best monitor size for browsing.(21.5'' vs.24'')

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by animatedude, Mar 11, 2010.

  1. animatedude macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2010
    one of the main reasons i didn't get the 27'' iMac is because i think the size is too big for web browsing.when i open a browser on my computer i like to open a full web page on my monitor.i don't do editing or anything like that therefore i don't need the 27'' size.

    so what's the best size for web browsing you think? 21.5'' or 24''? i'll probably end up getting a new MBP along with the 24'' cinema display,still wondering if it's too big for browsing..
  2. winninganthem macrumors 6502a


    Jun 10, 2008
    Point of getting a big display is to use it for multiple things at once. If your way of browsing is to expand the page to fill the whole screen, then you should get the 21.5".
  3. kellen macrumors 68020


    Aug 11, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    Ditto on the previous poster. If you like to fullscreen a webpage, then a 24" may be too big. I used to be like that, but when going to a 23" it was way too big to fullscreen.
  4. eXan macrumors 601


    Jan 10, 2005
    13" MB.

    Really, why would you want to have a 1920 pixel wide web page considering they are designed to be 1024 or even 800 pixel wide?
  5. Transporteur macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2008
    It's all about height!
    The larger the screen, the less scrolling you'd have to do.
  6. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Oddly enough there IS one website I browse regularly that looks good in full screen on a 24" iMac (or Cinema Display). All others I use don't need it necessarily, so I would agree with the people who said 21.5".
  7. animatedude thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2010

    really? i expected more ppl to tell me the 24'' cinema display is better for browsing full web page...
  8. mabaker macrumors 65816


    Jan 19, 2008
    Here you have the Apple Portrait Display, a perfect one for web browsing:



    Otherwise really, the vast majority of websites top at max 1024 range for the width.

    you’ll be fine with the 21’’ as much as with the 24’’ iMac! :D
  9. willieva macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2010
    If you're just going to be browsing then the 21.5" is plenty big enough. 24" is overkill for that. If you're going to be looking at photos then the 24" is very nice, particularly if it's 16:10 vs the 16:9 like a lot of the new screens are.

    I've got a 24" screen attached to a mini and an older 20" imac with a 20" acd attached to it. The 24" feels too big for just browsing. Unfortunately it's not big enough to have multiple windows opened side by side. If you're thinking about doing that sort of thing 2x20" would be better, or head straight to 30" country.
  10. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    You're aware that you can view an entire web page in a window much narrower than 1920 pixels, right?

    I shudder to think of what it's like to try to read a line of text that's nearly two feet long. Most well-designed websites would use either tables or div tags to keep the text from flowing over that far, true enough, so then a full-screen browser window becomes a colossal waste of pixels.

    If browsing full-screen is the most important criterion for your selection of a monitor, my recommendation is that you try to find a decent 15" 4:3 screen.
  11. animatedude thread starter macrumors 65816

    Feb 27, 2010
    at home i have a laptop with 15'' screen and at work i have a laptop attached to a 20'' screen and it's nice and i love it...still wondering if i get the 24'' cinema display with a new MPB or 21.5'' iMac...

    i'll still watch movies and photos on it that's why i'm considering the 24'' cinema display but i'm afraid it might be just too big for browsing..
  12. Transporteur macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2008
    Honestly, how can a display possible be too big for browsing?

    You should get rid of the behaviour to use the fullscreen button for browsers. It is simply not needed.
    The bigger the display, the more tabs or browser windows you can use at the same time, plus maybe there is a little space left for instant messengers, mail or whatever.

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