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Glossy vs Matte and 16:9 vs 16:10 computer monitors

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HP w2216h, 16:10 Glossy Monitor

These days, wanting to buy a glossy computer monitor it’s as if you’re searching for a needle in a haystack.

While all computer hardware parts have evolved more or less in recent years, computer monitors haven’t shown any signs of technical progression for at least 5 years. It’s not because the tech isn’t there, because it is and we’ll prove it in our next article, but its because these peripherals no longer present any real interest for their producers, for some strange reason.

It should be basic knowledge to everyone that a glossy display produces more vibrant and natural colors than a matte displays, which result in an overall higher image quality. The only disadvantage of this, is that a glossy screen reflects light and it can become difficult to work with such screens if they come in contact with direct sunlight. Others going as far as mentioning light bulbs for being as pesky as sunlight for these glossy computer monitors, but our question is, how many of them have really tested a glossy monitor since they are no where to be found and how many simply parrot the already existing dogma?

The matte screen produces uglier and blurrier colors almost as if holding a transparent sheet of paper on your screen. The only advantage that these screens have is that they don’t reflect lights. Production technology is basically the same for a glossy and matte screens, the only thing different is the final coating.

Most outdoor gadgets have glossy screens, smartphones, tablets, even laptops! You will use these 3 gadgets outdoors in direct sunlight 1 billion times more often than you will ever use your computer monitor outdoors. So why in the world would desktop monitors be matte??? It’s not like you’re gonna go to a picnic or somewhere in a park with your computer, keyboard, mouse and monitor and OMG that pesky sunlight is bothering you…

Having your computer or ANY electronics for that matter close to a window and in daily contact with direct sunlight is NOT recommended, regardless of if you have a matte or a glossy screen. This parrot argument that everybody seems to adhere by, that glossy monitors aren’t produced because they reflect sunlight is really dumb. Monitor manufactures are really dumb.

Like smartphones, tablets and laptops, the vast majority (maybe actually ALL, not just the majority) of LCD and LED TVs these days are also glossy. Just like a desktop monitor, there are slim chances you will ever use your TV outdoors. It’s also strongly recommended to keep it away from daily direct sunlight. Not because it will produce glares, but because sunlight will fade its colors away and even electronically damage it.

If light reflection is the sole reason, then where’s our smartphones with matte screens?

So what’s with this rant? Well, we had the occasion to test an older HP w2216h desktop glossy monitor in our office and even though it was a model produced in January 2008, we were stunned by its image quality. We couldn’t believe our eyes! It was like the best monitor we’ve ever seen.

This monitor, not only is glossy but it also has a different aspect ratio than your ordinary monitor. It’s a 16:10 aspect ratio and it looks and feels much more natural and better suited for mixed use, ranging from gaming, to movies and most useful for office use. Once you get to test a 16:10 monitor you would never want to go back to your 16:9. The one and only useful purpose for the 16:9 monitor used to be for “better movie experiences” as if that’s the only purpose for a computer, to watch movies… These days even the 16:9 aspect ratio is outdated as Hollywood is now pushing for the 21:9 aspect ratio, releasing movies at 1920×800 instead of 1920×1080 as it should have and with computer monitor and TV manufactures, like LG and Philips already rushing to produce this new “wonderful” aspect ratio. But when is wide simply too wide? Now that we’ve discovered the 16:10, we believe 16:9 is unfit for desktop use and simply too wide. 21:9 shouldn’t even exist for a TV let alone for a damn computer monitor…

The good old 5:4 and 4:3 aspect ratio is still the best choice for an office computer where you do a lot of Microsoft Office work, such as Word or Excel for example, where you need height more than you need width. Height helps you see more of your page without constantly scrolling through your documents. 16:10 is basically just as good as a 4:3 monitor, in fact it is a perfect combination of office work, gaming and even movies. 16:10 has an average 1920×1200 resolution when it’s over 24 inches and its resolution is similar to the 16:9 which is 1920×1080, but with a slightly bigger height (1200 instead of 1080). Screen resolution is tightly locked to screen size when it comes to computer monitors even though its unfair because how can a tiny 5 inch Samsung Galaxy S4 have a 1920×1080 resolution? Anyway, when 16:10 monitors are blow 24 inches you will get a 1680×1050 resolution which is still decent.

16:10 is the best choice for a desktop monitor, not too wide and meant for movies only and not as square as 4:3 monitors and meant for office work either. It’s just a perfect combination between square monitors and widescreen monitors.

The 16:9 aspect ratio is ideal for TVs and for watching movies but the 21:9 aspect ratio, being pushed by Hollywood as a new standard these days is just plain retarded. What’s next? A straight thin line as a TV or a monitor? A 70:9 aspect ratio?

16:10 monitors aren’t really rare, you can find them in most online stores, but with matte coatings. However just like mentioned before, looking for a glossy display is like looking for a needle in a haystack, so we have compiled a list with a couple of 16:10 glossy monitors: Acer P224W, HP w2216h, HP w2228h, Horizon 2408SW, Packard Bell Maestro 220HD, AOC 2230Fm, Packard Bell 220WDV, AOC 2219Vg, Gateway HD2200, Asus PG221, HannsG HG281D. Most of them are older models but you can try to buy them from places such as eBay.com if you are interested.

+Glossy monitors produce better colors, resulting in an overall image quality
+Light reflection is nowhere near as bad as some say
+16:10 is simply the best combination for multimedia use and office use

-Matte monitors will never have crystal clear colors
-Yes unfortunately there are gonna be some small reflections here and there but unless you’re planning to work on your desktop computer outdoors, you should totally ignore this issue
-16:9 is somewhat useful for movies but considering you can do so much more on a computer than just watch movies, the 16:9 aspect ratio definitely gets a big minus! It’s inferior to 16:10 in gaming and office work and even movies, either matte or glossy

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