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3M Privacy Filter for 12.1 Inch Standard Laptop (PF12.1)

by 3M
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12.1"
Black
  • Screen data is visible only to persons directly in front of the monitor. 3M privacy technology darkens on-screen data when viewed from the side. Keeps your electronic information confidential, making it excellent for use in high traffic areas.
  • Passersby see only a dark screen making this filter excellent for high traffic areas. Only persons directly in front of the monitor can see the image on screen
  • Offers more consistent quality and uniform appearance, thus reducing visual distractions.
  • Provides more effective privacy than competitive filters
  • Helps protect fragile LCD screens from scratches and damage
  • Made in USA
  • Reversible - matte and gloss sides. Matte side reduces screen glare.
  • Two convenient attachment methods included. Adhesive tape method was designed specifically for your display.
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Size: 12.1" | Color: Black
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Product Details

Size: 12.1" | Color: Black
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000067O5H
  • Item model number: PF12.1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (917 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 1, 2002

Product Description

Size: 12.1" | Color: Black

From the Manufacturer

Notebook privacy filters keeps confidential and private information private. Utilizes 3M's patented microlouver technology so only persons directly in front of the monitor can see the image on screen, passersby see only a blank, dark screen. Unique attachment system, stays in place even when monitor is closed. Lifetime warranty.

Product Description

PF12.1 fits standard notebook computers with a diagonally measured 12.18" viewable screen; actual filter dimensions are 7.32" high x 9.74" wide. This filter is designed for non-widescreen laptop computers with screens that appear more square than rectangular and have a 4:3 aspect ratio. Notebook privacy filters keep confidential and private information private. Utilizes 3M's microlouver privacy technology so only persons directly in front of the monitor can see the image on screen; passersby see only a dark screen. 3M's PF12.1 Privacy Filter provides more effective privacy than competitive filters and offers more consistent quality and uniform appearance, thus reducing visual distractions.

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3.8 out of 5 stars
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4 star
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Obviously, if someone is sitting behind you or over your shoulder, they can see your screen.
Happy Camper
This is great if you travel on planes and want to be able to work without everyone being able to see what you are doing - this is the best privacy screen!
Traveling Sales Rep
It mounts by clear plastic tabs that stick onto the computer screen mount and extend over the screen itself, allowing you to slide the filter in and out.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

252 of 261 people found the following review helpful By Bobby L. on January 5, 2006
Color Name: BlackSize Name: 14.1" W
I've owned this product for about a month now and purchased it because I was frustrated with seatmates on airplanes looking at my notebook screen for the whole flight, trying to figure out what I was doing. This screen works wonders in deterring others from taking glances at my private information. In fact, most people think I'm crazy, typing away on a computer with a blank screen, or so they think.

There are some disadvantages with this screen though. Your seatmate directly next to you will be able to see through the filter to your screen partially, because they are within the viewing angle of the screen with the filter on. But move over any farther and the screen is not visible, nor is it visible across the aisle (if sitting in an aisle seat). About the only other place that it is visible is if someone is standing directly above you, one row back. Turning down the brightness of your screen also helps immensely in blocking people from viewing your screen through the filter at any angle.

(Please note, having this filter installed screens out about half of the light coming out of the screen. If you have poor eyesight with dim lighting and have trouble with computer screens, this product may not be for you.)

Additionally, the clear plastic tabs included with the filter adheres to the plastic border around the notebook LCD screen to keep the filter in place. It works, but blocks about a 1/8" of the screen at 6 points, especially noticeable around the bottom of the screen where the start bar is located.

You'll also notice a large "3M PF14.1W" printed in the top right hand corner of the filter. It's used to help in determining whether the filter is facing the right direction, but it's quite distracting at times.
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118 of 124 people found the following review helpful By Michael B. on May 13, 2007
Color Name: BlackSize Name: 15.4"
I'm a consultant who travels weekly. Lots of time on flights makes a privacy filter important to me. Being something of a perfectionist and the fact that I look through it for hours each week, I ordered both the ViewGuard and the 3M filters to compare them. I kept the 3M and returned the ViewGuard. Why?

The image clarity of the 3M filter was significantly better (note that I work with small fonts, spreadsheets, etc. and wear glasses) Yes, ViewGuard, I removed the protective film before making the comparison! Two things bugged me about the ViewGuard: (1) its polarization cuts run diagonally (the 3M run vertically), which is distracting, and (2) the image through the ViewGuard is a tiny bit blurry/hazy compared to the 3M. 3M seems to have a more clear film that they use. A colleague of mine did the same side-by-side and agreed with me.

Both products do what they claim, and both fit my notebook well, although I also prefer the optional vertical mounting strips that come with the 3M product (both come with mounting 'dots', but 3M supplies an alternate mounting mechanism as well).

Let's face it: $50 for a piece of plastic seems expensive, but there's no alternative if you want to work on client (or your own financial) information on a plane. Thanks, 3M, for making a quality product. (And no, I don't work for 3M!)
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57 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Roger E. Ekstrom on March 12, 2010
Color Name: GoldSize Name: 17.0"W
I bought the Gold privacy screen for my new Mac Pro 15.5 Laptop. It works great! Fellow workers complain because they can't see my laptop screen unless they get directly behind me. It works especially well with window light hitting it. If fellow workers do stand directly behind me, I just spin around and they back off. I reordered the one for a 17" Mac Pro as it fits better than the one 3M recommends for the 15.5". The 3M recommended screen fits only over the viewing area and leaves about a 1" border to the edge of the screen and is held on with cheesy plastic tabs that glue on the screen. It looks bad and in two weeks the cheesy plastic mounting tabs fell off. You will have much difficulty cleaning the laptop screen with the cheesy plastic tabs glued in place. The Gold Screen for the 17" Mac Pro fits over the entire screen of the 15.5" Mac Pro and is right to the edge of the entire screen. It just leans up against the screen as it leans back. It is a glove fit and is well worth the difference. It lays down flat when I close the screen and travels well. Don't buy the Gray Screen Filter, the Gold is 500% better! The Gray was a costly mistake. Cheaper isn't always the answer. Also, I bought directly from 3M and paid way too much one the first round. (sales Tax, shipping, and a higher price) This time Amazon was my source. (3M(tm) GPF17.0W Widescreen Gold Notebook Privacy Filter) Roger
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96 of 108 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on September 25, 2003
Color Name: BlackSize Name: 15.0"
I saw this at a small local computer store for dirt cheap so I decided to pick it up. The fit on my Toshiba laptop is perfect. Looking right at it, you can clearly tell that it is there as it has a dark tint and you can see the thin lines in it, but everything on screen is still readable and enjoyable, except for the annoying, non-removable "3M PF15.0" logo near the bottom right of the filter that blocks off some of the text in the taskbar. It probably won't hinder daily use, but just the fact that it's there is annoying.
For the screen to actually appear black, one would have to stand at a rather extreme angle where the screen wouldn't even look all that clear to them in the first place. It will block somebody from reading any text, but for the most part they will still be able to tell what you are doing.
Also, once you get dust on the back side of the filter, forget about getting it all off. I can spray it with compressed air all day and wipe it with my microfiber dust clothe as much as I want, but there is still some dust on it.
In short, it does *NOT* make on-screen data visible only to the person directly in front of the monitor. I suggest that if you can, try one out first to see if it fits your needs. Maybe somebody at your local computer store will let you put one on a monitor and you can test out the angles to see if it is worth the price for you.
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