ESR Paper-like screen protectors deliver their promises. Writing or drawing on your iPad with your finger or pen actually has a more paper-like feel. This screen protector gives the screen more friction, so you have more control. It also protects the screen from scratches and significantly reduces fingerprints. But there is definitely a compromise that needs to be made: you lose some of the iPad's brilliant Liquid Retina display clarity.
I had no problem using the thin film on my 11-inch iPad Pro. It comes with a guide that connects to the lightning port to ensure proper application. By following the instructions carefully, my screen protector continued smoothly without bubbles or dust underneath. Once installed, it fits well. Face ID still works well, as there are cut-outs around the front-facing TrueDepth camera to allow face recognition. You can still faceTime, take selfies and everything else with the nasty camera and microphones. None of the iPad features are impaired by the screen protector.
I've been using for a few weeks now, and I still have mixed feelings around it. There is a lot to like about it. It looks more like paper with the matte anti-reflex look. More importantly, it feels more like paper, especially when using a stylus. It is very thin and adds no noticeable weight or bulk to the iPad. It does not reduce the sensitivity of the screen enough that I notice. Perhaps my favorite thing about it is that it slows the accumulation of fingerprints. I put lotions on my hands often, so my iPad is usually a fingerprint-covered mess and needs to be wiped down every day. I wouldn't say that this screen protector completely prevents fingerprints, but it certainly throws a lot at how often I need to clean the screen. I can go for weeks without cleaning it (although I should not, for sanitary reasons anyway.) Although I would not say that ESR Paper-like screen protectors will prevent a dropped iPad from crushing, it certainly protects against scratches. [1
I primarily use my iPad to read and watch videos, but I spent some time testing out ESR Paper – as a screen saver with a stylus and some coloring apps. I like the feeling of it. I asked my daughter, the artist, to test it out as well. Using a stylus, she spent some time drawing on my iPad and found that the experience was better than the pen on glass. Extra traction was helpful. ESR's screen protector offers even more traction than pen on paper, which is not necessarily preferable. It's just different.
I have heard complaints that this screen protector makes Apple Pencil wear faster. I have not used paper-like long enough to confirm or deny this, but it is something that I wanted to draw attention to.
ESR Paper-Like Screen Protector: What I like
ESR Paper-like screen protectors actually deliver their promises. Writing or drawing on it feels more like a pen on paper than using an iPad without a screen protector (or a glass). The clips mean your iPad still works as intended. Since the screen protector is paper-thin, your iPad will not weigh down or bulge. The matte finish diffuses glitter and hides fingerprints.
In the picture below I purposely left my screen dirty. This is how the screen protector looks after several weeks of use without drying or cleaning at all. It's not perfect, but it's not as dirty as my screen usually looks after just a day or two of use without a screen protector.
ESR Paper-Like Screen Protector: What I don & # 39; t like
A big part of what I love about the iPad Pro is the beautiful Liquid Retina screen, and ESR Paper-like screen protectors really cut some of the clarity. I took a number of pictures in different light environments so you can see for yourself. The picture at the top of this article is taken in natural light, indoors, during the day without any light on. The others above were taken outdoors, but not in direct sunlight. In the gallery below you see more of the same, plus some taken outdoors in direct sunlight, and some taken indoors under a direct light source. As you can see, the stronger and more direct the light, the worse the loss of clarity. Of course, an iPad is not usable in direct sunlight anyway. Even without a matte screen protector, the glare takes over the screen.
ESR Paper-like Screen Protector: Bottom line
ESR Paper-like screen protector gets your iPad as close to the paper experience as you can get. The matte finish diffuses glitter and gives your Apple Pencil or stylus some traction for a more paper-like feel. Your screen is protected from bumps and scratches in everyday life. It resists fingerprints so you don't have to clean the screen as often. However, as with any matte screen protector, you also lose some clarity. It's a trade-off; Only you can decide if it's worth it.
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