One complaint I hear over and over from netbook users is that too many PC makers are adopting high gloss displays in lieu of matte screens. At first glance, these shiny, glossy displays can be quite attractive and offer vibrant color. But that’s when you use them indoors under exactly the right viewing angle. But if you take a netbook with a glossy screen outside or use it a room with a bright light you could run the risk of turning it into a mirror.
Now it turns out there might be another reason to choose computers with matte displays over glossy ones. Glossy screens could lead to back pain. No, seriously. That’s according to the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane Australia.
Basically, QUT says that Apple computers and other systems with high gloss displays can “cause the operator to adopt awkward postures” in order to avoid glare and reflections. And that can lead to injury or back pain.
QUT doesn’t necessarily think that means you shouldn’t use a computer with a glossy screen. But you may want to consider the amount of time you’ll be spending with the display as well as the location where you’ll be using it. Adjusting the contrast and viewing angles of the display can also help.