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iMac $500 nano-texture glass: Should you?

by Dewi Safitri

Should you pay $500 for the nano texture display option on the new iMac? We’ll lets talk about it now! So for the first time, the 27-inch iMac gets a new nano texture glass display option. Now this display option used to be exclusive to the $5,000 Pro Display XDR. And to add the nano display option on the XDR, it costs $1,000, but here on the iMac, it’s just $500. I say just like that’s not a lot of money. $500 is still a lot of money. Now when you purchase the 27-inch iMac with the nano texture glass option, you’ll notice something different in the design by Apple in California packet.

Yesss!!! You get a special cleaning cloth, specifically designed for the nano texture glass. Now it’s important that you use this special cleaning cloth when cleaning your display. Because otherwise, you could damage the nano texture glass.


It Is very important that you use only this cleaning cloth. Next to the $500 price premium nano texture glass that brings us to the second downside for the nano texture display, you have to be a little bit more delicate when it comes to cleaning it. 

Of course there is one huge upside for the nano texture glass, and you probably already figured it out. Whenever bright light hit a standard glass iMac, it will cause a lot reflection. But it come out differently to nano texture glass.  It will scatters the light and diffuses it. So it isn’t nearly as reflective as the standard glass.


 And that’s the real benefit of this nano texture display. You’ll notice that even on the bezels, the nano texture has been applied. So you don’t even get reflections on the bezels, which can cause quite a distraction on the standard glass. 


Now that’s not to say there are no reflections. There are gonna be reflections there, but they are significantly reduced when compared to the standard glass. And that’s the real benefit of this $500 option. So if you’re in an environment where you cannot control the ambient light, maybe you have sunlight coming and hitting your display, there’s no way to control that sunlight, this is a great option. So the nano texture is not your typical matte coating, which makes it real hazy and reduces contrast significantly. The texture is etched directly into the glass at the nanometer level to help scatter light while preserving relatively good contrast and image quality. But there are some downsides that we’ll talk about.

The first downside like we already discussed is the $500 premium. So you’re gonna have to pay $500 on top of whatever iMac configuration you choose. So that is not like a drop in the bucket. That’s a lot of money to be paying for this nano texture display option.

You could throw that $500 towards your iMac in general and upgrade to the high-end standard configuration that Apple offers. Now granted, it’s not like the $1,000 price premium that you have to pay for the Pro Display XDR. If you want a nano texture display option there, be prepared to pay six grand instead of five grand for that Pro Display XDR.

So, this is a much more palatable price to pay for the nano texture glass here on the iMac. But the question is it worth it for you in your particular use case scenario? For some people, it will be worth it. If you’re working like I said, in a place where you can’t control ambient light is worth it. I mean, just look right here, you can see how reduced the reflections are when compared to the standard glass. 

However, I’m willing to say that probably most people that purchase an iMac can control the ambient lighting at least to a reasonable degree to where the standard glass works. In fact, in that case, the standard glass is more ideal in my opinion. Not only does it save you money, but you retain the utmost clarity, in contrast. As good as the nano texture display is when compared to traditional matte displays, you will still notice a little bit of haze in a little bit of blurriness for the lack of a better descriptor, with that nano texture glass when compared to the standard glossy glass.

And that’s the reason besides the fact that you have to pay more attention to cleaning it, besides the fact that you have to pay a $500 premium, but it’s just not as nice to look at, and the text isn’t exactly as tack sharp as it is on that glossy display. So in other words, unless you fall into the category of where you just battling reflections left and right, don’t fall for the marketing or the buzzwords, get yourself the standard glass and save yourself some cash.

 You could see a clear difference there, it is subtle, but it’s there. When it comes to comparison of nano texture glass and glossy glass, the nano texture glass is the option you want if you’re perhaps finding that the reflections are giving you things like eye strain and that’s leading the headaches and things of that nature.

For those users without question, go with the nano texture glass. Pay the $500, it’s worth it for your comfort. And there will be some that just prefer the nano texture glass period. But after using these two machines side by side, I can say that I prefer the standard glossy glass over the nano texture glass. What do you think? Leave your comment down below!

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