17 or 20 inch iMac?

rtjstevens

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I need a replacement for my G4 which is now over 5 years old. I can get ed discount (BTW -connected to another thread , it IS cheaper if you 'phone Apple and order rather than from the web site!).

My question: Is the 20 inch worth the extra dosh? Yes i know about the differences in specs but I was wondering more about:
1. Is the 20 inch a better screen (I've heard rumours that it is -fewer parallax distortions etc)
2. Are there fewer (if any) heat dissipation problems with the cpu on max speed?

and, generally, have the frying problems with the rev A machines now completely resolved with the spec B machines.

Thanks

RTJ
 

gwuMACaddict

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i love my revB 20inch iMac. beautiful screen, very fast (photo editing, video, etc.) and i fold with it 24/7- hasn't burned up yet ;) :D
 
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Zman5225

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if I were going to get a new iMac i'd definately shoot for the 20". The screen size alone makes it worth it for me.
 
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emw

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Screen on the 20" is much better than the 17", both in size and brightness. I'd go with that instead, if you can afford it.
 
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zim

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If you are capable of debating it due to having the funds then just go 20. I have a 20 and love it, could never think of going to a smaller screen, well unless it is portable then I go 12" ;)

And I know it is in another thread... but what is all this talk about ordering on the phone from edu is less then ordering online?
 
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combatcolin

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The only real issue with the 20" is the graphics card, as the top of the range machine you really should be getting a beefier card than the entry level model...

Its always been a toss up between a 20" imac or a entry level Dual G5.

Still havn't decided yet.
 
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rtjstevens

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Apple ed In UK

zim said:
And I know it is in another thread... but what is all this talk about ordering on the phone from edu is less then ordering online?

The Imac is £1126 from the Apple ed store (normal price is £1199 -but with TWO years warranty if you buy from John Lewis stores in UK -but I digress...). I phoned the Apple ed store and asked if they did have lower prices if you ordered on-line; answer: 'yes'! I could get a further £18 off the price of the iMac + full Applecare would be approx £80 (rather than £115). Not a great deal better I know - but tempting!

Thanks for all the advice everone

Bw

RTJ
 
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zim

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rtjstevens said:
The Imac is £1126 from the Apple ed store (normal price is £1199 -but with TWO years warranty if you buy from John Lewis stores in UK -but I digress...). I phoned the Apple ed store and asked if they did have lower prices if you ordered on-line; answer: 'yes'! I could get a further £18 off the price of the iMac + full Applecare would be approx £80 (rather than £115). Not a great deal better I know - but tempting!

Thanks for all the advice everone

Bw

RTJ
Interesting... I will have to call the US edu store line to see if it is the same (with my luck it is not). So far I have purchased via web and inside an apple store and both were = in price.

Thanks for explaining the tip :) good luck with your decision.
 
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mulletman13

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Hrmm... I totally wanted the 20", but a 40% price increase over the 17" 1.8ghz iMac... I just can't afford that being a college student.

Plus I have another 17" LCD around here somewhere that I will use for extra screen real estate... but I really, really wanted the 20" -- go for it if you have the cash.
 
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dops7107

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rtjstevens said:
The Imac is £1126 from the Apple ed store
RTJ
How are you configuring that iMac? Going to the educational store through Oxford Uni's network, the 20 incher as standard is £1043 inc VAT. There should be at least 10% discount - £1043 is more, over the £1199.

BTW, based on the price diff between 17 and 20 inch, I'd go 20: it's not that much in the long run and it's a much nicer machine to live with and easier to sell in the future.
 

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rtjstevens

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Ed pricing

dops7107 said:
How are you configuring that iMac? Going to the educational store through Oxford Uni's network, the 20 incher as standard is £1043 inc VAT. There should be at least 10% discount - £1043 is more, over the £1199.
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Thanks; I guess it's because I work in FE and you work (as a student or lecturer) in HE. The HE site for Apple Ed can only be reached from within the HE's network and I bet they give bigger discounts! Shame!

Thanks anyway -always knew I should have worked that little bit harder to become a Uni lecturer.
BW

RTJ :)
 
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lopresmb

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bigger and better!!

Having used both side by side, that 20" is really sweet, in that the 3" really does make quite a difference, AND, it has a better resolution (unlike the larger screen iBook, which I still do not really understand). Advice, get the 20" - it really opens things up quite a bit :)
 
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devilot

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Before I actually set mine up, I thought that 20" sounded/looked a bit ridiculous, now I can't imagine using any smaller of a display for a desktop. :D So get the 20", bigger scree, higher resolution, and a slightly larger HD.
 
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