iMac Display

Discussion in 'iMac' started by hower1k, Apr 5, 2007.

  1. hower1k macrumors newbie

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    I'm contemplating getting a 20 inch iMac, and my only question, how is he quality of the display? I realize its not apple cinema display quality, what would a good comparison for it?
     
  2. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    Actually, it is Apple Cinema Display quality. It's an S-IPS panel that's the same as what's in the ACD. I've had them side-by-side before, and they're clearly the same monitor. I got myself a Dell 2007wfp that also uses the same S-IPS panel, so it looks the same as my iMac's screen. So either of those would be a good comparison. Later versions of the 2007wfp might use a PVA panel though; it's kind of a lottery once you get past revision A03.
     
  3. Xyl macrumors regular

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    I've been wondering this for a while...do you have any "evidence" other than "because I looked at them and they seem the same"...even if its solid or not-so-solid evidence that the iMac uses S-IPS.

    And do all three models use the same panels?
     
  4. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    I can't find the post now, but some guy took his apart one time and confirmed it was the same LG panel as used in the ACD 20" and some of the 2007wfp models.

    Also, if you believe Apple's specs, the 20" iMac actually has a slightly higher contrast ratio (800:1) but slightly lower brightness (280 cd/m) than its ACD counterpart (700:1, 300 cd/m). I'm not sure what factors affect that other than backlight.
     
  5. ctango macrumors member

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    I've used Gretag/Macbeth's eye1 to calibrate many iMac G5's and 20 & 23" ACD's. My honest opinion is that they are "near" identical. Close enough to say that if you calibrate and profile both, you will find little if any differences.

    I don't know if they are the same parts anymore, but I do know that different companies make the different sizes of LCD's. I am mainly comparing the 20" iMac (iSight) to a 20" ACD.
     
  6. jesteraver macrumors 6502

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    I hope the next line of iMac's will have a better contrast ratio. Hopefully a better response time and brightness.

    Contrast: 1000:1 or 2000:1
    Response time: 6 ms
    Brightness: 550 cd/m2

    Now that be great for a computer monitor from Apple.

    Hopefully we will get some more powerful NVIDIA something like GeForce Go 7950 GTX
     
  7. queshy macrumors 68040

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    I dont know about the numbers, but my 24" looks way better than my old HP LCD 21" monitor. It's hte best computer monitor I personally have ever used. The colors are great, and mine has no light leakage at all, or any dead pixels. I think the 20" may not be as bright, though.
     
  8. danny_w macrumors 601

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    All this talk about the iMac has me wanting to go look at some in the store. I have an older rec b iMac G5 17" and it is clearly not as clear or bright as my 20" Dell 2005fpw. It looks somehow muted by comparison. Do the 20" and 24" iMacs really look that much better?
     
  9. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    The 20" iMacs look a lot better than the 2005fpw, even. If you like your 2005fpw, you'll love the iMac's screen. It's beautiful.
     
  10. danny_w macrumors 601

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    Does this go for the current 17" also?
     
  11. rogersmj macrumors 68020

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    I've never seen the 17" side by side with another monitor, but from what I've seen of them in the store they'll pretty sharp too.
     
  12. queshy macrumors 68040

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    If you search the forum, there's even some users saying that it's "too bright" on its maximum setting. I think the brightness is great. Go check it out for yourself.
     
  13. Locatel macrumors regular

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    The 17" iMac uses a TN panel.
     
  14. Ramsos macrumors regular

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    I keep the brightness on my 24" down almost half way all the time.
     
  15. rkaynan macrumors newbie

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    20" iMac

    My 20" iMac showed up on Thursday and I was surprised that the initial setting on the monitor was the brightness all of the way up. I keep finding myself turning it down and it's currently at 1/3. After being a PC user for quite some time, I'm really quite impressed with this machine.
     
  16. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    550 is a very high brightness, I would be surprised if they upped the 20 to 400cd/m2 taking that that is already enough to get a mild body tan on the 24"
     

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