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3M PFMP15 Privacy Filter for Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch

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3.4 out of 5 stars 115 customer reviews
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  • Keeps your personal or confidential information safe from prying eyes
  • You'll see the information on your display while people on either side only see a darkened screen
  • Custom fit to your Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch
  • The filter application system features an optically clear adhesive designed specifically for display screens. Testing proves that, when kept clean, the filter can be repositioned hundreds of times.
  • Reversible, matte side reduces glare and reflections
  • Lightweight, thin, frameless design
  • Protects display from dirt, debris and scratches
  • Cleans easily with a soft cloth and water
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Product Description

3M Privacy Filters keep confidential information private. Only persons directly in front of the monitor can see the image on screen; others on either side of them see a darkened screen. Custom fit to your Apple MacBook Pro 15-inch. The filter application system features an optically clear adhesive designed specifically for display screens. Testing proves that, when kept clean, the filter can be repositioned hundreds of times. Reversible, matte side reduces glare and reflections. Lightweight, thin, frameless design. Protects display from dirt, debris and scratches. Cleans easily with a soft cloth and water. Includes a convenient storage folder that keeps your privacy filter clean while not in use on your device. Great for high traffic areas such as airports, airplanes, commuter trains, coffee shops and other public places. Limited 1-year warranty.

From the Manufacturer

Advanced Privacy Protection For Your Apple MacBook Pro

Advanced Privacy Protection For Your Apple MacBook Pro

Work privately in public with 3M Privacy Filters for 13-, 15- and 17-inch unibody MacBook Pro models. Designed specifically for MacBook Pro’s “bezel-less” screen (launched in 2009 or later), they employ the latest 3M technology to help keep your on-screen information private, your display bright and clear, and your screen protected from the rigors of everyday use. 3M Privacy Filters have higher image clarity and quality than competitive blackout filters*. What’s more, they are proudly made in the USA and backed by a one-year warranty.

Helps Safeguard Sensitive Data

These days you can hop on the internet, check email, and access work or personal files from virtually anywhere — making it more important than ever to protect your confidential information. 3M Privacy Filters for the MacBook Pro not only help maintain the security of your personal data, they can help you comply with your employer’s internal data protection policies, allowing you to be more productive in more places.

Helps Safeguard Sensitive Data


3M Privacy Filters are reversible, with a clear, glossy finish for highest clarity viewing on one side, and a matte finish on the other, for reduction in screen glare. When using the matte-finished side, 3M Privacy Filters help reduce screen glare when working in high ambient light environments, providing the privacy you need along with the readability you demand. The matte finish also helps hide smudges and fingerprints.

Long-Lasting Protection

3M Privacy Filters for the MacBook Pro help safeguard your beautiful display with an abrasion-resistant coating designed to resist scratches and scuffs, as well as dust, dirt and grime.

Easy Application and Residue-Free Removal

Easy Application and Residue-Free Removal

3M’s state-of-the-art adhesive attachment system is designed specifically for sensitive display screens. Thin, optically-clear strips adhere the 3M Privacy Filter securely to your MacBook Pro screen even when closed, and can be repositioned or removed with zero residue. The adhesive strips are even washable, to refresh their adhesive quality. This ensures that, when kept clean, your 3M Privacy Filter will go on easy and come off clean — not just once, but hundreds of times.

Exclusive 3M Technology

Exclusive 3M Technology

3M Privacy Filters utilize advanced microlouver technology to enable you to view private information without worrying about the prying eyes of those around you. Whether working with confidential business data or simply enjoying personal entertainment, you’ll see your display clearly while people at your sides see only a darkened screen.

Easy to Clean

Easy to Clean

All you need is a lint-free cloth to quickly and easily remove smudges and dust from your display. Designed to protect your MacBook Pro display, 3M Privacy Filters can be cleaned again and again without compromising screen clarity or reducing the amount of privacy and protection they offer.

* Results are based upon a study conducted by 3M internally in 2010–2011

Product Information

Technical Details

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Summary : Screen Size, Screen Resolution, Graphics Coprocessor, Graphics Card RAM
Screen Size 38.1 centimeters
Screen Resolution 1440 x 900 pixels
Brand Name 3M
Item model number PFMP15
Item Weight 1.9 ounces
Product Dimensions 15.4 x 9.3 x 14.1 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 15.4 x 9.27 x 14.11 inches
Color Black

Additional Information

Customer Reviews
3.4 out of 5 stars 115 customer reviews

3.4 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #163 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Accessories > Monitor Accessories > Anti-Glare & Privacy Filters
Shipping Weight 12.8 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
Date First Available September 16, 2011

Warranty & Support

Amazon.com Return Policy:You may return any new computer purchased from Amazon.com that is "dead on arrival," arrives in damaged condition, or is still in unopened boxes, for a full refund within 30 days of purchase. Amazon.com reserves the right to test "dead on arrival" returns and impose a customer fee equal to 15 percent of the product sales price if the customer misrepresents the condition of the product. Any returned computer that is damaged through customer misuse, is missing parts, or is in unsellable condition due to customer tampering will result in the customer being charged a higher restocking fee based on the condition of the product. Amazon.com will not accept returns of any desktop or notebook computer more than 30 days after you receive the shipment. New, used, and refurbished products purchased from Marketplace vendors are subject to the returns policy of the individual vendor.
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By Michael TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 20, 2012
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The video is just to show you how it affects the screen. I put it on a larger monitor so you can see the difference.

-Keeps your neighbor from seeing your screen.
-There are strips of sticky stuff that hold it on, you don't have to worry about bubbles or other issues that would plague the filter if it were a direct stick on film or something like that. Also makes it easy to remove, but I'm not sure how many times I'll be able to re-stick the strips.
-fits perfect.

-it doesn't work if the person is right behind you.
-blurs the screen slightly (but a lot better than a different brand filter I used in the past)
-dims the screen a bit.

Overall, this is a better privacy filter than ones I've used in the past. All of my negatives are problems will face all privacy filters since they're all polarized screens covers. I'd like to try one of the gold ones sometime and see how they compare.
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The filter is effective for its primary purpose: limiting neighbors view of your screen when in public places. The viewing angle is restricted narrowly enough that your screen appears black to normally spaced public seating (coffee shops, libraries, etc.). When flying, however, the seats next to you are still able to view your screen, though somewhat obscured and blurry.

The significant drawback of this filter is that it does not maintain a tight connection to the laptop screen. Air bubbles develop quickly and repeatedly from regular use. The air pockets disrupt the quality of the screen image. It looks significantly worse than with no filter. This happens because the filter sticks to the screen only by two adhesive strips on either side-edge (which you arrange, not pre-packaged). As a result, I now remove the filter completely whenever I'm at home; I place the filter over the screen without affixing it only if needed in public.

The filter's size is accurately cut to fit my 15" 2011 MacBook Pro. So I've found that no adhesive is actually needed if I keep still once working. Then, I remove it before closing it to leave.

If you work in public and need a screen filter, this product works and I would recommend it. But I was disappointed that I could not simply affix the filter and leave it on continually because of the irregular appearance the filter affects on the laptop display. Still, I use the filter regularly, whenever in crowded public space and will continue to do so.
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My eye doctor recommended one of these because I was having trouble seeing things at night that weren't lit up from behind. (TV, computer, iPad, iPhone, etc, etc) Ive bought other anti-glare screen protectors before and they really help my eyes out during long periods of staring at a screen. My friend even says she hasn't had a migraine since she put hers on. But I really hated the bubbles and ugly looking installation of other brands. Unless you're in a vacuum, you're going to get bubbles underneath that thing. And it's one time only. I have bought several in the past that say "re-apply as necessary" or "no bubble installation" and they're full of it.

This one is perfect! It only adheres on the sides and bottom, and I can lift them anytime static gets in there to reset the smoothness of the screen. It saves my eyes, and as an added bonus, it's got the privacy filter too. It looks slick on the mac and was the correct dimensions. (Macbook pro 15" unibody late 2011) When you do as much work on a computer as I do, save your vision and get one of these things! The price was better than those all-over sticky ones too! And don't believe the others when they say you can reapply it. THIS is the only one you can reapply. However, switching from matte to glossy isn't something you can do everyday. You do have to somewhat make a commitment with that. I'm sticking with matte for my eye's sake, and I will not have to buy another one of these until I buy a new computer.
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I purchased the macbook pro 15" 3m privacy filter. I take a train into work every day and it annoys me to see people look over to see what I'm working on. I'm not talking about a glance either which doesn't bother me but a full-on side stare. These types of people along with the loud cell phone talkers, loud talkers and messy eaters belong on their own special train car, one headed for a bridge that's out. J/K about the bridge but they do belong in a special car. While I don't work on top secret documents, ink multi-million dollar deals or view pron (time and place for everything) I program apps. I don't need anyone stealing my ideas before I can get it programmed.

Back to the filter...
The filter fit like a glove for a mid 2012 macbook 15". The package says its for a retina but my screen is not. For those of you wondering, my screen looks fine so it doesn't matter if your screen is non-retina.

For the first week, i had the matte side out. My macbook didn't have the anti reflective option that you could have gotten so I had been dealing with the highly reflective screen for a while. While the matte side did absorb a lot of the reflections, it caused a lot of bubbling which made viewing the screen terrible. I must have removed the screen 5-6 times to clean and reattach it. This did not help. So, I contacted 3m and ordered more of those strips which they promptly shipped. I didn't want to be without the sticky strips before I attempted to switch the shiny side of the filter.

Once the strips came, I cleaned everything up, removed the old strips, reapplied the strips and mounted it shiny side out. No more bubbling! The matte side isn't as smooth so the two plastic surfaces don't stick together to create the static cling/bubbling effect.
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