- Created on 15 February 2012
Call me paranoid, but given the size of tablet screens, I can't but feel worried that the slightest thing could scratch or even smash them. The obvious protection for them then is a screen protector and from past experience our favourite brand of screen protector was Martin Fields, but how have the quality of these screen protectors fared over the last few years since our last review? Only one way to find out....
- Gloss finished LCD protective filter enhances color reproducibility and image sharpening by transfering more light and makes the screen brightly colored. Other filters with anti glare feature make use of diffused reflection instead to eliminate reflection. These sometimes cause lower color reproducibility which may result with a dull monochromic coloration
- Filters reduce the strain on your eyes by blocking 99% of ultraviolet rays radiated from LCD screens. In addition, the filters allow 90% of light transmission while protecting the LCD screen from degradation as a result of strong sunlight and other natural lights.
- High Scratch Resistance.
- Easy to apply
- Removable, durable,reusable and washable.
Our past findings with the Martin Fields screen protectors were some years ago when we tested the screen protectors with the then state of the art phone, the Nokia N95 (how things have improved eh?): The screen protectors were simple to apply, made little or no change to the clarity of the screen and helped reduce the glare on the screen. How have things changed? Well, the test case in this review was the Archos 101 (although the screen protector should fit the Arnova 10 G2 which shares the same body and screen size) which was much larger than the original smartphone we originally tested. Despite this the screen protector was very easy to apply following the instructions provided and a protector was also included for the camera.
In tests the screen protector made no difference to the sensitivity of the capacitive touch screen and helped reduce the glare of the screen in a similar fashion to that we observed on the N95 screen protector. The optical clarity of the Martin Fields Archos screen protector is virtually unchanged with colours as vibrant as before the application of the film.
It is only fair to mention the new pacakging of the Martin Fields screen protectors, which ahs been designed to take into account the environment. The outside packaging and included instruction leaflet are made from recycled paper and printed with Soya based inks. The screen protector is enclosed inside a reusable Mylar envelope (useful for document storage of protecting important printed photos).
Between £13.99 and £19.99 (Amazon and direct from Martin Fields respectively)
4.5/5 - For the price, the Martin Fields Overlay Plus for the Archos 101 (or Arnova 10 G2) provides excellent screen protection from scratching and light impact at no cost to the optical clarity whilst minimising light reflection from the screen.