1920x1080 vs. 1920x1200 (24")

Discussion in 'iMac' started by swandrix, Jan 24, 2013.

  1. swandrix macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2012
    I'm sorry if this post if a somewhat repeat of earlier discussions, but I could use some help. I bought a new mac mini i7 and want to upgrade my old 4:3monitor. The 23 or 24 inch screens seem to be what I'm after based on available desk size (and poor eyesight). Wanting to spend no more than $300 (no gaming, just casual use and photos) it seems like the Dell U2412M is a popular recommendation.

    Where I'm stuck is on the whole 1920x1080 vs. 1920x1200 thing. Could someone please provide some pro's and con's of the 1920x1200 resolution for a 24" monitor? Seems to offer more "real estate" but some people seem to mention magnifying effects and/or old technology cons. Any and all input is welcome and appreciated!

  2. RedCroissant Suspended

    Aug 13, 2011
    Those two resolutions are so close that either one would be fine. 1920 x 1080 is usually the resolution used for TV/Movies..etc, and 1920 x 1200 is the standard computer monitor resolution and what most games and other applications are written for(I think).

    I would go with the 1920 x 1080. My wife's iMac is the late 2009 model with the 16:9 and it is an awesome display.
  3. AdrainSingapore macrumors member

    Sep 30, 2012
    It all comes down on what you are doing. Casual use can be different for you and me. I now have a 21.5 inch 16:9 iMac and I feel that the 16:9 is awesome. I wouldn't buy the 27" because I just think 16:9 for such a big computer display is too wide. If you want to watch movies, look at photos, I suggest you get the 16:9. If you browse the web more, I suggest you get the 16:10. If I were you I would go for the 16:10.
  4. WilliamG macrumors G3

    Mar 29, 2008
    16:10 is a preferred resolution since vertical space is so limited on smaller 16:9 displays. I have a 23" 16:9 1920x1080 display for gaming and it doesn't give me enough vertical resolution for other things in my opinion.

    My 27: 16:9 iMac does, however, because it's a bigger display.

    Go with the 16:10 for a smaller display (23"/24").
  5. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
    Go for 16:9 (1920x1080) this is the future..all the app all the movies/games will be based on HD, FUll hd etc The others are only very good for read books specs documentary etc.
  6. Mac32 Suspended

    Nov 20, 2010
    I can't stand 16:9 monitors on laptops, as they are both unergonomical and impractical for everything except wathcing movies. However, I prefer 16:9 on larger displays (like my 27' iMac). This way I have plenty of vertical pixels, and also a wide screen for looking at several documents at the same time etc..
  7. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
    21.5" this is not a laptop screen..it's big enough
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Since you mentioned "poor eyesight" (a common problem for many of us, especially us older folks), have you considered one of the 27" "medium-resolution" monitors that has the same resolution as a "standard" 24" monitor?

    That is, 1920 x 1080 ?

    Look at this one:
    (Very nice display at a good price.)

    The pixel pitch on this one is 0.311" - considerably larger than you will find on a 24" display. The total effect is as if you were looking at a 24" image, "slightly blown up".

    Younger folks will look at this and say, "grainy!"
    Older folks will look at it and say, "great!"...

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