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3M Privacy Filter for Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (PFMP13)

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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 13-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
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Product Description

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.

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

Reversible

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 13 inches
Brand Name 3M
Item model number PFMP13
Item Weight 1.6 ounces
Product Dimensions 8.4 x 0 x 12.6 inches
Item Dimensions L x W x H 8.4 x 0.02 x 12.6 inches
Color Black

Additional Information

ASIN B005NFG2O0
Customer Reviews
3.1 out of 5 stars 221 customer reviews

3.1 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #116 in Computers & Accessories > Computer Accessories > Monitor Accessories > Anti-Glare & Privacy Filters
Shipping Weight 6.4 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 January 23, 2008

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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I've been using mine for around a month and a half now. I use my laptop quite a bit outside of my home and I have noticed that people have an almost natural tendency to glance over at other's computer screens. If this bothers you, then I think that this is a good investment.

Pros:
1) allows the lid to close with no interference.
2) it fits perfectly on my mid-2009 macbook pro 13"; it has a small cut-out for the camera. The filter literally covers all of the glass part of the screen, completely!
3) it's easy to remove. I actually just tested this since I don't need this filter until classes resume again. The adhesive strips will need to be replaced, but everything came off cleanly, with no residue. You just have to pull the filter off slowly and with very little force.
4) it has good visibility for the laptop user. Though, keep in mind that those who are behind you (or within a 30 deg angle or so of you) will probably be able to see your screen.

Cons:
1) has a somewhat blurring effect on the screen. It's very subtle and easy to get used to, but the image quality is definitely better without a filter. However, this is the only privacy filter I've ever had experience with, so this might actually be a lot better than the other ones out there. But, I have nothing to compare it to.

Overall, I'm really pleased with this filter. It does what it's supposed to do; it does it while maintaining a more-or-less discreet appearance.
Bottom line: if you travel with your computer, are a student, or use your computer outside of your home, then this is a good investment. Of course, if you didn't care about people seeing what's on your screen, then you wouldn't even be here to look for a privacy filter.

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This is NOT designed for any of the new 13" mac book pros. For those of you looking to get it for your newest (2013+) model, it doesn't fit. I had to cut it down to make it fit. Truthfully, this appears to be designed for the the old Silver ones (the ones before the white ones) and 2 before the current one.
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Genuine 3M privacy filter on a 2011 MacBook Pro 13" is, unfortunately, not that impressive. Tried both sides (glossy and matte) to see privacy effectiveness difference, but using either side still allows someone from beside you to be able to see your full screen although text and images are somewhat blurred. I've seen 3M privacy filters for other machines (LCD monitors, IBM ThinkPads, etc.) and they seem to do a better job at obscuring the view from the sides; my coworker needs to remove his 3M privacy filter every time he needs to show me something on his LCD monitor. Maybe the screen panel on the MBP is much brighter and has a wider viewing angle than comparable screens on other machines, so perhaps this is to be expected.

Fit is perfect as others have already described. I can't see how anyone can mess up installing this filter as positioning is easy, and so is installation and removal. The "bubbles" formed within a minute of initial installation, but a simple quick removal and reinstallation took care of that. The matte side (reduces reflection & glare) as well as the glossy side (enhances images) have their purposes, so it's just a matter of personal preference. Overall, I would've given this 4 stars if it provided as much privacy as the 3M privacy filter installed on LCD monitors and IBM ThinkPads in our office, but this is a better alternative than a naked screen.

Update [09/18/2012]: Privacy performance is better in a well lit room (i.e. office, outdoors during daytime) vs. in a dimly lit room (i.e. bedroom, cafe). Although I can still see more of the screen on this MacBook Pro than I can on a regular LCD screen on a PC, it's now less clear than it was when I first used it. Upgraded rating to 4 stars.
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I purchased this despite the price because I work exclusively from my laptop and travel often. When I received the filter, I followed the instructions carefully, only to discover that enormous air bubbles coated my screen the second the thing was affixed. I tried again, with the same result. No, I am not clumsy or inept. Maybe this just doesn't work well with the Macbook Pro.

Since the instructions say that there are two types of mounts - and adhesive version and a non-adhesive version - I emailed to try to get the non-adhesive mounts. Instead, I was sent another screen protector with only adhesive mounts, and achieved an identically bubbly effect when I put it up. Thank god for Amazon's good return policy, but I did waste a lot of time trying to get this filter to work.
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As others have said it is okay, its not spectacular like the ones they make for the phones or iPads, but it will be beneficial because of my job and not having people who sit to my left or right see my computer. Unfortunately I have had to create a bigger hole for the camera and I have had to make adjustments to the screen protector because my computer would not close properly. As well, with all the adjustments I have had to make it is not worth the amount they are asking.
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On my MacBook Air, this filter creates a very visible and very distracting Moiré pattern on the screen. It's like putting a screen door in front of your monitor. It totally kills the viewing experience, rendering the screen barely usable even if just looking at text.

Tested against my external monitor it was fine. But since this is advertised for the MacBooks and their screens, this is a piece of garbage. So be very careful about the type of laptop or screen you are buying this for.
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