Don't buy a 24" iMac, becuase of screen issues?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by OCBulldogs, Aug 26, 2009.

  1. OCBulldogs macrumors newbie

    Aug 25, 2009
    So, I have been on the fence now for a while...about to pull the trigger on a 3GHz 24" iMac (WoW machine). I have been reading about the screen issues and am concerned now.

    How big a problem is this? 1 in 100? 1 in 1,000?

    Is it serious enough to put off buying a new 24" iMac?

    Thanks for the advice!
  2. veloceraptor macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2009
    Hello, I want to assure you that the new 24 inch iMacs are gorgeous and have no screen problems.

    Go ahead and buy yours!
  3. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    What kind of screen problems are you talking about? No issues here.
  4. NYR99 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 30, 2007
  5. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    If the problem was serious, Apple would do something for it. All LCDs have dead and stuck pixels plus there may always be a lemon. Mine is perfect too
  6. fhall1 macrumors 68040


    Dec 18, 2007
    (Central) NY State of mind
    After 2 months, my 24" refurb still looks great
  7. silentnite macrumors 6502a


    Apr 21, 2009
    Outer sight.. Outer mind
    Don't buy a 24" iMac, becuase of screen issues

    This is the first I hear of a screen issue. I work on a 24" Imac everyday. The screen is clear & bright and well worth you making your purchase. What I've been hearing rumor has it they may get a refresh sometime in October late November. Otherwise your good to go.
  8. zmttoxics macrumors 65816


    May 20, 2008
    I am so glad you didn't turn into a hater after your bad experience. :D

    There are chances of dead pixels etc on the new iMacs, but there is the same chances with all LCDs. I recommend you get the iMac and the Applecare. :)
  9. intensem1dh macrumors newbie

    Jul 26, 2009
  10. veloceraptor macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2009
    No, why would I do that? :) The new iMacs, both 20 and 24 inch are absolutely gorgeous, the screens look fine and so do the colors!

    I looked at them at the Apple Store.
  11. kingtj macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2003
    Brunswick, MD

    If anything, it was the original 20" aluminum iMacs I heard some negative things about regarding their screens. (People claimed the panel in the 20" models wasn't as good a quality as the 24" panel.)

    Regardless, I got a 20" aluminum iMac and found the panel looked *great* after I went through the advanced screen calibration process in OS X. Before that, it had kind of a "washed out" look to it - which may be what people were seeing and upset with.

  12. veloceraptor macrumors newbie

    Aug 26, 2009
    Can you please post your calibration profile here or somewhere I could download it from? Maybe it could help some people.

  13. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
    I purchased a 24" iMac when the new ones came out and returned it because of two issues relating to the screen:

    1. It was impossible to dim the screen to any comfortable level. Unlike my Macbook and my Cinema Display, the range of adjustment seemed to be 95% to 100% brightness. After a few hours, the screen was unbearable to look at.

    2. The brightness was uneven across the surface of the screen. It was noticeably brighter on one side than the other. Reading text across the screen was distracting because of the brightness change from left to right.

    Upon doing some research I discovered that there were lots of people who had these issues, and that there was no way to turn down the brightness of the screen to tolerable levels. I returned the iMac and have stuck with my existing equipment ever since.

  14. eRondeau macrumors 65816


    Mar 3, 2004
    Canada's South Coast
    Your concerns are unfounded. The first run of 24" iMac's had some illumination consistency issues but those have been long since resolved. Today's screens are perfect. :apple:
  15. Alrescha macrumors 68020

    Jan 1, 2008
  16. definitive macrumors 68000


    Aug 4, 2008
    only "issue" i have with my imac is image persistence. it happens very often where the bars from firefox will leave lines behind, even after only an hour of constant use of the system. it takes me about two days to get rid of them, by switching background to white color, and running the firefox window in a smaller size. ofcourse then the smaller window causes the persistence, while the larger one disappears. it goes on forever. i've read that it's common with lcd screens, so it doesn't really bother me as long as it's not dead in the center.
  17. ArcspacE macrumors member

    Jul 31, 2009
  18. hardax macrumors regular

    Jan 16, 2008
    New Hampshire
    My mid 2007 24" has developed the dark smudge like blotches (it seems to have been determined it is "burn" marks from something being too hot behind the screen). A quick search for the word "smudge" on the Apple support site will tell you that the 24" screens are far from "perfect".
  19. chrono1081 macrumors 604


    Jan 26, 2008
    Isla Nublar
    Flawless screen here :D (Actually not here at my parents house)
  20. Pur3 Macs macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    Lol obviously a rumor that screen issue, don't be scared I've had my 24inch for a good few months now and it's screen is perfect!
  21. sgtbilko28 macrumors newbie


    Apr 8, 2009
    Add my 24" to the list of flawless performers.

    It rocks ..... hard.
  22. rdsii64 macrumors regular

    May 14, 2008
    24 inch imac screen problems

    My 24 inch imac is flawless. Since I have had it, I have only turned on my windows box twice. I promise you, if this is your first mac, the screen on a 24 inch imac will take your breath away.
  23. Vster macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2005
    Celina, TX
    Same for me! WoW looks awesome on it too!
  24. Pur3 Macs macrumors member

    Aug 28, 2009
    Melbourne, Australia
    If anyone is still unsure about go down to the Apple store and apply a solid background on a 24inch or open a solid image and move it around the screen. Change through the colours to see if you can spot out any dark areas or discoloured places on the screen.

    not that its happened to me but I read about it on some other forum:rolleyes:
  25. Missubaru macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2009
    I've just bought my very own for Graphic Design.
    To make sure my $2500 wasn't an uneducated purchase I made sure to do a lot of research and ask around including the store I bought it from.
    From what I gathered, the only problem was that there was a slight colour shift from left to right on the screen. Barely noticeable, even. I mean for the super Graphic Designers out there, they'd probably be bothered, but then again they might as well go with the Pro. WoW, you shouldn't see any problem.
    The colour shift is not noticeable. I stared at my screen for a good 15 minutes trying to spot it and still haven't succeeded in discerning the difference.
    All in all, I say you're good to go. The 24" screens are HD :D

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