June 18, 2015 archive
My frustration is that it seems that the only real provider for a MacBook Pro is 3M (here's a search on Amazon) and the problem is simply this...
It's very hard to take the privacy screen on and off!
For whatever reason... perhaps the limited space on the edge of the screen... perhaps customer frustration with past implementations... 3M makes the privacy screen go all the way to the edge of the display and then has you mount it using a double-sided tape. There are no clips or anything that you slide your screen in to. You tape it on to the MBP screen.
Now... IN THEORY... you are supposed to be able to take the privacy screen on and off multiple times. The tape is supposed to keep working.
In practice, I've found that you can remove the screen and replace it... but only a couple of times.
After that... the tape loses its stickiness and the screen starts falling off.
With a previous laptop, this was fine. I mounted a privacy screen on the laptop and pretty much never took it off. It worked fine.
However, with this laptop, I've been in several situations where I wound up needing to give a presentation to a small group of people without a projector and so I needed to take the privacy screen off so that people could gather around and see the presentation. Additionally, I had a couple of situations at home where I wanted to have multiple people look at my laptop.
The end result is that the privacy screen no longer sticks to the MBP.
Now, 3M did provide a few extra strips of tape when I bought the screen... but I have no clue where I put those strips of tape.
My solution right now is to just apply a couple of pieces of regular clear tape to hold the screen in place. It works... although it doesn't look all that pretty.
What do any other MacBook Pro owners do for privacy screens?
Do you have another vendor of privacy screens you like? Do you just leave the screen always on? Do you keep re-applying the tape? Have you found a way to have clips on the side?