Isn't the 20" iMac Just Too Big?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips, Advice and Discussion (archive)' started by sigamy, May 7, 2005.

  1. sigamy macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2003
    NJ USA
    I'd like to get a 20" G5 iMac but I just can't get over how big the thing is. I've played with the 20" and 17" and in this design the 17" iMac just looks right, the 20" looks strangely huge.

    If I do unload my 17" G4 iMac I'd like to upgrade to a 20" screen, but I'm not sure if I like the 20" G5 iMac.

    Can anyone convice me that the 20" looks good?
  2. skubish macrumors 68030


    Feb 2, 2005
    Ann Arbor, Michigan
    I actually think the 17" are too small but I am using a 19" monitor right now. Plus I think the iMac screens are 16:9 aspect ratio whereas my 19" is a 4:3 so it kinda makes them look even smaller.
  3. vouder17 macrumors 6502a


    Apr 30, 2003
    Actually i thought the same thing, then I saw one in person....those 20 inch models are just beautiful. I would recommend a 20 inch over a 17 inch any day..I have a 17 inch...but i wish that i had spent the extra $$$ to get the 20 inch.
  4. runninmac macrumors 65816


    Jan 20, 2005
    Rockford MI
    The 17 inch to me looks like its disproportioned (if thats a word) for some reason the 20 inch looks perfect to me. Also the 20 inch gives you the 250 GB HD which is a plus.
  5. dabirdwell macrumors 6502

    Sep 26, 2002
    Another Factor...

    The 20" panel is significantly better than the 17", IMHO. I have the older 20" stand-alone display and it kicks the 17"s ass.
  6. sigamy thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 7, 2003
    NJ USA
    Thanks, guys. If I go forward with the upgrade I'm sure I'll get the 20".

    ps--These are nice problems to have, eh?
  7. ~Shard~ macrumors P6


    Jun 4, 2003
    My thoughts are, you can never have enough real estate. :cool:
  8. crap freakboy macrumors 6502a

    crap freakboy

    Jul 17, 2002
    nar in Gainsborough, me duck
    that sort of talk started WWII. :)
  9. dotdotdot macrumors 68020

    Jan 23, 2005
    The 20" and 17" are appropriatly sized... I think the 30" is pretty big though... :rolleyes:

    Also, I would reccomend the 17" with a screen spanning hack or a 20" regular.
  10. Sutekidane macrumors 6502a


    Jan 26, 2005
    I think the size of my 20" is just right. Not too big and not too small.
  11. killuminati macrumors 68020


    Dec 6, 2004

    Did I miss the release of the 30" iMac?
    I knew I should have checked MR last tuesday.
  12. floatingspirit macrumors 6502

    Oct 13, 2001
    Seattle, WA
    Dude! Talk about problems, when I first got my 20" stand-alone ACD, the internet was too small to fit my screen! No matter how big I made the browser window, its content wouldn't expand with it. Maybe others woulda guessed that, but I never had that "problem" before, so I wasn't aware!! O what a feeling!
  13. ~Shard~ macrumors P6


    Jun 4, 2003

    Yep - those are usually the kind Apple specializes in. :cool:

    "Eh"? - you from Canada? ;)
  14. steve88 macrumors member

    Apr 18, 2005
    Too big? I ordered a 20" last week and have never seen one in person. I never thought of the notion that it would be too big. This should be interesting anyway. The way I look at it is it can't look any worse than my PC tower and 17" CRT with a snake's nest of wires.
  15. iJoe macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2004
    I've got used to the size of my 20" iMac G5, but it still draws a "wow" from somebody seeing it for the first time. Best of both worlds. :)
  16. asif786 macrumors 65816


    Jun 17, 2004
    London, UK.
    i found the 20" was a bit *too* big. i guess it depends on where you have it. i have it in my bedroom, so 20" is kinda imposing.

    if you have it in an office or something, then 20 is cool. anywhere else and i think it'll just look too's your choice!
  17. edesignuk Moderator emeritus


    Mar 25, 2002
    London, England
    The 20" is great. Back in the days and pricing of the 20" iMac G4 I would never have bought one. They were way to expensive. With the iMac G5, and now with the revB even more so, they are now great value. The 20" looks far more in proportion than the 17" IMO. Get one, you won't regret it.
  18. aswitcher macrumors 603


    Oct 8, 2003
    Canberra OZ
    I think there is a 23" iMac on the horizon to take advantage of HD. I think it would be destined to come out in the next rev or the one after to take advantage of Apple's shift to HD especially if they put a digital tuner finally into a Mac...
  19. jsalzer macrumors 6502a


    Jan 18, 2004
    Traveling iMac?

    First off, that's the best laugh I've had in ages. Thanks!

    I have a 17". If you're planning on your iMac being a traveling companion, that's pretty much as big as you want to go. If it's going to stay in one spot, though, you should be OK with the 20".

    The one and only area where I really regret not getting the 20" is with iMovie. For whatever reason, iMovie still has the 4:3 ratio for its minimum pixel requirements. In order to reach the vertical minimum (because we're widescreen and have less vertical room to play with), you have to go to the highest resolution - which is tough for us old fogies whose eye sight can't handle that. Then, of course, you have to deal with cleaning up your desktop icons when you switch back. :(
  20. Xtremehkr macrumors 68000


    Jul 4, 2004
    You get used to the size of the 20" pretty quickly. It's nice to have the space though.

    I'm hoping the next time I update my iMac it comes with 23".

    I've already replaced the smaller TV I had with my iMac. If they ever get to 55" I can replace both.
  21. Calihafan macrumors member

    Nov 22, 2004
    My math teacher, John Montroll, is an eminent origami designer. He was using a 17 inch G4 iMac. He bought a 17 inch iMac G5. I told him how I was considering buying a 20-inch iMac but he said, in his funny way of articulating things, that "the 17 inches fills up your scope. You don't need the 20-inches, its too much, unless you have a lot of money to spare". He works with vector stuff in Freehand to design his origami.

    So if you're mainly working with big images, then it makes sense to get the 20-inches, but if its only a hobby, then, like he said, the 17 inch model really does fill up your scope.


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