Cleaning the Vita screen

#1 Posted by Groof (18 posts) -

So I've had my Vita for almost a year now, and as stupid as I was I never bought a screen protector. Even though I've tried to keep it fairly clean, some smudges just won't go away no matter what I've tried. Granted, I haven't really tried much anyhow. Either way, what's a good way to clean it more thoroughly and do you recommend getting a screen protector this far in?

Thanks duders!

#2 Posted by jayjonesjunior (1087 posts) -

Have you tried water? you just have to be extra cautious.

#3 Posted by mwng (956 posts) -

I tend to use cheapy window cleaner (it's like water but evaporates quicker, so it doesn't leave marks) and a glasses cloth.

And it's never too late to get a screen protector, I'd much rather replace one of them than the Vita screen. Suggest not going really cheap, the better quality ones are hardly noticeable once applied.

#4 Posted by TechHits (1391 posts) -

@Groof: use a micro fiber cloth, the kind you use for eye glasses or computer screens. Don't use paper towel or toilet paper, especially if you don't have a screen protector as it will cause tiny scratches in the screen.

Also yes you should get a screen protector, it's always worth it.

#5 Posted by Groof (18 posts) -

Yeah, I've been using a micro fiber cloth for most of my cleaning (forgot to mention that), but like I said there are still some smudges that refuse to go away... But I'll definitely look into getting a screen protector. Thanks for the replies, guys!

#6 Posted by AlisterCat (5736 posts) -

I never use screen protectors on anything. I'd rather scratch it.

#7 Posted by Groof (18 posts) -

@AlisterCat: I know what you mean, don't use one on my phone and don't use one on my tablet, but I guess I'm just a lot more scared about this device getting hurt, heh.

#8 Posted by Ravenlight (8011 posts) -

Grow a luxurious olde-timey beard and rub your face all over the screen. Bonus points for wearing a top hat.

#9 Edited by Sooty (8082 posts) -

Buy a cheap screen cleaning solution like Dr. Magic.

I don't really see the point in a case or screen protector for the Vita, with a phone I can understand it because you actually walk around while using those, but you don't walk around while playing a Vita so it's less likely to get scratched, just put it in a slip case when going in bags and such.

@mwng said:

I tend to use cheapy window cleaner (it's like water but evaporates quicker, so it doesn't leave marks) and a glasses cloth.

And it's never too late to get a screen protector, I'd much rather replace one of them than the Vita screen. Suggest not going really cheap, the better quality ones are hardly noticeable once applied.

I dunno what kind of situation you guys are getting into with a Vita where scratching the screen is possible. Playing on a couch, on a train, a plane, in a car? How can you scratch it?! It should always be protected in bags with a slip case or something, but otherwise I just don't see the point in total screen protection. Don't leave it in a place where someone might drop keys on it or something and there's no issue, I put mine at the back of a drawer when not being used.

and screen protectors really won't do much if you drop the thing, so again, how can you scratch the screen so bad when you're probably sitting stationary while using it?

#10 Posted by Snail (8663 posts) -

@AlisterCat said:

I never use screen protectors on anything. I'd rather scratch it.

What?

#11 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

@Snail said:

@AlisterCat said:

I never use screen protectors on anything. I'd rather scratch it.

What?

Probably because screen protectors often bubble or make the screen look dimmer, and cleaning them is usually annoying.

#12 Posted by MariachiMacabre (7100 posts) -
@Ravenlight

Grow a luxurious olde-timey beard and rub your face all over the screen. Bonus points for wearing a top hat.

But be careful not to use your mutton chops. They aren't as down-soft as I'm sure your beard is and they will scratch the screen. Use only slow, circular motions of the chin, keeping your monocle chain secure so as to not tangle in your beard or hit the screen.
#13 Posted by Groof (18 posts) -

@Ravenlight said:

Grow a luxurious olde-timey beard and rub your face all over the screen. Bonus points for wearing a top hat.

The beard is halfway done ;)

@Sooty said:

Buy a cheap screen cleaning solution like Dr. Magic.

I don't really see the point in a case or screen protector for the Vita, with a phone I can understand it because you actually walk around while using those, but you don't walk around while playing a Vita so it's less likely to get scratched, just put it in a slip case when going in bags and such.

@mwng said:

I tend to use cheapy window cleaner (it's like water but evaporates quicker, so it doesn't leave marks) and a glasses cloth.

And it's never too late to get a screen protector, I'd much rather replace one of them than the Vita screen. Suggest not going really cheap, the better quality ones are hardly noticeable once applied.

I dunno what kind of situation you guys are getting into with a Vita where scratching the screen is possible. Playing on a couch, on a train, a plane, in a car? How can you scratch it?! It should always be protected in bags with a slip case or something, but otherwise I just don't see the point in total screen protection. Don't leave it in a place where someone might drop keys on it or something and there's no issue, I put mine at the back of a drawer when not being used.

and screen protectors really won't do much if you drop the thing, so again, how can you scratch the screen so bad when you're probably sitting stationary while using it?

I dunno, nails and shit? Sometimes screens seem to scratch for the hell of it. The screen protector is for the extra protection, probably due to all the shit that's stuck on your fingers. I barely use them, anyway so I don't know.

#14 Posted by Ravenlight (8011 posts) -

@MariachiMacabre said:

But be careful not to use your mutton chops. They aren't as down-soft as I'm sure your beard is and they will scratch the screen. Use only slow, circular motions of the chin, keeping your monocle chain secure so as to not tangle in your beard or hit the screen.

Followed for that one xD

#15 Posted by Sooty (8082 posts) -

@Groof said:

@Ravenlight said:

Grow a luxurious olde-timey beard and rub your face all over the screen. Bonus points for wearing a top hat.

The beard is halfway done ;)

@Sooty said:

Buy a cheap screen cleaning solution like Dr. Magic.

I don't really see the point in a case or screen protector for the Vita, with a phone I can understand it because you actually walk around while using those, but you don't walk around while playing a Vita so it's less likely to get scratched, just put it in a slip case when going in bags and such.

@mwng said:

I tend to use cheapy window cleaner (it's like water but evaporates quicker, so it doesn't leave marks) and a glasses cloth.

And it's never too late to get a screen protector, I'd much rather replace one of them than the Vita screen. Suggest not going really cheap, the better quality ones are hardly noticeable once applied.

I dunno what kind of situation you guys are getting into with a Vita where scratching the screen is possible. Playing on a couch, on a train, a plane, in a car? How can you scratch it?! It should always be protected in bags with a slip case or something, but otherwise I just don't see the point in total screen protection. Don't leave it in a place where someone might drop keys on it or something and there's no issue, I put mine at the back of a drawer when not being used.

and screen protectors really won't do much if you drop the thing, so again, how can you scratch the screen so bad when you're probably sitting stationary while using it?

I dunno, nails and shit? Sometimes screens seem to scratch for the hell of it. The screen protector is for the extra protection, probably due to all the shit that's stuck on your fingers. I barely use them, anyway so I don't know.

If your nails are scratching Vita screens then:

1) Trim your nails you bloody oaf.

2) Those kind of scratches will be invisible when the screen is on and probably not noticeable unless you put your eye to the screen and hold it under light at an angle, these really aren't worth using a screen protector for.

#16 Posted by Snail (8663 posts) -

@Sooty said:

@Snail said:

@AlisterCat said:

I never use screen protectors on anything. I'd rather scratch it.

What?

Probably because screen protectors often bubble or make the screen look dimmer, and cleaning them is usually annoying.

I think if you apply them properly air bubbles shouldn't be a problem, and screen protectors that don't really worsen the quality of the image by any significant measure are easy to come by. Even if you don't like them saying that you'd rather have your screen scratched is just plain silly.

#17 Posted by Groof (18 posts) -

@Sooty said:

If your nails are scratching Vita screens then:

1) Trim your nails you bloody oaf.

Why cut your nails when you can play a video game?

I cut my nails on a regular basis

#18 Posted by AlisterCat (5736 posts) -

@Snail said:

@Sooty said:

@Snail said:

@AlisterCat said:

I never use screen protectors on anything. I'd rather scratch it.

What?

Probably because screen protectors often bubble or make the screen look dimmer, and cleaning them is usually annoying.

I think if you apply them properly air bubbles shouldn't be a problem, and screen protectors that don't really worsen the quality of the image by any significant measure are easy to come by. Even if you don't like them saying that you'd rather have your screen scratched is just plain silly.

No. I pay for the design. I would rather my iPhone break than put a case or screen protector on it. Foolish if you aren't careful, but I am. Same with Vita or anything else. I don't want to compromise the design or clarity of the screen in any way.

#19 Edited by Snail (8663 posts) -

@AlisterCat said:

@Snail said:

@Sooty said:

@Snail said:

@AlisterCat said:

I never use screen protectors on anything. I'd rather scratch it.

What?

Probably because screen protectors often bubble or make the screen look dimmer, and cleaning them is usually annoying.

I think if you apply them properly air bubbles shouldn't be a problem, and screen protectors that don't really worsen the quality of the image by any significant measure are easy to come by. Even if you don't like them saying that you'd rather have your screen scratched is just plain silly.

No. I pay for the design. I would rather my iPhone break than put a case or screen protector on it. Foolish if you aren't careful, but I am. Same with Vita or anything else. I don't want to compromise the design or clarity of the screen in any way.

I kind of get that you like the design of your products so much that you don't want to put covers on them, but screen protectors? There are screen protectors that are hardly noticeable. Like, you almost have to squint at the edges of the screen to notice it's there.

Then again, I guess it's not hard to imagine how someone could be a freak for the industrial pristine quality these products bear when they're untouched. Props to you if you actually manage to keep them immaculately undamaged.

#20 Posted by TechHits (1391 posts) -

@AlisterCat said:

No. I pay for the design. I would rather my iPhone break than put a case or screen protector on it. Foolish if you aren't careful, but I am. Same with Vita or anything else. I don't want to compromise the design or clarity of the screen in any way.

I'm guessing you never leave the house with your vita.

#21 Edited by AlisterCat (5736 posts) -

@TechHits: I do not. I play handhelds around the house and in bed. I think it's an insane idea to try and play Persona 4 in short bursts on a bus ride or something.

#22 Posted by GooieGreen (454 posts) -

@AlisterCat said:

@TechHits: I do not. I play handhelds around the house and in bed. I think it's an insane idea to try and play Persona 4 in short bursts on a bus ride or something.

But aren't insane ideas in the spirit of Persona?

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