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Your thoughts on Screen Protectors

Discussion in 'Model 3' started by malciv, Jul 25, 2018.

  1. malciv

    malciv Member

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    My LRDM delivery is still a few weeks (maybe months) away. For those of you who have your Model 3s, I'd like to get your thoughts on screen protectors. Is there a real concern of scratching your screen without one? Is it useful for other reasons, reduces fingerprints, glare... the likelihood of cutting yourself on it if you get in an accident? :confused:

    Does it affect the touch screen responsiveness? Which ones have you used and liked, not liked? Any feedback would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
     
  2. wbhokie

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    I don't think it is really needed in a Tesla since you can't drop it, put it in your pocket, or will likely scratch it with anything. Fingerprints will show up on it with a protector on it or not... so glare is really the only reason. I'd pass personally.
     
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  3. Sandollars

    Sandollars I bleed Cardinal

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    In my opinion, they are a complete waste of time and money.
     
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  4. chronopc

    chronopc Active Member

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    I considered it but I see no need. I just use the provided microfiber cloth to clean the screen regularly.
     
  5. Adeon

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    Will you be using your Swiss knife on it?

    Or do you want to see the screen scratched?

    If so add one
     
  6. PoitNarf

    PoitNarf The Clown Prince of Crime

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    I’ve got a screen protector from Abstract Ocean and I’m very happy with it. I managed to get the alignment perfect when I installed it so you can’t even tell it’s there. There is no noticeable difference with the way the screen feels or the responsiveness. There is however a noticeable decrease in the amount of fingerprints that show up which is one of the main reasons I got it. While the likelihood of scratching is not that great I like having the piece of mind that there is some layer of protection in case something accidentally brushes up against the screen. They’re really not that expensive, I think I paid $15 or so for mine? It’s worth it in my opinion.
     
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  7. ebmcs03

    ebmcs03 Active Member

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    No real need.
     
  8. paulvinh

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    Not needed but might get one later when it is cheaper cause the wife has nails. Haha
     
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  9. Jrzapata

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    I put one on mine just because I hate finger prints and I’m constantly cleaning it. So, to prevent any debris caught in the microfiber scratching it, I strapped one on. Cheaper to change a $30 piece of plastic than the whole screen.
     
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  10. Garlan Garner

    Garlan Garner Well-Known Member

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    I purchased one that is fingerprint-less. That's worth the cost alone.
     
  11. Dallas701

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    I got the Abstract Ocean Tempered Glass one. Cost more than I like but it is a high quality piece.
     
  12. ddm3

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    I never thought I'd need one, but then one day I saw a weird line on the screen. It turned out to be some kind of scratch. With all the tint, console wrap, service center people being in the car I guess it got scratched. I asked the SC people about it and after consulting a few people they eventually determined that the factory screen protector was the thing that got scratched. Phew! I didn't even know there was a screen protector on.

    After that, I decided that a screen protector might actually be useful. I got the matte version to reduce glare. It did that but it has a rough texture so running your finger on it isn't that smooth. Not sure if the reduced glare is worth the weird texture. I'll leave it for now.
     
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  13. BioSehnsucht

    BioSehnsucht Model 3 LR

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    How can you tell the factory protector is still on (other than developing a case of the phantom touches)? Is there a pull off tab that should be obvious, or is it perfectly shaped to the screen such that you'd have to peel it off to know it's there?
     
  14. insaneoctane

    insaneoctane Active Member

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    I prefer the feel of glass VS plastic ... Do you like yours, was it easy to install and would you recommend it?
     
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    Yes - this ^^^^ ???
     
  16. VBruce

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    I have the Abstract Ocean screen protector too. The matte version reduces glare and it works flawlessly. I was worried about scratching the screen, but it is the reduction of fingerprints that I really like. Well worth the cost. I’ve had it since late February. I suspect that you will find it a well worth while unobtrusive addition to your model 3.
     
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  17. intjester

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    Tempered glass is identical performance to naked screen. I’m not generally a fan of screen protectors, but I plan to keep the car long term, so...
     
  18. wdolson

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    On my Model S I have an Abstract Ocean screen protector on the center screen and a Topfit on the instrument cluster. If I replace the touchscreen protector, I will get Topfit for that. Abstract ocean has a number of different types of protectors.
     
  19. PoitNarf

    PoitNarf The Clown Prince of Crime

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    The film on the screen from the factory was still on mine when I took delivery. I didn’t notice it was there at first but when I got home I noticed some air bubbles and other marks on the screen and then it was very obvious that there was a protective film still attached to the screen. It came off pretty easily but I don’t recall any pull tabs for removal. I believe this film is usually removed when they prep your Model 3 for delivery but sometimes they forget about it. If it’s still there after you take delivery it should be very obvious that it’s there.
     
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  20. LoveEV

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    I have one they just give you peace of mind that a ring of watch won't scratch your screen
     
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