20inch imac screen issues

Discussion in 'iMac' started by rdevoogh, Apr 25, 2008.

  1. rdevoogh macrumors newbie

    Apr 21, 2008
    Have the issues with the screens on the 20inch imacs been resolved? I read on one forum that said the person was included in the shipment of damaged screens or something. Wasn't sure if apple has already corrected this problem, or if it is still an issue on the lower end screens. Thanks
  2. airjuggernaut macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2007
    None of them were ever "Damaged" Apple just used cheaper screens in the 20" iMacs, and everyone was up in arms.
  3. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    As the previous poster said, there wasn't a 'damaged' batch as such. It's just that the screen on the 24" is much better quality. Having said that, I'm typing this on a 20" and the screen is still pretty nice.
  4. tmelvin macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2008
    I have a 20" Alu iMac, and I have yet to see any screen issues. I'm not a graphic designer either, so maybe they have better eyes...lol

    I think the quality of the 20" is great. Compare it to a DELL or HP running Vista, and I think it wins hands down...
  5. albusseverus macrumors 6502a


    Nov 28, 2007
    Wait & see

    There may be new iMacs next week. Then wait. Read Apple's discussion forums as reports come in.

    The current screens appear to be banded - too dark in the top third, too light in the lower third, about right in the middle third. Bad luck if you're trying to edit a photo or anything requiring consistent colour over the whole screen.

    I reported mine to Apple the day I bought it. Apple has done nothing to assuage owners complaining about the same fault since August 2007. Somebody claims they got an Apple employee to admit they are cheap screens, not suitable for Pro work. I concur.

    The previous model 20" screens suffered from no such problems.

    Save up for the 24" if you want to buy a run-out model cheap.
  6. airjuggernaut macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2007
    How does Vista have anything to do with Screen quality?
  7. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Actually there is no such banding on the screens (if you look at them from 10ft back) -- so there is nothing wrong with the screen.

    However, the viewing angle does create those issues when you are up close to it... still nothing wrong with the screen, just a horrid viewing angle for some.

    It is something you can minimize, and adjusting the screen and the seating position will also help, as will adjusting the contrast (and choosing a background) to rid the screen of the washed out sections.

    After a while, you will either slit your wrists -- or forget all about it.


    About like the fuzzy text issues the Windows user complain about after making the switch.
  8. tmelvin macrumors 6502


    Mar 17, 2008
    Trying to give a comparison to a different manufacturer than Apple. Since DELL's can't run OSX...

    Also, you should have said "What does Vista have to do with screen quality". Not "How does Vista have anything to do with screen quality".

    Why did you capitalize the S in screen?
  9. JayLenochiniMac macrumors G5

    Nov 7, 2007
    New Sanfrakota
    That's how TN film screen works by definition. There's no "fault" for Apple to admit. The previous model 20" screens were IPS.
  10. airjuggernaut macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2007
    Sorry, grammar Nazi.

    Anyways what I was saying was that, you stupidly mentioned Vista in the equation.
    We are talking about SCREENS, and since you're Mr.Correctness, you should have just said "The screens are great compared to other companies like, Dell and HP" There was no point in mentioning Vista at all as it has NOTHING to do with screen quality.

    It would be like me saying, "The iMacs screen's are great, because they run OSX." Which we all know is absurd because an operating system does not dictate screen quality.
  11. Livers macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2008
    Does anyone know if the new updated iMacs have the same 20" screen as before?
  12. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    Yes, the new iMacs have the same exact screen. Since the 20" iMacs do, I think they 24" would also have the same screens. There have been uneven lighting issues with the 24" as well. Some people said those problems on the 24" were fixed up but there are recent posts on the Apple discussion forums that state otherwise.
  13. G-Force macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2006
    The 20" screen seems to be exactly the same, but the 24" seems to be different.

    iMac (Mid 2007):
    iMac (Early 2008):
    So no gradient issues anymore?
  14. ukmacmonster macrumors member

    Apr 29, 2008
    I compared the 20" and 24" iMacs side by side and the difference was obvious. The colours on the 20" change when viewed even slightly off centre, for example grey changes to yellow. At higher viewing angles colours invert completely. Typical of a cheap TN display panel, making it next to useless for accurate photo editing. The 24" display has none of these issues and neither did the old white iMac 20" display, but they both use a much higher quality display.

    Bottom line is, if you don't know any better you might like the new 20" iMac display, but if upgrading from an earlier white 20" iMac you will feel cheated. It's a real kick in the teeth for anyone making such an "upgrade".
  15. hexonxonx macrumors 601

    Jul 4, 2007
    Denver Colorado
    Very true. I was very pleased with my 20" iMac. I thought people were crazy when they mentioned the viewing angles were bad. I bought a 23" cinema Display on Friday and hooked it up to my iMac. Side by side, the Cinema Display clearly has the better display, color wise, viewing angle and just over all quality.

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