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

    May 6, 2005
    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

    Jan 8, 2003
    Columbus, OH
    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


    Mar 16, 2004
    Andover, MA
    Agreed - the 20" has 36% more pixels. Over 4/3 the screen real estate. Worth it, in my opinion.
  4. mariahlullaby macrumors 6502a


    Jan 19, 2005
    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

    May 19, 2002
    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


    Aug 2, 2004
    The 20" is actually a much better screen overall - look at the performance specs:

    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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