I've replaced my glossy laptop display with a matte one!

I'm definitely not a fan a fan of glossy displays. Unfortunately, glossy screens heavily dominate the market nowadays which is a pain in my ass because it's a not pleasant experience to work with them in bright sunlight. Always working in the dark room is something I was fed up with. I've always wanted a laptop with a matte screen but given the many requirements that I have for laptops that was pretty much impossible and I finally bought my Acer Aspire 8935G-874G100BN laptop about one and half year ago featuring a big ass 18.4 glossy screen.

A while ago I started taking getting a matte screen more seriously and visited the largest laptop shop in my city, Szeged. They let me know that a replacement screen would cost me a small fortune and they eventually concluded that it's not possible for me to get a matte screen. I don't blame those guys because doing such a replacement is a rare feat and not so obvious.

I wasn't about to give up and asked for advice. From this point on, there was no going back. After I disassembled my laptop and got to know that my screen is the N184H6-L02 Rev. C1 model, I was searching for suppliers of the matte version of this screen. Interestingly enough despite some suppliers indicate on the product page a glossy screen, they can provide you a matte version of the same model. Fortunately, Bliss Computers had a last matte model on their stock which I've ordered from them and it arrived to me about one week later.

The replacement procedure is pretty obvious, except one thing. There's a glossy sheet that is part of the case in front of the actual glossy screen. That sheet has to leave forever if you wanna have a matte experience. Removing the sheet involves removing the glue that holds it there and without the sheet the assembled laptop will have a somewhat half-finished, DIY look but nothing too obtrusive.

Enough of words, let the images speak for themselves.

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As a final word you may ask whether it was worth paying $115 + $45 shipping for the alternative screen. My answer is that IT WAS A F*CKING BARGAIN! My user experience is so much better this way that I can hardly describe it using words! Some folks say that glossy screens provide sharper contrast but I'm not so sure at all. All I know is that reflection has gone, the image quality is stellar and that my glossy screen is officially for sale.

8 Comments

  1. Oblom says:

    2012-9-12, Wednesday at 15:07

    Hey there! I complete agree with you about matte and glossy: I've just unfortunately broken my laptop's screen, I'm thinking to replace it with a matte one. I don't know if I understood well: did you remove the glossy sheet and installed the new matte monitor, that is now without anything that covers it? thanks

  2. says:

    2012-9-12, Wednesday at 15:13

    Oblom: Yes, you understood it perfectly. Now there's nothing to cover and protect my display itself. If I were using the protective glossy sheet the overall result would be glossy despite having a matte display.

  3. Oblom says:

    2012-9-12, Wednesday at 15:21

    Thanks! About the new assembly, any particular issue to carry the laptop in the case(having an unprotected LCD screen scares me a bit)??? or problems related to dust, cleanness?...

  4. Rick Mac says:

    2012-12-4, Tuesday at 18:02

    I just cracked my glossy laptop screen and would love to replace it with a matte one. Did you run into any compatibility issues?

    Thanks,

    Rick

  5. says:

    2012-12-4, Tuesday at 19:49

    Rick: I haven't experienced any compatibility issues. You've just gotta make sure that the model number is correct and you'll be fine.

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