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Sep 21, 2011

Matte Anti-Glare Laptops Week of 9/19/11

This is the first in a new series on laptops with a matte finish. If you are like me and spend most of your day in front of a computer, you know how nice it is to have a matte finish. Briefly, a matte finish display reduces glare from other light sources, especially natural light. When turned off, an anti-glare matte display looks dark with little or no reflection. Contrast that with today's ultra bright displays that when turned off look like a mirror. This super reflectivity can lead to eye strain and headaches in some people. However, the new bright displays do look good in showrooms and thusly are very popular with many retailer today.

So to help those of us who still want laptops and netbooks with anti-glare displays I plan to produce a list of what's available every few weeks.Currently I derive no benefit from the links since I live in Colorado and our legislature has pretty much wiped out any associate revenue thanks to their silly Amazon tax. However, if the situation changes I will note it in the post.

Lenovo
Lenovo has a sale this week on four ThinkPad models. The E520 and T420 both come with anti-glare matte displays. I think the X220 is anti-glare as well, but I have not seen one to confirm this. Price is generally based on weight and performance.

T420 - 14 inch displays. Offer 1600x900 resolution as an option. Under 5lbs
E520 - 15 inch display. One of the best prices your will find on a 5lb laptop


Apple
As always, Apple provides the best laptops on the market. All systems come with Mac OS X but thanks to Bootcamp, can run Windows just fine.

15 inch Macbook Pro - 15 inch display at 1440x900 resolution. Weighs in at 5 lbs. A beautiful machine that is build to last.

New version of the list.
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