20" or 23"?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by Detlev_73, Aug 5, 2004.

  1. Detlev_73 macrumors 6502


    Jul 20, 2004
    Roswell, GA
    Within the next 30 days, God-willing, I'll be getting a new G5 in the dual 2.0 GHz flavor with an upgrade of RAM to a total of 1 GB.

    My only question being if the 20" will suffice, or if I should just go for the gusto and get the 23". Although I'm not really scrounging for money. I'm wondering if the 23" will look TOO big on my desk.

    I thought I had decided that the 23" is the way to go, but the 23" is SO DARNED enticing.

    Also, does anyone know if AppleCare is worth it? I'm thinking since the displays only carry 1 year warranty, why not extend it to 3 years more for only a couple hundred more?

    IF anyone that currently has a 23" display could provide me the exact measurements of the viewable part of the monitor and the measurements of the bezel, I'd grately appreciate it! So many thanks!
  2. rock6079 macrumors 6502

    Jan 6, 2004

    23,23,23,23,23,23 cmon... if u have the money then y not.. ne wase a display iso ne of the things that i would prboably get eteneded warrenty on. since its once of the apple products u probably replace least often (well for me at least) i get a new ipod every year or so so theres no point for extra warrentty on that and a new mac every 2 years or so so once agian no extra warrenty on that. but the displays i usually stick with fora while since they dont cahnge often. and if n e thing happesn to it. its lots of $$ to fix
  3. Solafaa macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2004
    Daddy said not to talk to strangers
    Well if you ask me i say the larger the better. I have an old apple display 23' and i watch movies, play games and do everything on it. If you have the buget to get a 23" go for it, the larger the beter.
  4. crazzyeddie macrumors 68030


    Dec 7, 2002
    Florida, USA
    Dimensions for the 23":

    Height: 17.7 inches (45 cm)
    Width: 21.1 inches (53.6 cm)
    Depth: 7.3 inches (18.7 cm)
    Weight: 15.5 pounds (7.03 kg)

    FYI, the 20" for comparison:

    Height: 16.1 inches (41 cm)
    Width: 18.5 inches (47.1 cm)
    Depth: 6.8 inches (17.4 cm)
    Weight: 14.5 pounds (6.6 kg)
  5. Mord macrumors G4


    Aug 24, 2003
    whatever you do make sure that you dont buy a g5 with that piece of crap 5200 card it's rubbish a geforce 3 is faster make sure you get at least a 9600xt.

    and btw the 23" has 23" viewable screen it's all there (as with all lcd's you only have to worry about the veiwable area on crt's)
  6. friarbayliff macrumors regular

    Jul 20, 2004
    MN / IN
    Get the 23 - especially if money is not a huge concern. Anyway, you can't lose either way - all of the displays are beautiful.
  7. LeeTom macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2004
    If you get Applecare for your G5, and buy the monitor at the same time, the monitor is covered under Applecare. This is actually the only way to get Applecare for a monitor, you can't get it for just a monitor.
    So basically, you'll get Applecare for free on the monitor, if you were going to get it for the G5 anyway.
    I believe you have to purchase them both at the same time, though, for this to happen.

    Lee Tom
  8. Bhennies macrumors 6502

    Mar 20, 2004
    NYC & Baltimore
    The 23" is the sweet spot in the line up. I'm typing on one right now and man is it the BEST LCD display I've ever used. It's wonderful. The 20" didn't seem as dynamic to me and seemed too small.
  9. BrianKonarsMac macrumors 65816

    Apr 28, 2004
    is this really a serious question? 23 if you have the money, i mean cmon...
  10. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    I have the 20" and honestly I wouldn't take the 23" if it was offered to me in a straight-up trade (unless I could resell it, hehe). I wouldn't be able to look at the whole thing at once, and wouldn't want it to take up any more space on my desk. But then, I am not a graphics professional or anything.
  11. letterbox macrumors regular

    Apr 13, 2004
    i have a 20" and i love it. neither the size of the actualy screen or the realestate is too large. when looking at the 23 inch i honestly thought it was larger than i'd want...

    however, i'd probably take it now if i had the choice, but i definatly don't need it and probably wouldn't use all the space efficently.

    so, if you have the $$ to get it, get it, it's HD its fun, good luck.
  12. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    Pointless question of the year award...

    You have the money.
    You have the desk space.
    You buy the 23".
    You sit at your desk with a huge grin on your face.
  13. the future macrumors 65816

    Jul 17, 2002
  14. Fender2112 macrumors 65816


    Aug 11, 2002
    Charlotte, NC
    Get the 23" and I'll trade you for my 17". The 17" wil look much nicer. It is compact and fits nicely on any desk. Really, it will. :rolleyes:

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