How is 720p/1080p quality on iMac?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by nemesis379, Feb 9, 2013.

  1. nemesis379, Feb 9, 2013
    Last edited: Feb 9, 2013

    macrumors member

    Dec 26, 2012
    I'm looking at buying an iMac, but my deciding factor is Movies. I watch a lot of movies, so I need to know if the 720p/1080p up-scaled to 1440p looks any good in comparison to a 1080p monitor?

    If it doesn't look that good then I'll most probably go for an Macbook Pro Retina with 1080P a monitor.

  2. macrumors 601


    Oct 26, 2009
    The MBPRs don't have 1080P displays. They will upscale as well. Only the 21.5" iMac has a 1080p monitor. The 27" iMac displaying 1080p in a window will have a window size of 20.25", making it bigger than any MBP.

  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 26, 2012
    When I wrote display, I meant monitor, 1080p monitor.
  4. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2009
    Yes, I have used a 21.5 inch iMac with a 1920x1080 display and a 27 inch iMac with a 2560x1440 display, and both play 1080p video that looks very good.

    I don't really know how to quantify that, but I have no complaints. As good as any TV.

    You will notice, however, that the display tends to crush the blacks a bit, which is sort of annoying in dark scenes in movies. This can be fixed just by calibrating the display either in System Preferences, or by buying a proper color calibrator.
  5. macrumors 65816


    Oct 5, 2006
    London, United Kingdom
    I have a lot of 1080p content and can confirm that there's no issues with quality. It's a very good display for video.
  6. thread starter macrumors member

    Dec 26, 2012

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