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How Do I Choose the Best Notebook Screen Protector?

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  • Written By: B. Miller
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  • Last Modified Date: 30 November 2016
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Putting a notebook screen protector on your computer helps to protect it from damage, dirt and oils, and can even help to reduce glare, making it easier to work on the laptop in bright office environments or outside. When selecting a notebook screen protector, determine the purpose of the protector -- not all of them offer anti-glare benefits, for example. Also find out if the product carries a warranty against damage; some of the more reputable companies will offer a warranty if the notebook screen becomes damaged due to a failure of the screen protector to perform as advertised.

When you are choosing a notebook screen protector, there are some important features to look for. The first is durability. One way to find a durable product is to find one that is stated to last the life of the computer screen, and one that can be removed and reapplied if needed. Not only does this make installation a lot easier -- after all, it's hard to line it up exactly right the first time you try -- but it also indicates that the product will hold up better over time. Single-use screen protectors, which must be applied correctly the first time and then discarded if removed, can be a good choice for smaller devices like touchscreen phones, but are not as practical for notebook screens because of the larger area.

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Next, consider whether the notebook screen protector offers anti-glare benefits. Many notebook screens are highly reflective, making them great for playing video games or watching media in a darker room, because this makes the colors more vibrant. To use them in bright offices or outdoors, however, can very difficult. Selecting a notebook screen protector that will reduce glare can make it possible to use the laptop in many different types of environments. Some manufacturers even state that their product will protect the eyes from the sun's UV rays reflecting off the screen, when using the notebook outside.

Be sure to choose the proper size of notebook screen protector to match your specific screen. Generally, the measurements are taken diagonally; from the top left corner to the bottom right corner, for example. Once the screen protector is applied, it will help to protect the computer screen from dirt and grime in the air; oils from fingertips; or damage from bumping into the laptop keys when the computer is closed. It is also much easier and safer to clean a laptop screen protector than just the screen itself, for which only a soft cloth should be used, never cleaning products.

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