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Poll Results: What kind of screen coating do you prefer on a gaming monitor?

 
  • 33% (19)
    Full gloss
  • 28% (16)
    Semi-glossy AG
  • 22% (13)
    Light AG (like today's high refresh rate IPS monitors)
  • 10% (6)
    Moderate AG (suggests you have natural light shining on the monitor)
  • 5% (3)
    Heavy/thick AG (why?)
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post #1 of 65
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Let's build this poll up and send it to companies like Acer and ASUS and BenQ and Dell over social media.

I'm anticipating buying a monitor using the 35" AUO panel mentioned here, and I'm really hoping it doesn't use a more moderate AG coating like the Acer Predator Z35. Heck I wager anyone buying a VA panel understands the benefits of glossier coatings and prefers them.

The thicker the coating, the worse the image quality. Perceived contrast and vibrance goes down, the image looks dull. Full gloss on the other hand reflects a ton and can't really be used with lights anywhere around the monitor, but should be fine in a completely dark room with only bias lighting. Semi-glossy like many modern TVs and the Eizo Foris FG2421 is the best compromise for most PC gamers I'd think.

This is what a matte coating looks like. These pictures (not mine, from this thread) will help you understand how badly they ruin picture quality. Look at the blurriness! Who'd want that over their screen? Unless your screen is outdoors of course.
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Originally Posted by cre3d 
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Sample pictures of semi glossy below (not mine). Reflections are hazy unlike full gloss which is like a mirror. Semi-glossy retains AG properties but you do have to be mindful about lighting, as these pictures show. But you can still have some lighting in the vicinity and not have reflections. These pics came from a tech show where the Eizo Foris FG2421 was being announced and demoed by the way, hence the lighting.
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Useful article: https://pcmonitors.info/articles/matte-vs-glossy-monitors/
Edited by boredgunner - 2/4/16 at 8:30pm
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post #2 of 65
For gaming, I want no distractions, so I want that no-glare/no-reflection 'matte' type of look. Image quality is a 2nd priority to me when gaming because the action is usually so fast-paced that it doesn't matter. I need to be able to see and I need to be able to concentrate on what I'm doing. I don't need to be gaming with my monitor reflecting everything like a mirror.

I also need the monitor to be very bright and very fast.

I don't use a computer in total darkness because it's bad for eye health.
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post #3 of 65
I would say semi glossy or glossy, semi glossy is good because not as reflective, but then glossy has a dual purpose 1) it does not degrade image quality (makes it better except reflections) 2) it protects the screen, you could throw food all over it and it would just wipe off. The negative is when it is too glossy and too many reflections. Matte or anything more than "light AG" is just horrible.
post #4 of 65
Quote:
Originally Posted by boredgunner View Post

Let's build this poll up and send it to companies like Acer and ASUS and BenQ and Dell over social media.

I'm anticipating buying a monitor using the 35" AUO panel mentioned here, and I'm really hoping it doesn't use a more moderate AG coating like the Acer Predator Z35. Heck I wager anyone buying a VA panel understands the benefits of glossier coatings and prefers them.

The thicker the coating, the worse the image quality. Perceived contrast and vibrance goes down, the image looks dull. Full gloss on the other hand reflects a ton and can't really be used with lights anywhere around the monitor, but should be fine in a completely dark room with only bias lighting. Semi-glossy like many modern TVs and the Eizo Foris FG2421 is the best compromise for most PC gamers I'd think.

It will 99% likely use exactly the same coating and be the same panel.
post #5 of 65
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It will 99% likely use exactly the same coating and be the same panel.

You mean the same coating as the Z35? The thread I linked to is just for the panels, I'm anticipating a monitor using one of those panels but nothing is known about the coating yet.
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post #6 of 65
I like the coating used on the 34" LG ultrawides. I'm not sure if it is considered semi glossy (almost looks like it to me) but it is lighter than the coating used on the 27" AUO panels.
post #7 of 65
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You mean the same coating as the Z35? The thread I linked to is just for the panels, I'm anticipating a monitor using one of those panels but nothing is known about the coating yet.

Not sure because I have not looked at those monitors, but if it is another monitor using 35" 2560x1080 AMVA, then it is likely to be the same coating as the Z35.
post #8 of 65
I agree the coating on the 34" LG panels is the best non glossy coating, the 27" AUO coating is not terrible but not as good as LG.
post #9 of 65
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Not sure because I have not looked at those monitors, but if it is another monitor using 35" 2560x1080 AMVA, then it is likely to be the same coating as the Z35.

Oh no, it's a brand new panel recently announced. 35" 3440 x 1440 AMVA or AMVA+, and 144 Hz. I really wonder why they went with a thicker coating on their 35" 2560 x 1080 AMVA panels compared to their AHVA. You'd think most people buying a VA monitor care more about image quality and thus want a thinner/glossier coating.
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post #10 of 65
The coating on the newer HP monitors like the HP 25XW, absolutely perfect coating, so close to being crystal clear like full gloss, but also doing a good job in reducing reflections a bit, my vote goes to semi gloss.
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