17" vs 20" imac screen measurements needed

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by sarcoptic, May 6, 2005.

  1. sarcoptic macrumors newbie

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    I just contacted my apple store and they finally got the new imacs in. I am seriously still debating between a 17" midrange and the 20". The only differences are the hd size and the screen. With funding in mind I can go the 20" route or pick up a 17" with both wireless mouse and keyboard. I am leaning towards that cause $300 for 3" of screen and 90 gig more hard drive doesn't seem that big of deal....plus if they modify the span doctor program to include the newer ati chipset I can always throw another monitor on in the future...just looking for what people decided to do and how they came about the decision....thanks!
     
  2. OnaMacSince1989 macrumors member

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    I originally expected to get a 17", but after the update was announced and the price dropped $100 on the top model, I splurged and ordered a 20". I know that a 3" difference doesn't sound like much, but it's actually 36% (over 1/3rd) more viewing space! :eek:
     
  3. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Agreed - the 20" has 36% more pixels. Over 4/3 the screen real estate. Worth it, in my opinion.
     
  4. mariahlullaby macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed; after looking at the 17" and 20" in the store, the 20" is much better IMO. Bigger, brighter, clearer.
     
  5. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

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    The answer to the thread title is here... http://www.apple.com/imac/specs.html

    Size and weight (20-inch)
    * Height: 18.6 inches (47.2 cm)
    * Width: 19.4 inches (49.3 cm)
    * Depth: 7.4 inches (18.9 cm)
    * Weight: 25.2 pounds (11.4 kg)5

    Size and weight (17-inch)
    * Height: 16.9 inches (43.0 cm)
    * Width: 16.8 inches (42.6 cm)
    * Depth: 6.8 inches (17.3 cm)
    * Weight: 18.5 pounds (8.4 kg)6
     
  6. emw macrumors G4

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    The 20" is actually a much better screen overall - look at the performance specs:

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    Typical viewing angle:
      17-inch models
         120° horizontal
         90° vertical
      20-inch model
         170° horizontal
         170° vertical
    
    Typical brightness: 200 cd/m (17-inch models); 230 cd/m (20-inch model)
     

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