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    Using a glossy-screened laptop outdoors?!

    Evening all,

    My newer laptop beats the older one on performance et al but one thing the drives me nuts about it is the fact it has a glossy screen as opposed to a nice matt screen like the older one. I can sit in my garden on a sunny day with the older laptop and the sun's rays won't affect me one bit. This new one however, christ, using it outside is just out of the question!

    Are there any kind of solutions to this? I've noticed almost all new laptops have these glossy screens which seem like a big step back to me. I hear some have reflective tech built in to counter the outdoors, but mine and the laptop's of everyone I know certainly doesn't.

    Sitting outside in the summer doing work on the laptop is brilliant but it seems I'm gonna have to go back to my laptop if I want to do this!

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    Would wearing sunglasses help?
    If not then I guess you'd just have to position yourself so that you get no glare or sit in the shade?

    Is it a 17" laptop?

    Glossy coatings for screens supposedly improve the vibrancy of the image but as you've discovered they can make it useless in direct sunlight. Anti-glare is the matt coating.

    You might be able to get an anti-glare filter like CRT's used to have or some sort of anti-glare film you could stick on the screen.

    I don't know what the split is for laptops but for desktop screens most do seem to be anti-glare instead of glossy.

    Make sure you have the brightness turned right up, I find it's the brightness of the laptop screen that's more important rather than whether it's glossy or matt - my best laptop for use in the sun (including both matt and glossy screen models) has a glossy screen however it has an incredibly bright LED backlit screen.

    John

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    EndlessWaves;2159669

    Is it a 17" laptop?Glossy coatings for screens supposedly improve the … Is it a 17" laptop?Glossy coatings for screens supposedly improve the vibrancy of the image but as you've discovered they can make it useless in direct sunlight. Anti-glare is the matt coating.You might be able to get an anti-glare filter like CRT's used to have or some sort of anti-glare film you could stick on the screen.I don't know what the split is for laptops but for desktop screens most do seem to be anti-glare instead of glossy.



    It's a 12.1". I'll have a Google around to see if I can find anything.

    @John, yeah brightness is always at 100% unless on battery power. The display just gets killed in direct sunlight, it makes viewing virutally impossible!

    I was going to sell on my old laptop but honestly I think I'm gonna need it this summer.

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    Robotochan;2160050

    what about something like this? … what about something like this? http://www.officegiant.co.uk/products.asp?ProductID=151135



    Nice one :thumbsup:

    This looks like a solution. Anyone used something like this before?
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