Quoted from Purpledrilmonkey:
So if we're all good with this new translate/BG thing... my question is does it have to be glued/stuck to the glass. If it does that's fine. But if this is basically a fancy translight and it can be 'loose' like a normal translate, having it 'permanently' stuck to the glass is IMO undesireable as it could then be easily swapped for a replacement or alternate translight if desired, with the LE one potentially framed or sold if desired. There are a few pro translights that I feel are better than LE BG's in the past that would be neat to swap in without having to babysit a whole chunk of LE glass.
Well I'm speaking without any knowledge of how this really works, so it's hard to truly respond, but I do have a few thoughts on that.
One, glass is cheap. So if you want to pull it and put in a different translite it's really no big deal to get some new glass. I don't see it as Stern's job to make things easy to swap. And that's speaking as someone who's obviously very much in favor of translite swapping.
But more than that, for me it's really a "what's the difference?" question. If if looks good, then who cares how they did it? You got a great looking backglass with mirroring, right? If it's a fused layer or screened on the glass what's the big deal either way? If the fused layer really does offer better color and sharpness, then hey, win.
Translites usually have a little ripple and wave to them. I see it when the light is right. It's not a big deal, but fused to the glass will avoid that, for a cleaner looks. Works for me.
I just don't see this as being a trick or a rip off so long as people like the way the end result looks.