17" or 20" iMac

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by shamuscrom, Sep 14, 2006.

  1. shamuscrom macrumors newbie

    Aug 31, 2006
    I am a windows user only because of my work and I just got married. I am looking at getting a new iMac and was wondering whether to get the 17" or 20" iMac. I use Autocad. I am currently using a 17" crt at home and a 19" crt at work. The 17" is way too small for me, and the 19" almost works. The iMac will be my new home machine and was wondering if anyone knew the actual square measurement of the 17" and the 20" iMacs screen, and which one to buy? Also should I get Applecare?
  2. CrEsTo macrumors 6502


    Jun 23, 2006
  3. briantology macrumors 6502

    Jun 5, 2006
    Easy for you to say. You have a 24" :rolleyes:

    But yea, go with the 20". The 17" isn't bad, but I'm going for the 20" so it's not as cramped.
  4. chrisblore macrumors regular

    May 10, 2004
    Essex, UK
    Definitely get the 20" as the others have already said. It really is an absolute beast of a machine and I have to say I was surprised at just how huge the screen actually is when I got it out of the box!

    There is easily enough space to have two decent sized workspaces up on screen at the same time if that is what you require, which really surprised me having come from a 15" laptop screen :)
  5. Artful Dodger macrumors 68020

    Artful Dodger

    May 28, 2004
    In a false sense of reality...My Mind!
    Go with the 20" as I had a 17" iMac and sold it because I needed more screen for my Flash stuff. Since the upgrade I'm very happy with the extra space that I gained just not as happy as if I would've went with the 20" the first time around :rolleyes:
  6. thechris69 macrumors 6502


    Nov 11, 2005
    Get the 20inch... i ordered the 17inch because I couldnt afford the 20inch... minimum wage can only go so far... honestly the 20inch, when you see one you will understand where these other people are coming from, its absolutely massive...
  7. pianoman macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    i also suggest the 20". i think you'll enjoy the extra screen real estate :)
  8. carfac macrumors 65816


    Feb 18, 2006
    No question. Not just the screen size, the bump in HDD size is important, too. 20 all the way.
  9. dmw007 macrumors G4


    May 26, 2005
    Working for MI-6
    Go with the 20" iMac shamuscrom- it offers a great blend of performance, price, and screen size. :)
  10. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
  11. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
  12. FFTT macrumors 68030


    Apr 17, 2004
    A Stoned Throw From Ground Zero
    Larger screen because you're spending a large part of your life looking at it
    every day.

    I went from a Sony 17" to this Dell 24" and it is simply amazing what it does for your workflow and overall experience.

    To me it's the perfect size for Pro apps and their work surfaces.

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