24" iMac questions

cmm

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Does anyone own one? How does the monitor look? I'm considering buying one soon.
 

jsw

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Many people own them, and the general consensus is that people love them (although there are exceptions). What would you be using it for?
 

cmm

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Hi jsw!

Nothing serious - just watching HDTV, writing papers, AdiumX, Firefox, and stuff like that. I'll open Photoshop once in awhile.
 

cmm

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Does anyone know if there is a noticable difference when watching HDTV with the colours?
 

iKwick7

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I absolutely love mine! She's got a couple dead pixels, but I don't notice them really. I was afraid 24" would be too big- especially in my tiny, tiny bedroom in my tiny, tiny apartmen- but i's perfect! I am very happy that I didn' get the 20" instead.
 

Flyinace2000

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cmm said:
Does anyone know if there is a noticable difference when watching HDTV with the colours?
I watch HDTV on mine and its very nice. I am using iRecord to capture mpeg2 streams from my HD cablebox. its nice set up and gives mes nice footage.
 

zwida

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Flyinace2000 said:
I watch HDTV on mine and its very nice. I am using iRecord to capture mpeg2 streams from my HD cablebox. its nice set up and gives mes nice footage.
How do you connect your iMac to your cable box? Does your box's firewire connection actually work?
 

Richie79

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cmm said:
Dead pixels already? How is that possible?
I got my 24" last friday and brought it back on tuesday. I had 10 to 12 stuck pixels on my screen. Ill be getting a whole new iMac 24" in 2 or 3 weeks or so :)
 

orangezorki

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The screen goes for two things - size and brightness. While it does look good, the high constrast, slightly uneven backlighting and inability to turn the backlight down that much means that it is a poor choice for graphics and photo work. For watching DVDs, though, it is excellent.

For those interested in a top-notch display, I've just seen that Eizo, here in the UK at least, have dropped the price on their 24" display to about the same as the 23" ACD - that really is a bargain.

David
 

cmm

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Thanks David, I appreciate the response. I won't be doing heavy-duty graphics work, but rather more of a home end thing, so it seems the iMac will be good for me (cf. watching DVDs).
 

wchong

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cmm said:
Thanks David, I appreciate the response. I won't be doing heavy-duty graphics work, but rather more of a home end thing, so it seems the iMac will be good for me (cf. watching DVDs).

my 24" imac is on a fedex truck for delivery. i'm stoked and bummed cuz i can't see it until sunday when i come back. i'm going out of town today so ugh! how annoying
 

Razorhog

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I've had my 24" for 5 days. I absolutely love it. Using my PC, which has a 17" LCD monitor, feels like looking at a postage stamp.
This thing is amazing - runs windows xp faster than any other machine I have used too! I'm playing Doom 3 in windows and it runs in 1600x1200 with video options maxed out ( I opted for the video card upgrade and glad I did).
 

jsw

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zwida said:
How do you connect your iMac to your cable box? Does your box's firewire connection actually work?
Download iRecord and run a Firewire cable from your cable box to your Mac.

If you're in the US, I think the provider must give you a FW-equipped box if you demand one.

Most (but not all) boxes (and providers) will work with iRecord and will allow you to record programming - but iRecord will not let you watch simultaneously (on the Mac - of course you can watch on a TV connected to the cable box) and requires that the box be tuned to what you're recording (obviously).

On the other hand, if prices are like here, for ~US$120/year, you can rent a second cable box and record HD. Storage requirements are steep though - 6+ GB/hour, as it records the stream itself with no compression.
 

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