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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2007 6:58 pm    Post subject: 20" or 24" iMac? Reply with quote

I've been looking into buying a new iMac for quite a while now and I was wondering what others views are on whether the best bang for your buck is a 20" or 24" iMac. You see I've configured the 20" iMac with a 2.33GHz processor, 256MB GPU, 2GB RAM, BT keyboard and mouse, and best of all...the total cost before tax was $2059 on the Apple site. The 24" iMac with base specs is around $400 more than the base 20". Is 4" really worth that much to anyone else (female users are excluded from this question)? Before I visited the Apple store yesterday I was gung-ho for the almost maxed out 20", but after using the 24"...WOW, it's actually does make a huge difference having that extra screen space!

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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2007 7:23 pm    Post subject: 24 Reply with quote

just got 24 today. it is great but it is really big on a desk in front of you. makes fonts look really small. i love it but i think it is really overkill for most people size wise.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2007 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks gdog,

I know that a 17" is too small for my needs and for the price/performance I think that the 20" proabaly would suit my needs just fine. The 24" did steal my heart though...
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2007 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I say go with the 20" and with the extra money upgrade the RAM or HD.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 22, 2007 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I say go with the 24.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 2:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="danrel"]Thanks gdog,

I know that a 17" is too small for my needs and for the price/performance I think that the 20" proabaly would suit my needs just fine. The 24" did steal my heart though...[/quote]
It is all about what you will be happy with and what you are willing to spend.

If the 24" truly stole your heart, you are doing yourself a disservice buying anything else!
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 11:35 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I wanting a new iMac too. Very Happy
I would say that the 20" iMac is the best all round, it has more options than the 17" incher and can do the is practically the same as the 24"incher appart form the fact that it is bigger.

The 20" iMac i think is the better value iMac. My iMac's screen just isn't big enough any more Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Go for the 20" - If you get the 24" I will just be so jealous!!!

Seriously, do you have space for the 24? You will be sitting pretty close to it...

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 4:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 24" supports 1080P the 20" does not. Keep in mind you will simply be HD ready with the 24" you'll then need HD content and a HD source.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Bill,

Does the 20" support 1080i? High def doesn't mean that much to me right now as I don't have an HD source. It definitely could in the future though. Screw it, I'll just get the 24" model. The extra screen space would be nice. Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 6:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

[quote="danrel"]Bill,

Does the 20" support 1080i? High def doesn't mean that much to me right now as I don't have an HD source. It definitely could in the future though. Screw it, I'll just get the 24" model. The extra screen space would be nice. Very Happy[/quote]

Hope you don't blind yourself with that monster. When are you planning on purchasing the beast?
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not too sure when I'll be buying it. I've got some saving to do, but I make good money and don't have tooooooo many bills soooo...
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The 20" is 1680x1050 resolution, so no, it doesn't support 1080i or 1080p, because the 1080 refers to vertical resolution, regardless of progressive versus interlaced.

The 30 pixels, however, will probably not be missed. Most video players can just resample the image downward slightly.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks ClunkClunk for the info. I've never really researched HD before.

With that being said I might just opt for the 20". Damn it I'm so back and forth on the subject. Oh well, I'll figure it out.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 23, 2007 7:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's what I would do:
Buy the 20" iMac and use the extra money to buy a second 20" LCD. It's not going to be as pretty as the iMac, but you'll have a lot more screen real estate, which makes life nice Smile
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