20" iMac class action lawsuit.. No news?

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  1. Anaxarxes macrumors regular

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    I live in US and I will buy an 20" iMac for my parents who live in Turkey. I went to Apple store today to closely inspect the 20" iMac. The screen has narrow viewing angle and color changes from bottom of the screen to top of the screen is quite noticeable. My parents are not pro computer users but they would like to do basic home computer entertainment like surfing, printing, photo sharing etc but it's still a big concern for me to buy them the 20" iMac what has an inferior screen.

    I remember the class action lawsuit that was on the news around 1.5 month ago, 6bit TN panels being inferior compared to white iMacs. Anyone has info on this?

    I'm going to visit my family in Late July. Should I wait until WWDC is finished to buy the iMac, hoping maybe they will update the screen ( very unlikely since iMac is selling well, isn't it? )
     
  2. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    Man, the wishful thinking of this forum just boggles the mind.
     
  3. VoodooDaddy macrumors 65816

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    Better buy them a Mac Pro with a 30" ACD. Anything less just wont work for those basic needs.
     
  4. Darkroom Guest

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    isn't that the sad truth... :(
     
  5. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

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    No, plenty of us have 24" with perfectly good screens and you simply have a defective unit. Those who dislike the TN film panel used in 20" and laptops (I am one of them) can just spring for the 24". It has exactly the same footprint as the 20" and is only 3.3" wider and 2" taller.
     
  6. nick9191 macrumors 68040

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    Not to be rude but TBH mate I don't think your parents will give a toss ;)

    It's a consumer computer, it still has a great screen, of course its inferior to a $1800 30" Cinema Display, this doesn't make it a bad screen.
     
  7. kabunaru Guest

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    I would get a Mac Pro with 2 23" Cinema displays. That would be good to get.
     
  8. minik macrumors 65816

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    Honestly, if that's the nature of a TN panel, I don't think the iMac owner should whine about it. They made the decision to purchase that model of iMac, right?

    Mac mini + ACD should be fine.
     
  9. mreg376 macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure, but you can go to IdioticLawsuit.com, where there's also a report on the guy who sued because he bought a Toyota Corolla and it wasn't as good as a Lexus.
     
  10. DesignerOnMac macrumors 6502a

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    1. The 20" iMac screen should be fine for your parents.
    2. I have not read anything about a class action lawsuit....there might be one but I am not aware of it.
    3. The 20" and the 24" iMacs have been selling well, (both the last model and the new one.)
     
  11. Muncher macrumors 65816

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    Haha, that's one of the funniest things I've heard all day. IIRC, toyotas are built off the same platforms as Lexus', but that is ridiculous. You get what you pay for, same with the 20". If you can't afford a 24", get a mini with another monitor. You know what you're buying (unlike me, when I got my 20" in August), but if you think you'll get somehow reimbursed for it, don't hold your breath. Peace.
     
  12. theBB macrumors 68020

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    How are you gonna carry that computer? It is wider than airline limitations for overhead bins and if you place it in checked luggage, there is a good chance the screen will not arrive at your destination in one piece.
     
  13. TheVandit macrumors member

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    I own a 20" imac and you will have a problem if your parents regularly sit directly above or right below th screen haha. Seriously they won't give a crap.
     
  14. Anaxarxes thread starter macrumors regular

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    To be honest I feel brave enough to do it after seeing my friend put his Mac Pro and 2 23" ACDs in his luggage and brought them back to Istanbul :)

    I'm thinking to put the iMac in it's box and put the whole thing in a large suitcase.

    Are you sure that it's box is larger than allowable hand carry bags?
     
  15. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

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    you will probably get anally searched by security if you bring an imac on the plane

    Apple isnt going to update the TN panel, the lawsuit is only about false advertising so the most apple would do if they lose is change the wording on their site.

    The 20" screen may be pure garbage but it gets the job done. For most users its perfectly fine, hell they might think it actually looks better on TN because the gradient it creates adds "flavor" to boring flat colors and it makes the tops of photo's extra contrasty (tests have shown that most people prefer photos with more contrast and saturation in sidebyside comparisons). It is only unacceptable for graphic designers or people who edit photos because of the terrible viewing angle that will change the way you see things (and thus change the way you edit things). Ive used the 20" for graphic design stuff and the viewing angle gradient gets me every freakin time when I bring it home to an S-IPS monitor and see how uneven I made the values to compensate for the vertical gradient.
     
  16. Anaxarxes thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the info.

    Taking on board is my last choice if I can't fit it in my suitcase. If it fits the suitcase, I believe it'll be smooth as my friend took his gigantic Mac Pro with no problems.
     
  17. theBB macrumors 68020

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    The iMac itself is larger than the published limits, but if you take out the stand it may be close. The box would make it way above the mark.

    The new screen is much worse than the old ones, but it is the same as or better than the LCD screens that cost less than $400 I believe.
     
  18. nickf macrumors member

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    TN (twist nematic) panels? Surely it's a TFT display?

    TN screens were common on laptops 15 years ago. I'd be astounded if the current iMacs use them.
     
  19. tmelvin macrumors 6502

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    I have a 20" iMac Alu/2.0. It's fine...How many people sit at angles to look at the screen? I usually sit in front of my desk to work, not at 30 degree angles. Nor do I hang from the ceiling to do work...

    For the $$$ it's a great screen, and a great system. I don't think Grandma/Grandma need a $3000 video editing system to send emails, surf the web, and exchange pictures...
     
  20. trip1ex macrumors 68000

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    This is the internets. People like to put things in two categories. Crap or Awesome.

    On a 10 scale: The Crap category covers everything in the 0 to 9.9 range. The Awesome category covers everything in the 10 range.
     

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