Accessory Review: 3M Vikuiti Touch Screen Protector
Accessory Review:3M Vikuiti ARMR200 8.9in Screen Protector (Pack of 5)
What it is/does: Screen Protector with Anti-Reflective properties
Reviewed by: AcuraTLFan
Specs: 8.9in Diagonal 16:9 Widescreen format
Price: ~$30 USD Shipped
Store: just Froggle.com it
Manufacturer website: Manu. Link
Pros: Cheap, Reputable Company
Cons: To early to say
3M release the Vikuiti screen protector line several years ago. It was partially discusses on this forum awhile back...it never got much attention due to limited supply and initial expensive cost. However, with TabletPC and touch screen monitors making its way into mainstream, these products are easily found for a good price. I already had a Photodon anti-glare screen protector on my 8.0 widescreen monitor...but I like to try new products.
The pack of 5 sceen protector came in a white mail foam envelope, it was sandwhiched against 2 pieces of cardboard. What caught my attention was that it came with an plastic Applicator but no cleaning cloth.
Application was straight forward, remove the plastic backing by pulling on the labeled tab...use the applicator to firmly apply the film to the screen while you continue to pull on the tab. I must say this film was one of the easiest to install. It requires no soapy water with some other films to help intsall. No bubbles, no dusts, no fingerprints.
|The following photo is of the 3M Vikuiti Anti-Reflective film.
| The following photo is the STOCK Photo without any film.
| The following photo is of the Photodon Anti-Glare film.
It's hard to see the difference but I'll try to explain it. Download the bigger picture.
1)Comparing 3M to Stock. If you look at the ring of light, you will notice that in the Stock one the light is more intense; you can see the light blurring out further from the bulb then the 3M does. The 3M is a bit less clear the Stock, that's expected since the film is a matte finish and it's not 100% transparent. So the 3M looks like it does do some anti-reflecting
2)Comparing Photodon to Stock. The Photon is clearly blurrier then the Stock one. So it does reduce the glare. I first posted my results in another thread about the Photodon not being effective...but having been using it for awhile, it does actually reduce the glare.
3) Comparing 3M to Photodon. Both the films are a matte finish (not glossy). The Photodon seems to be thicker then the 3M. the Photodon is also less transpartent then the 3M. The 3M films show finger prints easier then the Photodon. The adhesives used on both seem to have the same adherance level. They are not like stickers, they don't bond...the adhesive has a mininal adherance...it's enough to keep the film on the screen where it's suppose to be. This makes it MUCH EASIER to remove dust or reaapply if you mess up.
These film do work to some extent, but don't expect miracles...even Navi screens in Acura, Lexus, MB, aren't fully sunlight readable and they are also prone to reflection and glare.
Conclusion: Both these films do - do what they say. I rate them at 8/10.
*I'm only using 1 of the 5 I bought. I still have 4 left...if anyone is interested in buying the 3M Vikuiti and don't want to buy 5. I'll sell them for $7 shipped each...includes packaging and postage