27" iMac Viewing Distance

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  1. ntrigue macrumors 68040

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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    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

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

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    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

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    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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