pro. Similar to the choice that launched with the 17-inch model (pictured), the feature replaces the glossy glass screen and bezel with a more conventional metal bezel and separate anti-glare panel. The option is available across all three 15-inch systems.

Again like the 17-inch computer, choosing the display adds $50 to the base price of a given system. Whether Apple will carry matte-finish 15-inch MacBook Pro units at retail is unknown, but selecting the option extends the shipping delay to between two and four business days at the online Apple Store.

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  1. dynsight

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: May 2005


    Much Better(er)

    I have the 17" with the matte display and it makes a world of difference. A coworker has the 15" with the glossy, and I found it distracting, particularly in fluorescent lights. However, most glossy users I have spoken to say they get used to it and are able to "focus past it"

    I still prefer my matte.

  1. snapper02

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2009



    Finally, I guess if enough people complain then Apple will listen.

  1. jpellino

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 1999


    c'mon, 13!!!

    Jeez - I sound like I'm at Foxwoods...

  1. Grrr

    Grizzled Veteran

    Joined: Jun 2001


    Oh no..

    Whatever will the complainers do!? They'll have to find something new to complain about instead now..

  1. JeffHarris

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Oct 1999



    Sanity reigns!

    NOW I can upgrade!

  1. testudo

    Forum Regular

    Joined: Aug 2001


    Re: Oh no

    Yes, all those whiners complaining about a lack of matte screen. Wait! You mean if it weren't for all of them, we'd not have the option? Well then, should we cheer them or mock them?

    But, to answer your question, now they can concentrate on complaining about Apple's stupidly removing the ExpressCard slot from the 15" laptop, yet still calling it a 'pro' machine.

  1. jwdsail

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: Jun 2000


    I feel.. dirty..

    I agree w/.... testudo... shivers

    Great that we have the matte option back, now if Apple fixes the lack of the ExpressCard slot ... I can understand the idea of adding a SD slot in the MacBook.. but adding it to the Pro, and removing the ExpressCard slot.... sigh. I think someone mis-read a memo or two...

    Seeing the return of the matte screen keeps hope alive for other issues to be fixed.

  1. Paul Huang

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: Sep 1999


    not a separate panel

    There is no 'separate panel'.

    There is a screen already, so here's now it goes:

    The 'anti-glare' option is nothing more than a bare matte screen with an aluminum bezel.

    There is not a separate panel involved. There is no glass to protect the actual panel. The structure is also weaker than the glass-enclosed design, but I will take that any day over the glass junk.

    Why is it weaker? Without the glass to act as a cap, which completes the 'unibody' design, the screen is like a paper cup without the plastic lid.

  1. Raman

    Mac Elite

    Joined: Mar 2001



    If you want the matte option there is a film that works great. One of the Apple stores I went to had these on all their cash register MacBrick Pro's and it looked great.

    Unfortunately, I'm one of those users who can just "look past" the glare or readjust if in sunlight. If I was doing it often then I'd get the film (which degrades the sharp picture a bit).

    I'm holding on to my Rev A 15" MacBrick Pro because of the ExpressCard slot. I can't believe they got rid of it. I could understand for the consumer-level MB's but not anything with "Pro" attached to the name.

  1. zaghahzag

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: Aug 2006


    it doesn't make sense

    What apple has done w/ their hardware. They need to put out a roadmap and stick to it for awhile in terms of add-ons for laptops.

    Why add the expresscard for just a few years? Why SD? Why ditch firewire for awhile? WTF? How about a doc that says "we'll keep firewire, fw800, USB etc until 2012."

    It would stop all this f****** craziness.

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