Imac 20" vs 24"

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by macbanda, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. macbanda macrumors member

    Aug 22, 2008
    I've decided on an Imac but do not know if there are any advantages of getting a 24" over the 20" Imac other than the obvious screen size difference. Any advice?

    Also, I'll be using my computer primarily for internet (email, youtube etc..) and simple word-processing -no heavy gaming. Will the entry 20" be plenty fast?

  2. Cboss macrumors 6502

    Dec 11, 2008
    The differences for you would be very, very minor. Just get the size that you prefer.
  3. Mugwumper macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2008
    Temecula, CA
    24" is r-e-a-l-l-y nice ;^)

    I went from a 20" G5 to a 24" C2D, and initially thought, "wow, this thing is
    huge!" But having used the 24" for a few months, it feels just right now.

    You will use the space by running many more things simultaneously, so the
    extra real estate allows you to have, say, a Safari window running alongside
    a Word/OpenOffice window. So it's much easier to do cut-n-paste from 2
    different apps or documents.

    It's also much easier to use iPhoto, iTunes, and iMovie/iDVD - you can spread
    things out more, and see "the big picture."

    Depending on your budget, I would get the fastest system (3.06GHz) and
    max out the memory (4GB) - the more memory, the merrier. If you are
    coming from the PC world, 4GB RAM allows you run VMware/Parallels and a
    2GB VM of WinXP Pro or Win7. And again, the 24" allows you to have a PC
    window that runs alongside your Mac world.

    Can you tell I'm quite happy with the 24" system? ;^)

  4. macbanda thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 22, 2008
    Excellent response and very good information which leads me to think the 24" is better. As far as the processor speed, I have to wonder if I need the 3.0 or if the entry level will suffice? Thanks again.
  5. Mugwumper macrumors regular

    Jan 19, 2008
    Temecula, CA
    Get the biggest and fastest! ;^)

    You're welcome! ;^)

    Hard to answer your question, but here are some things to consider:

    - what is the iMac going to replace? An 800MHz G4, 1.2GHz PC? Are you
    expecting a certain level of performance?
    - the difference between 2.66 and 3.06 is only 15-20%, so if it's an
    economic decision, get the least expensive
    - I always try to get the fastest available at any point in time, mainly because
    I only get a new system every 4 years or so. Today's "fastest" will be fairly
    mid-range in a few years
    - if, as you noted, you don't have any specific app that requires a certain
    level of performance, then 2.66 is probably OK - but . . .
    - the lower-end machines' graphics are a bit slower

    (wow, I'm starting to sound like an Apple sales rep - sorry!)

    Don't know how much experience you've had with Apple, but here's another
    option: buy refurb'd. I've had 2 in the past (G5 and current C2D), and they
    never gave me any problems. I bought the current 24" iMac earlier this
    year, and it's a 2008 model (that was mfg'd in 2009) for about 1/3 off its
    original list price. As long as you don't mind not having a pretty cardboard
    box, I think it's well worth it - the systems are fully examined and tested,
    and some say are better than a true "new" system. They have the same full
    warranty. And don't forget AppleCare . . .

    Hope this helps . . .

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