Is 27" to big?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by bas-macfan, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. bas-macfan macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2010
    Hi everyone,

    I am not sure if I want to buy a 27" inch mac. In the store it seems to big for my desk. It is a normal, standerd desk. I am about 21 inch or 50 centimeters from the screen.

    Is the screen to big????


  2. Hellhammer Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 10, 2008
    I don't find it too big. You can always exchange it for 21.5" if it feels too big but after few days, I'm sure you will get used to it
  3. ravinder08 macrumors regular

    Jun 11, 2010
    Bigger the better surely?
  4. seb-opp macrumors 6502

    Nov 16, 2008
    as long as you have space on the side to use the dvd slot it should be ok. You will get used to the large screen after using it for a while. However if you're unsure, you could just go for the 21.5 inch and save some money
  5. Ecoh macrumors 6502a


    Oct 30, 2009
    The 27" is beautiful. It's like having a bigger desk, more room on which to spread your papers out.

    I have a standard size desk and sit in a small cubby hole. I feel as though I have more space around me with the 27" screen.
  6. thelumpya2 macrumors regular


    Nov 24, 2008
    my desk cubby is 4 feet wide and about 1.5 feet deep, here's a 27" monitor for spacial comparison

  7. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    I have a 24" monitor about 80cm away from me. Even at that distance a 27" would look utterly huge. In your position I would go with the 27", but look at getting a slightly deeper desk.
  8. wanttobuyimac macrumors newbie

    Jul 13, 2010
    we have the 21' 24' and the 27 at work.. (we are all in cubicals..u know..the usual office setting)..
    the 21 seems too small to work on.. the 24 seems ideal .. and the 27 looks big.. but when u have a good desk ( no hutch ).. it is nice to work on.. actually feels less of strain on eyes.. my two cents worth.:D
  9. rgarjr macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Southern California
    Dude, that's what he said :D
  10. Maltkvist macrumors member

    Jul 15, 2010
    Just don't go back to a smaller screen if something happens ;)
  11. adammjenkins macrumors member

    Dec 15, 2009
    West Virginia
    I don't find the screen size itself to be a problem. I moreso have an issue to with very high native resolution of the 27". I have terrible eyes and I find some menus and text to be quite small. I am holding onto hope that Apple will integrate resolution independence as a future feature of OS X.
    The 27" screen is wonderful for watching movies, and I imagine that if you were doing video/photo editing, it would be quite useful to be able to see as much of the screen as possible, but as far as daily tasks that involve heavy text, I find that I strain my eyes quite a bit. As a temporary solution, I am currently using a default zoom extension in Firefox to compensate for the tiny text in my web browsing, at least. It's not ideal, but it works. I'm a recent Windows switcher and I am holding onto some of my old habits, for example, I still like my applications (including my web browser) to be maximized so that I can put my sole focus on the task at hand. Whenever I am doing anything with windows at their normal size, though, the higher resolution and extra screen real estate are great. In summary, I'll put it this way: If you have good eyes and smaller text doesn't bother you, the bigger work space and higher resolution are going to be a huge perk for you. If you're like me and like windows maximized to concentrate and don't have the greatest eyes, might want to see if you can try it out in the store. If the clarity of everything didn't turn to crap the very second that you run a monitor in anything but its native resolution, I would pop my 27" screen down to 1920x1080 and call it a day. For now, I am holding onto hope for resolution independence.
  12. bigmacman macrumors member


    Jul 16, 2010
    I don't know whether this is correct but I once heard the distance between you and the screen is the ideal screen size, i.e. 21.5" is ideal if you are 21" from the screen.
  13. dexthageek macrumors 6502

    Dec 7, 2007
    Nope not to big. It did take a couple days to get used to the resolution. It sucks going to work and having to use a 17inch @ 1440x900.
  14. macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2010
    How is standard def. iTunes, Hulu, Netfix etc on the 27" iMac?

    LOL, I imagine it would!:D

    What about the 27" for home online entertainment, like iTunes SD, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon movies & TV shows? Just seems like the lower definition video wouldn't look very good enlarged to fit a 27" screen, and if you reduced the window size to get an acceptable quality then you would have all the space around the window to distract you from the show. Anyone know how these video on demand shows look on the 27" iMac?
  15. CraigB3 macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2009
    It's definitely big, but i wouldn't say it's overpowering.
    It took me a week or two to get used to the size, but now i couldnt imagine going back to anything smaller.
    It's an almost perfect desktop size IMO.

  16. FunkyGuitarGirl macrumors member

    Oct 12, 2003
    Riverdale, MD
    I had the same concern before buy my imac a few months ago so I went to the store to test drive. Once I pulled up two 8"x11" documents side by side on the 27 inch, I was sold... makes working in two applications/documents so much simpler.

    I had a desk with a hutch that would not accomodate the I just removed the hutch!
  17. aki macrumors 6502a

    Mar 2, 2004
    I thought it would probably be too big, but actually (coming from a 24"), I think it's a good size. (As people have said, make sure you have room at the side for your DVDs to eject.)

    As always, it depends on what usage scenario you are envisioning. For photo or video work, it's fantastic. For watching movies from the sofa, the same. For gaming or excel if you are doing it close-up, it may not work so well. (I have read some people complain about having to move their head and eyes around too much.)

    Having said that my desk is pretty small and I have no issues with the 27".
  18. Stealthipad macrumors 68040


    Apr 30, 2010
    I returned my 27" for the 21" and could not be more happy. My home office has on a 18" deep desk and my face is about 18-24" and the 27" was way to big for my tastes.

    I love my 21" and they have alot less problems that the honker 27" units!:eek:
  19. Eduardo1971 macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2006
    Lost Angeles, Ca. usa
    ...and stop calling him Shirley.:D

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