27" iMac Viewing Distance

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ntrigue, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. ntrigue macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    What's the ideal viewing distance with the new iMac considering resolution?

    Can anyone post their desk setup or suggest a distance based on home theatre rules...
  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    I don't have 27" but I have 24" and I sit less than half meter away from my iMac so quite close
  3. negatv1 macrumors 6502

    Aug 12, 2005
    Now that I have my 27 mounted on an arm, I change the distance regularly.

    Never closer than arms distance, is pretty much my rule. Unless you have really short/long arms. hah.
  4. Kronie macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2008
    I have a 22" monitor that's about two feet (+ or -) away from my eyes. 27" wont be THAT much bigger. Hopefully not too bright....Well see, still waiting.
  5. chriskzoo macrumors 6502

    Aug 25, 2005
    Stock 27" - no issues thus far. If anyone has a repeatable method that induces the slowdown, I'd be glad to test it.
  6. skye12 macrumors 65816


    Nov 11, 2006
    Austin, Tx
    You will intuitively know what distance from the screen works for you.
    Certainly a bit further away than a laptop, but not that much.
  7. ntrigue thread starter macrumors 68040


    Jul 30, 2007
    Thank you, but I am planning the desk and mounting ahead of purchase.
  8. mrsir2009 macrumors 604


    Sep 17, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    I sit about half a meter away from my 24" iMac. The 27", from what people have told me, isn't too much different, just a bit wider.
  9. sfroom macrumors regular

    Apr 30, 2008
    It's not the size of the screen that determines comfortable viewing distance, it's the pixel density. The pixels on the 27" are quite a bit denser (and smaller), which means that a size 12 font on your 24" iMac will look quite a bit larger than on the 27".

    The 27" has almost the same density as a 15.4" 1440x900 laptop display (a la MBP, etc.), so if you have one of those around, you can use it to judge.

    I tried one of the 27" iMacs, and I'd say a comfortable distance (at least for my eyesight) is about 3 feet. You might have to pull it a bit closer than the screen you are replacing if you have a deep corner desk.

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