15-inch MacBook Pro gets anti-glare option


— 3:37 PM on August 11, 2009

Love Apple laptops but hate glossy displays? Good news, then: you don't have to cough up $2,549 for that 17" MacBook Pro with the non-glossy display. CNet News reports that Apple has added a non-glossy option to its more affordable 15" MacBook Pro.

The smaller system starts at $1,699 with a 2.53GHz Core 2 Duo, 4GB of RAM, GeForce 9400M integrated graphics, a 250GB hard drive, and a seven-hour battery (or so Apple claims). Here, too, you'll need to shell out an extra $50 for the "antiglare" option. Oh, and regardless of the finish, the 15" MacBook Pro has an LED-backlit display panel with a 1440x900 resolution.

If you're hoping to get a 13" MacBook or MacBook Pro without a shiny display, well... keep hoping. Those two machines are still glossy-only.

Apple claims the glossy display delivers "richer colors and deeper blacks," but it neglects to mention that the mirror finish can be distracting in brightly lit environments, or if you're sitting with your back to a window. Of course, some folks don't mind that tradeoff and may (rightfully) point out that matte displays are vulnerable to glare, too.

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