17" or 20" iMac

shamuscrom

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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?
 

briantology

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Jun 5, 2006
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CrEsTo said:
Go for the 20" !! You won't regreat.
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.
 

chrisblore

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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 :)
 

thechris69

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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...
 

pianoman

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i also suggest the 20". i think you'll enjoy the extra screen real estate :)
 

carfac

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

FFTT

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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.