27" iMac - Big Enough for Two Documents?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by johnhackworth, Nov 23, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2011

    I currently have a Mac Pro with two 23" displays. I often use the two displays in order to have two documents (Word, Excel, PowerPoin) open - one on each.

    I am considering moving to a 27" iMac. My question is: Is a 27" screen large enough to sensibly see two portrait orientation Office documents?

    This is clearly a subjective question so I'd welcome any opinions - especially from people who have moved from dual monitors to a single 27" one.


  2. macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2012
    You can perfectly manage two documents on a 21.5 inch screens....... Why do you need a 27"? Just for two documents? Do you need glasses? xD
  3. macrumors newbie

    Apr 15, 2011
    yes, two documents scaled at 200% side by side.

    but of course, coming from a dual monitor, you are essentially going down from 3840 (1920x2) to 2560 horizontal pixels (assuming both your 23" are 1920 wide).
  4. thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2011
    Yup. I do wear glasses. As I say, it's subjective, however *I* couldn't comfortably edit two documents side-by-side on a 21.5" or 23" screen.


    That's pretty good. My 23" will only do two A4 documents at 144% - which is below my comfort level.
  5. macrumors regular


    Jun 26, 2012
    Near Glasgow - Scotland
    I find the iMac 27" screen great for two documents to a screen. I use Zinio a lot to read magazines and I find the screen is perfect for displaying two pages at a resolution I can easily read without any zooming.
  6. macrumors regular

    Oct 20, 2011
    Editing two documents on the 27" is totally do-able. It's one of the reasons that I went with that model.

    It's nice to watch videos while writing too haha.

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