Glossy and Matte Screen Finish – Are they Interchangeable?

Glossy and matte screens are almost the same. The greatest thing about having either of them is that they are interchangeable. This means that if you are replacing a laptop screen and the original screen has a glossy finish, then you have an option to order for the same type of screen with glossy finish or you can decide to interchange it with a matte screen. Depending on your preference, it is up to you which one to pick.

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How does glossy screen finish differ with matte screen finish?

Laptop screens with matte and glossy screens don’t differ that much. He difference only lies on the surface finish of the type of the screen. For this reason, they are exclusively interchangeable.

Laptop screens have conventionally had a matte, which is an anti-glare finish that is meant to scatter the reflected light. However, this characteristic has some side effects. Or instance, when the light is scattered from the display, the light is scattered from the display and resulting in increased blur. Other main side effects is that the scattered light often results in the reduction of the viewing angle, reduction of color intensity, and reduction of the contrast ratio.

Glossy screens basically use optical coating that reduces the amount of the reflected light. Compared to matter displays, the shiny surfaces of glossy screens usually reflect more light. But the good thing about glossy screens is that they are less reflective as compared to the uncoated glossy displays. Since glossy screens have optical coating, they do not diffuse the reflections of the external light sources. Therefore, some lighting conditions usually favor an old-fashioned, anti-glare screen. In darkened rooms and in a room where all lights have been diffused, or in any controlled environments, a glossy display is usually more enjoyable for the viewers.

Glossy displays typically generate increasingly saturated colors, brighter whites, deeper blacks, and sharper images. For these reasons, these displays are usually more suitable for general public use that commonly uses laptop computers for viewing photos, browsing the web, and watching movies.

In outdoors, or in extremely bright conditions, and where there is no direct light facing the laptop screen, the glossy displays is often more readable as compared to matte displays. This is because they don’t disperse or scatter the light around the screen.


Depending on your personal preferences, the conditions in which you usually use your laptop, you can decide which display is good for you between glossy and matte. is professional Computer Screen Display trading and repaire wholesale provider, mainly focused on the screens for Dell,HP,Lenovo,Apple,ASUS,Acer and Microsoft.