Anyone recently purchace an alum iMac 20" over the 24"?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ivac, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. ivac macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2007
    I'm considering buying one online at the apple store since the closest Apple brick and mortar store is 2.5 hours away, and I won't be able to see the computer in person. Any problems with the screen v/s the 24" when you guys previewed them at the Apple store? Money is not the issue, ,I could buy either, I just don't know if I want a jumbo screen on my desk. My use would be casual browsing, family photo and video editing, that sort of stuff.
  2. tersono macrumors 68000


    Jan 18, 2005
    We've just bought one for the office. Yes, the screen on the 24" is a little better, but the 20" is still more than adequate for most purposes and still better than the majority of cheaper stand-alone screens out there. Unless you're really fussy about your photo editing, I'd say go for it!
  3. Jimmdean macrumors 6502

    Mar 21, 2007
    I went with the 20" - the 24" was just too much screen for me...
  4. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    I agree. I bought the 20 inch and it is a great computer.
  5. BennyK macrumors 6502

    Sep 14, 2004
    Appleton, WI
    I bought the 20". The only color shifting I have is when I am not infront of the screen. So it was no big deal for me. 24" was way to big for my desk. I love the 20"!
  6. gkarris macrumors 604


    Dec 31, 2004
    "No escape from Reality..."
    We got the 20" over the 24" at church for video editing - seemed like we'd rather have extra memory, FCE, and AppleCare instead... suites us just fine.
  7. je1ani macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2007
    Just get the baseline 20" and max out the Ram.. for the extra $600 you spent on the extra 4 inches you can get 4GB of RAM a 1TB HD and pocket $200 :)
  8. casjohnr macrumors regular

    Aug 31, 2007
    Finally some positive comments! I'm gonna order tomorrow as I rang the sales line tonight and turns out it would work out really cheap for a 2.4 20" with Wireless keyboard and mouse plus AppleCare with the Further Ed discount (Which I can get as I'm staff at a FE college).

    I looked at one in PCWorld Thursday evening and the gradient didn't really stick out as much as I remember it doing so at the Apple store!

    24" is way too big for my needs, 20" fits perfectly on the space I plan to put it..
  9. ivac thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 24, 2007
    Thanks for all the replies! I'm ordering my new 20" 2.4 w/500 gb hd tonight, along w/ a 4gb RAM upgrade from Crucial. Can't wait to get it!
  10. sas76 macrumors member

    Sep 10, 2006

    Me to,
    I just looked at the desk etc that I had and came to the conclusion that the 24 was just to big.

    I am very happy with my purchase. I don't have any screen issues that I am aware of.

  11. Nightline macrumors regular


    Oct 22, 2007
    Signal Hill, CA
    Good pick. I ordered mine last weekend, and received it today. Was surprised it was shipping direct from China. I am mainly a PC user, but so much is happening with the Mac's I wanted to join in. Now just waiting for my Leopard to ship. That was actually my main reason for getting one, and I love it. This is actually my second post using it.

    The wireless keyboard will take some getting used to since it is pretty small, but I use a small laptop at work, so I should get used to it pretty quickly.
  12. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020


    Aug 16, 2007
    i bought the 20" as well, although I am noticing the washed out appearance and want a remedy....
  13. AlexisV macrumors 68000


    Mar 12, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    To fix the washed out appearance, calibrate in system prefs.

    The colour difference between the top and bottom of the screen is a characteristic of the panel. After a few days you don't notice it.
  14. je1ani macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2007
    yeah I had a 20" for about a week and to me it was pretty big.. compared to my 19" dell... maybe becasue of the widescreen? Anyways now I have a 24" and it's quite lovely :p
  15. ctsport macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2007
    I would never do that after purchasing a 20'' imac over the 24'' a year ago. The bigger screen is definately worth the extra cost.
  16. brn2ski00 macrumors 68020


    Aug 16, 2007
    I am currently using the Adobe RGB (1998).... It is good, but I think I can do better.

    Do you have any tips on using the expert calibration? An .icc file maybe?
  17. steken macrumors newbie

    Oct 17, 2007
    I got the 24"

    Well I bought the 24" as thats what the wife pointed her finger at (lucky me as that what I was hoping). I took it out of the box and when placing it on the desk thought "my god that's massive". Desk is not exactly small, some how it did not look that big against the 20" in the shop - funny that! Anyway, I can with say with no doubts that I am happy I got used to it, no problems with the screen so far as reported in the forums here. All the screen realestate is a bonus, great for looking at the digital photos on... just love my new iMac!


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