Planning to buy an iMac today... last minute questions, please.

Discussion in 'iMac' started by dh2005, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    Hello folks,

    I've decided to go for an iMac. I was previously looking at MacBooks, but I've decided to go all out.

    My decision concerns whether to get the top-end 21.5" (the i3 with the HD 5670) or the top-end 27" machine (the i5 with the HD 5750). I think the issue that concerns me is how well the 1440p display of the 27" iMac will deal with lower resolution graphics - will they look smeared or fuzzy?

    My needs are largely productivity, with some gaming on the side. Any thoughts on this matter are welcome.


  2. DannyBres macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2007
    Sorry what low resolution graphics are you refering too!?
  3. dh2005 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    "Lower", I said.

    1080p video, or running more demanding games at less than native resolution.
  4. eawmp1 macrumors 601


    Feb 19, 2008
    LOL - no difference you would be able to perceive.
  5. dh2005 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    Thanks for your reply.

    Do you know this from experience? If you own a 27" iMac, how close do you usually sit to the screen? I would think that's surely a factor...
  6. mmulin macrumors 6502

    Jun 22, 2006
    You know! Before you buy it, just play with one, go to "system preferences" -> "display" and change the resolution. I think you will see what you need to know..
  7. dh2005 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
  8. vixducis macrumors regular

    Jun 8, 2010
    Actually besides gaming and movies, there's not much that you will do full screen. With gaming, you can adjust the resolution. When watching movies, you'll have a bigger distance between your screen and your eyes than normal usage, and you won't notice anything significantly. Depending on the scaler your software uses, the image can actually be better than a normal 27" full HD screen.
  9. dh2005 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010

    I went with the 27" i5. In addition to the academic discount on the machine, which amounted to almost £200, Apple Care was £34 rather than £139. Can't complain about that...
  10. hcho3 macrumors 68030

    May 13, 2010
    My recommendation is wait until October 20th. Apple is holding an event. They will be guaranteeing to announce new iLife 2010.
  11. dh2005 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    I appreciate the recommendation mate, but I bought it this afternoon. Missing out on the new iLife suite... well, I'm not particularly fussed about that.

    But thanks, all the same.
  12. jmpage2 macrumors 68040


    Sep 14, 2007
    New iLife suite is not confirmed although I certainly expect it would be announced at next week's event.

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