Why Do You Need Anti-reflective Screen

An anti-glare screen, also known as a mirror-smooth screen or anti-reflection film, is a type of plastic sheet that minimizes reflections by having a layer of coating on top. Its effectiveness is dependent on the amount of haze in the air and the surface of the screen.

The haze value and the screen surface (matte or glossy) will determine how effective the anti-glare coating is.

Glare is the reflection of light from a source (such as the Sun) off of a window or screen, making it difficult to see what’s on the display.

Glare effects can be reduced with the use of an anti-glare coating.

However, depending on the haze value of the coating and the type of screen surface, they can also make the image appear hazy and grainy.

Glossy vs Matte Screen Surface Comparison

Two sorts of screen surfaces exist matte (textured) and glossy (smooth).

Displays with a matte screen finish and anti-glare coating disperse light rather than reflect it. The image may appear grainy or hazy, owing to this, but it is nevertheless very effective at preventing glimmers.

There are several anti-glare treatments with varying degrees of haze. The higher the haze value, the better reflection control it offers, but it also adds more graininess.

You should search for displays with light or medium matte anti-glare coatings to minimize reflections without significantly affecting the picture quality (25% haze).

A glossy or smooth screen finish is highly reflective, but it has a more vivid picture quality because there is no added graininess. So, if you want a monitor with a glossy screen surface, keep in mind that the lighting in your area will affect the image quality.

Glossy displays also include low-haze (1-4%) anti-glare or anti-reflective treatments, which may aid with reflections without as much negative effect as matte coatings do, but they’re still quite reflective and practically unusable in brightly lit rooms (next to a window without curtains/blinds) or outside.

You may also come across screens that are described as “semi-glossy,” but these have a matte finish with a low 15% somewhat smoother haze surface.

How To Choose An Appropriate Screen For You

Unfortunately, monitor manufacturers aren’t forthcoming about the type of screen surface or coating utilized.

It’s difficult to properly distinguish between many coatings since it may be subjective; what appears too bright or gritty to one person might be little to another.

However, if a monitor has a glossy screen or an anti-glare or anti-reflective coating, it will generally be obvious. These kinds of displays are, however, somewhat uncommon even though they exist.

When it comes to matte screens, you’ll probably have trouble discovering what sort of matte anti-glare finish it has or any other information regarding its hazy value or surface smoothness/texture.

If you’re like most people, you spend hours each day looking at a screen. Whether it’s your computer at work, your phone or tablet when you’re relaxing, or the TV in the evening, screens are a big part of our lives. And while we often think about protecting our eyes from the sun with sunglasses or hats, we do often think about the harmful effects of screens. So you’d want to protect your eyes with an anti-reflective screen, right?


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