Does the 16:9 ratio bother anybody?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Matt T, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. Matt T macrumors regular

    Matt T

    Dec 1, 2005
    I was playing around with the iMac's at my Apple store a couple of days ago and found that, even on the 27", the 16:9 ratio really irritates me because it feels like I have *less* screen space. Of course that's not true, but because there's now more space on the sides and less from top to bottom, it feels more "squashed" to me - 16:10 was the perfect ratio to me, because it's the perfect balance of space across the whole screen. Am I alone here? Or has anybody bought a new iMac, not liked the ratio at first but gotten used to it? I'm curious...
  2. SmugMac macrumors regular

    Sep 25, 2009
  3. mtnDewFTW macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2009
    San Francisco, CA
    16:9 is the widescreen format, so yeah, it's more stretched around the sides, but that's actually very nice for watching movies and pretty much everything else.
    I've been using 16:9 for a while now, and so far, I've only liked it.
  4. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
  5. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    Do any of you think Apple will take 16:9 to their Macbook line sometime down the road?
  6. powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    I personally doubt it.

    For a computer, web browsing, graphic designing, working with images, working with text, etc. etc. 16:10 really makes more sense. I mean, would you prefer computer made for everyday work or for movie watching?

    The MAIN reason I believe Apple went 16:9 on the iMacs is due to the "chin," it made 16x10 iMacs still appear very square.

    With a 16x9 screen, they have the width to pack in more components and there is less height on the screen, so the overall computer seems "wide," and a bit more pleasing to the eye.

    Thankfully, this compromise is not so bad in at least these are fairly large displays on the iMac, so I can live with it when I get one.

    On a notebook, much smaller displays, 16x9 would make even less sense, and it isn't needed for aesthetics like on the iMac since the notebooks already appear wide.
  7. matryska macrumors newbie

    Mar 31, 2009
    I'm fine with the 16:9 ratio. I guess for some people 16:10 is a lot better just like people who wanted to hold onto 4:3 or 5:4 when 16:10 came out.
  8. ravenvii macrumors 604


    Mar 17, 2004
    Melenkurion Skyweir
    Actually I am positive it is because of cost. More and more monitors are going 16:9 those days, so 16:9 panels are cheaper to produce than the increasingly rare 16:10 panels.

    Once this trend hits notebooks, you bet your ass the MacBooks will go 16:9 as well.

    I, for one, welcome this move.
  9. RexTraverse macrumors 6502

    Feb 10, 2008
    It bothers me that all the 16:10 wallpapers I've collected over the last 5 years will have to be adjusted for the new resolution. :p
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
    The prices on 16:9 panels are getting ludicrously cheap. 23 - 24" is dirt cheap to get in 1920 x 1080. I want my 1200 pixels high though.
  11. tofagerl macrumors 6502a


    May 16, 2006
    I loved the 16:10 change, because it meant I could watch movies on my laptop without bars.
    Now I just want to be able to view more than 15% of a website without scrolling. The movies don't seem so important anymore...
  12. Icaras macrumors 603


    Mar 18, 2008
    California, United States
    Wow, those are actually all very good reasons which never occurred to me....Whatever the ultimate reason, the savings in cost, the extra space, and minimizing the chin seems to all work in in Apple's favor. I think these imacs just look absolutely slick in 16:9.

    I actually wouldn't mind the Macbooks going 16:9 too.
  13. UAofE macrumors member

    Oct 25, 2009
    Put the dock on the right or left side instead of the bottom.
  14. Shivetya macrumors 68000

    Jan 16, 2008
  15. clickgr macrumors regular

    Feb 20, 2009
    16:9 is still not wide enough for me! When 21:9 computer monitors appear in the market with at least the height of a current 24" 16:10 screen, this will be the ideal for any type of use!
  16. Detektiv-Pinky macrumors 6502a


    Feb 25, 2006
    Berlin, Germany
    You might want want to use one of these beauties. They offer this unbelievable wide display ratio ;)

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  17. unamused macrumors 6502

    Oct 25, 2009
    its funny how they use 16:9 and DONT allow for external inputs like a blu-ray player or PS3/XBOX, nor do they include a blu-ray player... :rolleyes:
  18. MWPULSE macrumors 6502a


    Dec 27, 2008
    I've only found one 1920 by 1200 res screen on my searches recently. a samsung one, and i get the impression that its gonna sell quite quickly cos they are switching to a 16:9 ratio. For me its a bit annoying. I dont tend to watch movies on my computer all that much, and i have never really noticed anything wrong with 16:10. but i guess its the whole thing with the increased media outlook on computers etc.. Blu-ray on PCs, 16:9. the list goes on.

  19. psychoegg macrumors newbie

    Mar 5, 2009
    I'm not a designer by trade but I have done quite a bit of graphic design and 3D modling work in the past and I'm confused by the 16:9 vs 16:10 issue. Why do people like 16:10 so much? I personally like the idea of a wider display because if you're using something like Photoshop, etc. the tools are essentially taking up width and you're left with a more square working area. If you did the same on a 16:10 screen, you'd be left with a more rectangular area. That's good for web design I guess?

    Anyway... any reasoning would help to enlighten me on the "issue". Thanks.
  20. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
  21. Transporteur macrumors 68030

    Nov 30, 2008
    As long as they keep the 1600 pixels in height, Apple can go as wide as they want, I don't care.

    16/9 is ok, as long as they don't reduce the height which is done by almost every manufacturer of 24" displays now. They are still 1920 pixels in with, but they lost 120 pixels in height, which is not ok.

    They way Apple has done it with the new iMac is ok. Bigger screens, with more width WITHOUT ripping of the height, they even added some pixels.
  22. The SpinDoctor macrumors regular

    Nov 22, 2008

    Wished the news ones were 16:10
  23. dvince2 macrumors 6502


    Mar 6, 2007
    Um... actually I think one of the big selling points of the 27" is the input ability on it...
  24. IgnatiusTheKing macrumors 68040


    Nov 17, 2007
    das Fort
    Put the dock on one of the sides. That will give you more vertical space.
  25. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    Although I much prefer 16:10 for computer use, particularly with the bottom dock, in the case of iMac, Apple is giving you additional horizontal pixels rather than taking away the vertical. 21.5" screen is about the same height as 20", but with 1920 horizontal pixels vs 1680 (verticals are 1080 vs 1050). And ditto for 27" (2560x1440) vs 24" (1920x1200). Since nothing is lost, I don't mind 16:9 in this case.

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