Review - BoxWave ClearTouch Ultra Anti-Glare screen protector for Surface Pro 3

The Surface Pro 3 is a magnificent device, but it is also a pretty hefty investment, regardless of which model you get. For that reason, you want to protect it as much as you can. A good case or sleeve will get you far. However, you may want to go that extra mile and get yourself a screen protector as well.

The BoxWave ClearTouch Ultra, anti-glare screen protector, has some admirable qualities, but it may not be for everyone.


The only way installing this screen protector could be easier is if someone from BoxWave came to your house and applied it for you. They have included everything you need:

  • Screen protector
  • Wet wipe
  • Drywipe
  • Microfiber cleaning cloth

The process is simple. First, you clean the screen with the wet wipe. Then use the dry cloth to get off any remaining fingerprints etc. Lastly, peel the plastic off the back of the screen protector and stick it to the Surface Pro 3. Make sure all of the cutouts line up and then make sure the edges are securely stuck to the device.

The ClearTouch Ultra is designed in such a way that there are no air bubbles to smooth out, so the application is quick and hassle-free.

What I like about it

I've had plenty of screen protectors that were a pain in the behind to apply because of air bubbles and plastic squeegees. The ClearTouch Ultra eliminates that issue, which is hugely appealing.

The adhesive that attaches the screen protector to the Surface is sticky enough to keep it on, but does not leave any residue when you remove it. If you decide you don't like it, then no harm done and no mess made. It can also be removed and re-applied at least once or twice without losing stickiness.

I also appreciate the anti-glare effect on this screen protector. I use my Surface in various environments and often find that it can be challenging working on the highly-reflective screen when there are bright lights around. The ClearTouch does a fantastic job of cutting down on the glare.

Using your finger on the touch screen is pretty fluid. And although fingerprints are not entirely eliminated with the ClearTouch, the amount of smudging on the screen is much less compared to a bare screen.

The not-so-good

As for writing with the Surface Pen goes, it isn't nearly as smooth as it is directly on the Surface Pro 3's glass. There is a little bit of friction, so if you press too hard, you either get hung up or it makes an unpleasant squeal. This effect got better as I got more used to it, but it will undoubtedly annoy some people.

The other thing, about writing on the screen, is that it marks up the ClearTouch. If you turn off your display, you will see lines, the equivalent to smudges, in some of the places you wrote. They can be wiped away with the microfiber cloth and a little bit of pressure.

One minor gripe is that the ClearTouch Ultra covers the Windows button on the bezel of the Surface Pro 3. While this does not hamper the operation of the button itself, there is no symbol to mark where the button is, so it is completely hidden from view.


Lastly, is not so much a complaint as a word of warning to those of you who are not familiar with anti-glare filters. The price you pay for the reduced glare is less vibrancy and clarity, and the BoxWave ClearTouch Ultra is no exception. I adjusted to it relatively quickly, but I know there are some people out there who will hate it.

If you are particular about your display and are only looking to protect your screen, you should steer clear of anti-glare screens, including this one.

Similarly, if you are a heavy user of the Surface Pen, there is a high likelihood that you will be annoyed by the ClearTouch.

However, if you want to take a chance, you can pick it up on Amazon for $18.95, 37% off the retail price of $29.95.

Seth Brodeur