iMac 24" - different resolution to HD TV's

Discussion in 'iMac' started by nicnic77, Dec 29, 2007.

  1. nicnic77 macrumors member

    Nov 18, 2007
    I've bought myself a 40" 1080p LCD to use as a second monitor for my 24" iMac.

    I connect the two over HDMI and I'm very impressed with the quality. However, somewhat annoyingly the iMac has a resolution of 1920 x 1200, whereas the full HD standard is 1920 x 1080. This means when mirroring desktops on the iMac / TV the iMac adds letterboxing to the top and bottom of it's screen, which I find very annoying as I'm loosing screen real estate on the iMac.

    If anybody out there is looking for a HD TV to compliment their iMac, then I believe you can get 1920 x 1200 TV's which won't give you black bars. Could be an option.
  2. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast
    The only problem is that no one makes an HDTV with a native resolution of 1920x1200. Your options would be to extend the desktop or to live with the letterboxing on the 24" screen.
  3. Aegelward macrumors 6502a

    Jul 31, 2005
    as far as i know, if its connected through VGA it can actually use the native resolution of a HDTV (720p anyway)
  4. psonice macrumors 6502a

    Jul 22, 2005
    It's a weird side effect of the different sizes of tvs and monitors. TVs tend to be 4:3 or 16:9 (widescreen), and monitors tend to be 5:4 or 16:10 (for lcds at least).

    That's why you won't see a 1920x1080 monitor, or a 1920x1200 tv. Why they make it like that, I have no idea and it's annoying!

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