24" Apple LED Cinema Display vs. 21.5" 4K retina iMac Screen

pinkoos

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Hi,

How would these two monitors compare? That is, if one is used to the 24" display, would it be difficult to step down to the 4K 21.5" iMac screen?

Of course, the crispness and clarity would be much better in the 4K screen, but would the smaller size of the 4K screen be compensated for by the better/higher resolution?

Thanks.
 

mcnallym

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That really comes down to opinion. Some people will prefer the larger screen, others the extra space that comes from the extra pixels.

I would suggest that see if can find one in a local Apple Store and see what you think of the screen yourself.
 

pinkoos

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Thanks for the reply. I've seen the 21.5" 4k in store, but I guess there's no way to compare it side by side with a 24" display.
 

laydros

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Thanks for the reply. I've seen the 21.5" 4k in store, but I guess there's no way to compare it side by side with a 24" display.
Don't most Apple store still have 24" displays in use with the Mac Mini and Mac Pro displays?
 

mcnallym

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Don't most Apple store still have 24" displays in use with the Mac Mini and Mac Pro displays?
Can't remember last time I saw a screen in the Apple Stores, maybe outside the UK is different.

Thanks for the reply. I've seen the 21.5" 4k in store, but I guess there's no way to compare it side by side with a 24" display.
So by using the iMac in the Apple Store you can't tell if going to be able to use it? You won't see it side by side, but you should be able to see if you can work with the smaller screen/higher resolution combination.
 

tillsbury

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I went down from a 30" 2560x1600 to the 27" Retina, and it's not good losing screen space. But I can't go back to a non-retina display so will stick with it until a larger screen appears. 24 to 21 is a bigger jump down, but if you like resolution you won't be disappointed. Why not go up to a 27"?
 

pinkoos

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I think they have 27" connected to the minis.

I'm considering a 27" but just checking to see if the 21.5" would work for me.

Thanks.


I went down from a 30" 2560x1600 to the 27" Retina, and it's not good losing screen space. But I can't go back to a non-retina display so will stick with it until a larger screen appears. 24 to 21 is a bigger jump down, but if you like resolution you won't be disappointed. Why not go up to a 27"?
 

Sirmausalot

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I think they have 27" connected to the minis.

I'm considering a 27" but just checking to see if the 21.5" would work for me.

Thanks.
The 27" is superior in every way. But you can connect the 24" for additional screen space with whichever you get. I have a lower res 2nd monitor. I'd prefer it was 4 or 5K, but it's not though it is helpful.