What To Know About Anti-Glare, Anti-Reflective & Anti-Fingerprint Touch Panels

By Keith Mitnik / October 16, 2023

PDI_ LCD Touchscreen Anti-Glare, Anti-Reflective & Anti-Fingerprint Touch Panels

In today's digital age, LCD displays have become a key part of our daily lives, serving as the primary interface for many devices, including smartphones, laptops and much more. If you sell a technology that uses glass displays, you’re likely giving your customers vibrant visuals and crystal-clear information. 

There are, however, a few impediments that can get in the way of this clarity and convenience: namely, glare, reflection, and fingerprints. To help you deliver a product that is free from these problems, here’s some more information. 

Glare Reduction 

Anti-glare (AG) uses diffuse films with surface anomalies to fragment and disperse reflected light.  This makes the reflected image more fuzzy or blurry, which allows the user to focus more on the intended image instead of the reflected image.  

While the benefits are huge the drawbacks of Anti-glare treatments are reduced clarity, reduced brightness, some color distortion, a possibly grainy appearance, durability and cost.

Anti-Glare is predominantly used when the glare reduction is the priority and is designed to minimize the glare from the external light sources such as sunlight or ambient lighting.  The applications include:  high ambient light environments, touch panels and outdoor public displays. 

Reduce Reflection 

Anti-reflective (AR) uses multiple layers with varying refractive indices to vary the direction in which the light is reflected. Anti-reflective films are not visible and typically undetectable by the human eye, although they can leave a soft blue-green color. 

Anti-reflective film is preferred in applications requiring a high transitivity of light through the touch panel and when there is a higher intensity reflected light, such as outdoors.

Similar to Anti-glare, the Anti-reflection surface treatments also have drawbacks. They have limited reduction of external light sources, reduced light transmission, ghosting and flare, limited life span, smudging and fingerprints and cost.

Anti-reflection coatings are used when optical clarity is essential.  Typical applications include: precision optical systems, photography and videography, eyeglasses and sunglasses, TV screens, monitors and mobile devices.

No Fingerprint Glass

Anti-fingerprint (AF)  touch panels are, unsurprisingly, intended to be touched by people.  When they are touched by a finger, there’s usually some amount of oil and residue left behind. The AF surface treatments are an ideal solution, resisting the ability for oils and dirt to stick to the surface of the touch panel as well as making it much easier to clean.

In need of reflection and glare reduction, and a solution to fingerprints on your screens? Try these methods. Need further help? Give us a call!

Topics: Touch Panel, display, new display products, full-color LCD touchscreens