iMac Screen Size Question

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  1. cgratti macrumors 6502a

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    What are the "actual" sizes of the screens for the 17" & 20" iMacs?

    I have read the 17" iMac's screen is the same size as a 19" CRT screen. If correct, is the 20" screen is the same as a 22" CRT?
     
  2. Mertzen macrumors 6502

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    It means that the viewable size of an iMac 17" will be about the same as a viewable size of a 17" CRT .. the CRT will still look bigger .. more might fir on a CRT depending on its resolution ..

    It always sounded more like a marketing trick anyway ..
     
  3. Daveway macrumors 68040

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    The sizes are measured diagnaly across the screen.
     
  4. cgratti thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I know, can someone witn an iMac please measue the size of the screen on a 20" and 17" for me.
     
  5. mrgreen4242 macrumors 601

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    You've got that backwards... a 19" CRT has 18" viewable inches... a 17" LCD has 17" viewable inches. So a LCD will give you more screen-estate per "advertised" inch than a CRT. So, for example, a 17" LCD would have the save vieable screen space as an 18" CRT, if such a thing were made. And, actually, alot of LCDs are acutally .1" bigger than advertised, and alot of CRTs are .1" smaller than even the 1" 'standard' deduction. So a 19" CRT is often 17.9" viewable inchesd, and a 17" LCD is often 17.1" viewable inches. In practice an LCD is often times as 'good' as a CRT 2" bigger.

    To answer the OP, I don't have an iMac, but I am pretty sure that the 17" iMac is a full 17". It is however a widescreen aspect ratio, so in terms of SQUARE inches, it has less than an equally sized (17 VIEWABLE inches) standard screen of either LCD or CRT.

    Rob
     

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