Whether it's watching an episode of Archer on the big screen or checking e-mail on our laptop, there's nothing annoying than window glare (see the balcony office for an extreme example). So we've gone ahead and rounded up some extra-tactical means for you to address potential glare issues, all without once suggesting an ugly-looking monitor filter attachment...
You don't need to be a genius to realize that monitor glare produces eyestrain, which can lead to a whole other array of ailments such as headaches, nausea, blurred vision and hampered depth perception. Here are our best 5 ways of reducing monitor glare, especially if you don't believe in ugly monitor filters:
- Shutters: Instantly let in copious amounts of light for normal activities and quickly shut it out in a matter of seconds. You can also attach it to your home automation system if you're feelin' extra lazy.
- Curtains: Not only will it contribute to the luxurious look of the room, it's also an instant way to block out layers of light without distracting from the decor.
- Have excellent lighting: A mix of overhead light and a floor/desk lamp will create a proper amount of lighting in a room. Just make sure the floor/desk lamp is brighter than the overhead lighting - otherwise you'll just be contributing the glare.
- Invest in non-glossy: If it's a glossy laptop monitor that irks you, try investing in a monitor with a matte finish instead. Most flat screen monitors today are over 70Hz, so you shouldn't be too worried about refresh rates causing yet another type of eye strain.
- Invest in window film: We've always been a fan of window film anyway - it lets in light when you need it and keeps in the privacy. One would only expect it to present another caveat; window glare reduction! Plus, it's easy to remove.
Hopefully these gave you some ideas to help get that glare under control. Got a tip to share? Let us know in the comments!
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