For your eyes only

3M's new screen filters for PCs and notebooks scare off unwanted screen peekers — may the paranoid and inhabitants of unfortunate desk locations alike breathe a sigh of private relief.

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By  Kate Concannon Published  September 24, 2001

Cubicle culture, quite simply, is inegalitarian. In any enclave, there’s the nook cubicle, the near perfect cubicle, the perfect cubicle, and then there’s the Public Domain. The Public Domain is that unfortunate cubicle — the slum of office real estate — known as the “high traffic environment”. It’s the desk area no one wants (but someone must have), and past which every Tom, Dick, and Harry can stroll and glare at your computer screen. That is to say, glare into your professional soul. Frightening.

Thankfully 3M has developed a most sensible solution for sufferers within the demographic: the PF Privacy Filter range. Utilising micro-louvre technology [a scaled down and teched-up version of the system that allows you near clear vision from a toilet cubicle whilst no one can see in], the privacy filters effectively black out the screen for anyone who is not positioned directly in front of it, thereby providing privacy and confidentiality.

The series, including the PF 400L, PF 400XL and PF 450L, is designed to fit monitors with screens of any size ranging from 13” to 21” (a notebook version is also available). The privacy filters will also function simultaneously as anti-glare shields, capable of reducing static and 99.9% of ELF/VLF E-field radiation.

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