We get lots of questions about our different screen protector materials and which one to order. We strive to have a lot of information on our main protective material page, but with so much information all in one place, it's hard to absorb it all! So let's address a question that is asked almost daily:
"Which type of material should I order?"
Please keep in mind that there is a section available on our website for all of the FAQs on Screen Protective Materials. That being said, there are two basic types of screen protector materials: anti-glare material and clear material.
All fourteen of our material types (this includes 3 privacy filter types) help reduce scratches and protect your screen. So how do you make a decision? Let's break it down by category.
Anti-Glare Materials vs. Clear Materials
If the glare from the sun or any other kind of lighting makes it difficult to see your screen, an anti-glare screen protector will be the most helpful for you.
MXH – 25% Anti-Glare
For a slight glare, our MXH is a great choice! The 25% anti-glare finish is just enough to cut down the glare while protecting your screen. MXH is very popular for vehicles' in-dash screens since it eliminates enough glaring while still keeping the screen easily viewable from the side. MXH is also popular for drawing tablets for the artists who want a more paper-like feel for their drawing experience.
MXT – 50% Anti-Glare
For those dealing with more glare, we suggest our MXT (50% anti glare). While we recommend MXT for all devices, it is the most popular for TVs, industrial displays, outside displays, and church service monitors. MXT is also great for drawing tablets since it also has a paper-like feel. Because of its higher percentage of matting, MXT can cause gray-outs if viewed from the side, so it may not be the best for color-critical work or in situations where the screen is viewed from the side.
MXG – 85% Anti-Glare
To provide the highest amount of anti-glaring, try our MXG (85% anti glare). MXG is the best at minimizing overhead light reflections and, while it works well on smaller devices, is typically recommended for larger displays like TVs, presentation displays, and kiosks. MXG can also cause gray-outs if viewed from the side, so it may not be the best choice for color-critical work or in situations where the screen is viewed from the side.
HSG – 85% Anti-Glare with Impact Protection and Scratch Resistance
If you're looking for the most anti-glaring possible with the added benefit of impact protection, our HSG (85% anti glare) may be what you need. HSG's high anti-glare property is combined with extra scratch protection AND protection from blunt force impacts. HSG is mostly used for industrial use or field work where the devices are at a higher risk of damage. As with the MXG, HSG can cause gray-outs if viewed from the side, so it may not be the best choice for color-critical work or in situations where the screen is viewed from the side.
Maybe you are not dealing with any glaring, but you still want to protect your screen. For that, we offer 6 types of clear materials to help with your unique situation. Your device and usage all play a factor in which type is right for you.
AMC – Anti-Microbial
AMC's anti-microbial coating guards your device screen from bacterial growth. It holds up well to harsh cleaners and is popular for touchscreens and devices used in the medical field. AMC also works well with stylus usage.
ARC – Anti-Reflective
The anti-reflective coating in our ARC material reduces the amount of light reflected from the screen. It is recommended for mobile, in dash, gaming, and color critical work.
MXB – Blue Light Cut
MXB is fantastic for those who want to protect their eyes from exposure to damaging blue light. MXB helps to reduce eye strain and can improve sleep cycles, and we recommend it for anyone who experiences headaches, eye strain, sleep issues, or even macular degeneration. MXB does have a noticeable blue tint when it is in the sunlight.
HSC – Hard Shock-Absorbing Clear
HSC is our shock-absorbing material that also has abrasion resistance and anti-microbial properties. We recommend HSC for industrial-type settings or environments where the device could be damaged.
9HO – Abrasion Resistance
9HO is our material with extreme abrasion (scratch) resistance. We also recommend it for industrial-type settings or environments where the device could be damaged. Artists prefer 9HO for its smooth touch.
MXO – Basic Protection
MXO is our cost-effective yet superior option for all devices.
So in short, Photodon's anti-glare screen protector materials have a matte finish to reflect light off your screen. And our clear screen protector materials are great when glaring is not an issue. All screen protector materials will protect your screen from scratches and other accidental damage that can happen to a screen. These materials really do take the abuse of everyday use!
If you are still unsure of which material type to go with, get some samples and try them out for yourself!
Please follow this link for more detailed information about material types. Visit our main screen protector page for access to products and product information.
We are happy to help with any question you may have. If needed, please contact us at 847-377-1185, M-F 9:00am – 5:00pm EST, or email us at [email protected].