20inch Alu Intel iMac display settings

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Washac, Sep 30, 2007.

  1. Washac macrumors 68020


    Jul 2, 2006
    Hi All

    Some settings I have found a tad better for the eyes..

    This is for the 20inch Alu Intel iMac....

    These are the settings that work for me anyway, except for the fonts, as some websites insist on over riding your settings and using theirs.

    Firstly Calibrate, set all settings in Calibration onto the cross hairs, then set Gamma to just over 2.2, and target white point to 6000.

    Display = 1344 x 840 Colours = Millions

    Now for Fonts.

    Mail set all to Helvetica 14 all.

    Safari & Firefox fonts all set to Tahoma 18.

    Lastly, just play with Brightness, this can change during the day depending on where you computer sits.

    I have lots of natural light so my Brightness setting changes depending on the time of day, easy to do with the Brightness keys.

    Oh yes and lastly, do not forget that this 20 inch panel has a very shallow viewing angle.

    All this does not make it right that these machines are being shipped like this though, with me it is a case of I have eased the screen and I have read of people getting worse problems, so I am sticking with the one I have.

    I have a great fast machine with all be it a slightly iffy panel, but I do not have a pc ridden with viruses, malware, key loggers, trojons etc etc. I have never owned what is known as a pc, only use the awful things at work (bluch).

    Anyway, I hope my settings help some of you out.
  2. RevToTheRedline macrumors 6502a


    Sep 27, 2007
    You run your 20" iMac not in native resolution? You do that because you like everything bigger? I couldn't stand doing that, makes everything blurry.
  3. psonice macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2005
    If you find that looks better than the default settings, I strongly recommend glasses! LCDs always look much better at their native resolution, anything less looks blurry.

    Agree on the calibration though, it's a quick and free way of making ANY screen look better, and I hear the 20" imac comes with a particularly bad default setting.
  4. Washac thread starter macrumors 68020


    Jul 2, 2006
    Hahaha, I do wear glasses, and I like to sit back from the screen, trying things in native res, to see how I get on....
  5. Leon Kowalski macrumors 6502a

    Leon Kowalski

    Sep 20, 2007
    Gondwanaland Reunification Front HQ
    I hear ya, bro! I have excellent vision, but being a certified geezer, I need medium strength reading glasses for computer work.

    There's a fundamental problem with Apple's user interface scaling, in that the "default" UI conventions assume a 72 dpi screen resolution -- while the actual resolution (of 20" and 24" iMacs) is 30% finer at 94 dpi. So, while the default font sizes may be OK for young eyes, they're always a tad too small for me. (And when surfing the net, they're always 30% smaller than what the web page's designer intended.)

    The good news is that Leopard promises to fix this irritation -- by adding a user-settable "scaling" preference (and by tweaking the major apps to respect it). A (hidden) dpi-setting already exists, but most apps currently seem to ignore it.

    I don't have the 'nads to go messing with system font settings (had a very bad experience with that in Windoze-land), so I'll just keep squinting and/or pounding the Command-+ key -- until Leopard arrives.


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