iMac 20" or 24" - ehMac.ca
Facebook
Twitter
YouTube
Register FAQ Members List Calendar Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Advertise


Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old Mar 3rd, 2009, 05:15 PM   #1
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 125
iMac 20" or 24"

I was waiting for iMac refresh for the past two months. Now that the new iMacs are released, I can finally make the decision to buy refurb. But which one?

iMac 20-inch 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
20-inch glossy widescreen display
2GB memory
320GB hard drive
8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory

or

iMac 24-inch 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
24-inch glossy widescreen display
2GB memory
320GB hard drive
8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory

The most noticable difference is 2-inch of display. I am sure I won't notice the 0.2GHz CPU difference. My question is, is it worth the extra $200?

I heard some bad things about the 20-inch display so I am slightly inclinded to buy the 24-incher, although at this point, the wife is convinced that it would be too big for our desk.

Thanks for your attention and intelligent input.
develove is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old Mar 3rd, 2009, 06:24 PM   #2
Honourable Citizen
 
fyrefly's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Toronto, Ontario
Posts: 4,415
I do my panel rant again...

The 20" iMac has a 6-bit TN Panel LCD screen. Otherwise it's great, and probably more computer than anyone who uses it ever needs.

The 24" iMac has an 8-bit PVA Panel LCD. It's a way better quality, can actually display more colours (without dithering), displays more accurate colours, and has way better viewing angles.

Here's a picture of a TN beside a PVA for viewing angles... the colours and brightness all drop off significantly when you're at all off-axis.

__________________
Steve Jobs re: iTunes on Windows: "It's like giving a glass of ice water to somebody in hell"
fyrefly is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 3rd, 2009, 08:41 PM   #3
Honourable Citizen
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 17,680
Quote:
Originally Posted by develove View Post
I was waiting for iMac refresh for the past two months. Now that the new iMacs are released, I can finally make the decision to buy refurb. But which one?

iMac 20-inch 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
20-inch glossy widescreen display
2GB memory
320GB hard drive
8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory

or

iMac 24-inch 2.8GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
24-inch glossy widescreen display
2GB memory
320GB hard drive
8x SuperDrive (DVD±R DL/DVD±RW/CD-RW)
ATI Radeon HD 2600 PRO with 256MB memory

The most noticable difference is 2-inch of display. I am sure I won't notice the 0.2GHz CPU difference. My question is, is it worth the extra $200?

I heard some bad things about the 20-inch display so I am slightly inclinded to buy the 24-incher, although at this point, the wife is convinced that it would be too big for our desk.

Thanks for your attention and intelligent input.
If you can afford it financially and spatially go with the 24 incher. You will notice the display difference especially if you like to tweak your own photos before having a colour lab print them. Also easier to get an inkjet printer to match the display. Using a dithered display (20") is more of a mid nineties thing. It was a temporary solution to weak video cards and slow processors. Both issues are relics of the last millennium and it is disgraceful that Apple is still using a monitor that requires dithering on a computer that is otherwise absolutely superb.
__________________
I do not embed ad links. I do not endorse any products which may be linked to my posts. Do not click on those links.

I retain all rights to photo-images I have posted on ehMac. They were posted that other members of the community could enjoy them. They may not be used or sold in any other way without my written consent.

Social Distancing is an Oxymoron. The correct term is Social Demonization or Social Repression. Bandits, thieves and politically correct thugs hide behind masks.

Last edited by eMacMan; Mar 4th, 2009 at 12:51 PM.
eMacMan is offline   Reply With Quote
 
Old Mar 3rd, 2009, 11:02 PM   #4
Full Citizen
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Posts: 37
I bought the 20" after months of indecision and I made the wrong decision. Thankfully, Apple is saving my butt and letting me exchange it for a 24" (refreshed model no less) well beyond their exchange period.

Why the 24"? Screen Screen Screen. Size really does matter on this one. Additionally, if you love iPhoto and work with any mass of images the extra square inches and resolution will matter.
IAmCanadian is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 3rd, 2009, 11:16 PM   #5
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 125
Thanks, guys. Your comments did help me make a sound decision.
develove is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 3rd, 2009, 11:57 PM   #6
New Neighbour
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Posts: 19
Ohhh the $1399 price tag on that makes it so appealing. I would definitely go for the 24" for the difference in the screen alone, let alone the faster processor. Too bad I don't need a new desktop right now! I will seriously consider a refurbished product next time.
Murph is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 4th, 2009, 05:56 AM   #7
Honourable Citizen
 
chas_m's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2007
Location: Victoria BC
Posts: 11,953
Send a message via AIM to chas_m
Quote:
Originally Posted by fyrefly View Post
I do my panel rant again...
Fyrefly:

Thanks for bringing a level of realism and accuracy to the "here we go again" issue of 6-bit v 8-bit screens.

As most computer users do not spend much time looking at their computers at odd angles, this is not as big an issue as some people make out for typical users. But for people who need something better than yer basic LCD, the 8-bit screens are visibly a better choice.
chas_m is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 4th, 2009, 07:12 AM   #8
Full Citizen
 
mac_geek's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Richmond Hill, Ontario
Posts: 923
Send a message via AIM to mac_geek Send a message via MSN to mac_geek Send a message via Skype™ to mac_geek
In a related question, I've read that 6 bit panels have faster refresh rates than 8 bit panels. How does this manifest itself in real world computing? Is there ghosting when watching videos on the 24" iMac? Depending on the OP's needs, this may be a factor...
mac_geek is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 4th, 2009, 10:42 AM   #9
Honourable Citizen
 
Join Date: Nov 2006
Posts: 17,680
Quote:
Originally Posted by mac_geek View Post
In a related question, I've read that 6 bit panels have faster refresh rates than 8 bit panels. How does this manifest itself in real world computing? Is there ghosting when watching videos on the 24" iMac? Depending on the OP's needs, this may be a factor...
I have seen a 20" iMac side by side with a 24" iMac. Both had the same desktop image but the 20" showed a halo effect in areas that were clean gradients on the 24". Problem becomes more obvious when you use PC rather than Mac gamma setting. If you are working with photos you should of course use PC gamma settings as prints from your printer or your favourite photo lab will come much closer to matching your display. Also a good idea if you email photos to Windozed friends.
__________________
I do not embed ad links. I do not endorse any products which may be linked to my posts. Do not click on those links.

I retain all rights to photo-images I have posted on ehMac. They were posted that other members of the community could enjoy them. They may not be used or sold in any other way without my written consent.

Social Distancing is an Oxymoron. The correct term is Social Demonization or Social Repression. Bandits, thieves and politically correct thugs hide behind masks.
eMacMan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old Mar 4th, 2009, 12:42 PM   #10
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Posts: 18
imac 20" vrs 24"

Hello!

I was in the imac frame of mind a few years ago. I was tired at looking
at my smaller Apple LCD screen from my Power Mac G4 (466Mhz)
I decided to buy the Imac 24" Dual Core 2.8Ghz model instead
of the smaller 20"imac. There is no problem with screen glare, or
Ilife programs. I have been using idvd, itunes, iphoto
this machine really is amazing.

I don't know you budget, but I quite enjoy the larger
24" screen to preview DVDs & photos! Hope this helps!

May the imac be with you

G4Ever
G4Ever is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
For Sale 24" IMac - 2.4Ghz, 4G RAM, 320G HD Dave K Mac Desktops 0 Feb 21st, 2009 04:48 PM
Price check: iMac G5 20" archimed Anything Mac 3 Jan 13th, 2007 01:14 PM
Help me decide between 20" and 24" iMac ablatt Anything Mac 5 Jan 3rd, 2007 03:12 PM
Cost of a Dell XPS M2010 vs. 20" iMac zoziw Anything Mac 11 Sep 10th, 2006 06:03 PM
Price/Interest Check: iMac G4 20" 1.25 ghz CN Anything Mac 12 Jan 12th, 2006 09:16 PM


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:12 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2021 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.
Copyright © 1999 - 2012, ehMac.ca All rights reserved. ehMac is not affiliated with Apple Inc. Mac, iPod, iTunes, iPhone, Apple TV are trademarks of Apple Inc. Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 RC 2

Tribe.ca: Urban living in Toronto!