24" iMac questions

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  1. cmm macrumors 6502a

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    Does anyone own one? How does the monitor look? I'm considering buying one soon.
     
  2. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Many people own them, and the general consensus is that people love them (although there are exceptions). What would you be using it for?
     
  3. cmm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Hi jsw!

    Nothing serious - just watching HDTV, writing papers, AdiumX, Firefox, and stuff like that. I'll open Photoshop once in awhile.
     
  4. Flyinace2000 macrumors 6502a

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    24" is a wonderful amount of screen space to have. Lots and lots and lots of pixels.
     
  5. cmm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah, and I hope the speed is amazing as well. :)
     
  6. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    Don't worry about speed cmm, the 24" iMac with a Core 2 Duo processor will be a screamer! :D :)
     
  7. cmm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Does anyone know if there is a noticable difference when watching HDTV with the colours?
     
  8. iKwick7 macrumors 65816

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    I absolutely love mine! She's got a couple dead pixels, but I don't notice them really. I was afraid 24" would be too big- especially in my tiny, tiny bedroom in my tiny, tiny apartmen- but i's perfect! I am very happy that I didn' get the 20" instead.
     
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    Uhh, just look down the board and I think you'll find the answers to your questions.
     
  11. Flyinace2000 macrumors 6502a

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    I watch HDTV on mine and its very nice. I am using iRecord to capture mpeg2 streams from my HD cablebox. its nice set up and gives mes nice footage.
     
  12. Demon Hunter macrumors 68020

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    The screen is amazing, a little dim on the sides though. No dead pixels.
     
  13. zwida macrumors 6502a

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    How do you connect your iMac to your cable box? Does your box's firewire connection actually work?
     
  14. Richie79 macrumors newbie

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    I got my 24" last friday and brought it back on tuesday. I had 10 to 12 stuck pixels on my screen. Ill be getting a whole new iMac 24" in 2 or 3 weeks or so :)
     
  15. orangezorki macrumors 6502a

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    The screen goes for two things - size and brightness. While it does look good, the high constrast, slightly uneven backlighting and inability to turn the backlight down that much means that it is a poor choice for graphics and photo work. For watching DVDs, though, it is excellent.

    For those interested in a top-notch display, I've just seen that Eizo, here in the UK at least, have dropped the price on their 24" display to about the same as the 23" ACD - that really is a bargain.

    David
     
  16. cmm thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks David, I appreciate the response. I won't be doing heavy-duty graphics work, but rather more of a home end thing, so it seems the iMac will be good for me (cf. watching DVDs).
     
  17. wchong macrumors 6502

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    my 24" imac is on a fedex truck for delivery. i'm stoked and bummed cuz i can't see it until sunday when i come back. i'm going out of town today so ugh! how annoying
     
  18. Razorhog macrumors 65816

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    I've had my 24" for 5 days. I absolutely love it. Using my PC, which has a 17" LCD monitor, feels like looking at a postage stamp.
    This thing is amazing - runs windows xp faster than any other machine I have used too! I'm playing Doom 3 in windows and it runs in 1600x1200 with video options maxed out ( I opted for the video card upgrade and glad I did).
     
  19. jsw Moderator emeritus

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    Download iRecord and run a Firewire cable from your cable box to your Mac.

    If you're in the US, I think the provider must give you a FW-equipped box if you demand one.

    Most (but not all) boxes (and providers) will work with iRecord and will allow you to record programming - but iRecord will not let you watch simultaneously (on the Mac - of course you can watch on a TV connected to the cable box) and requires that the box be tuned to what you're recording (obviously).

    On the other hand, if prices are like here, for ~US$120/year, you can rent a second cable box and record HD. Storage requirements are steep though - 6+ GB/hour, as it records the stream itself with no compression.
     

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