Poll: Which iMac is more widely used by forum members, 21.5" or 27"?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by yjchua95, Nov 5, 2013.

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Which iMac do you use, 21.5" or 27"?

Poll closed Nov 5, 2014.
  1. 21.5"

    39 vote(s)
    32.0%
  2. 27"

    86 vote(s)
    70.5%
  1. yjchua95 macrumors 604

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    #1
    I'm doing a research for my own analysis, so I'd very much appreciate if you folks could poll and comment :)
     
  2. AaronM5670 macrumors 6502

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    I'd always get a 27" without a doubt - that beautiful big canvas is perfect for everything I do and I find the 21.5" far too cramped.
     
  3. yjchua95 thread starter macrumors 604

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    I've got both, but I use the 21.5" most of the time because I use it just for work, editing images with Photoshop and some light gaming. The 27" acts as a server at home :)
     
  4. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    I love my 21"; it's large enough for everything I do, but small enough that it doesn't dominate everything else on my desk. It nestles in quite well between my 20" ACD and 20" iMac G5 :)
     

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  5. tbolt11 macrumors member

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    I like 21.5" but I haven't used 27" long enough to make a judgement.

    Wish they made a 24" but idk if there would be any gain because the resolution would still likely be 1920x whatever
     
  6. TheyCallMeBT macrumors member

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    I looove my 27". But I do video production for a living, so that extra resolution is a big help to me. For people who have more typical needs, I think the smaller one would still be great-- maybe even the better choice.
     
  7. TyPod macrumors 68000

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    21.5" for me. Love the size, seeing that I have two external monitors it fits just perfect.
     
  8. firedept macrumors 603

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    Surprised by the results. Close. I use 27" due to design work.
     
  9. Nuke61 macrumors 6502

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    27" with a 21" external monitor, typically just ordinary stuff but also do some Aperture and iMovie stuff for personal use.
     
  10. yjchua95 thread starter macrumors 604

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    Here's my 21.5" setup by the way, with an antiglare Sandy Bridge 15" MBP. Too lazy to go down into the basement server room to snap a picture of the 27" :p
     

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  11. yjchua95 thread starter macrumors 604

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    Nice clean setup you've got there!
     
  12. Macman45 macrumors demi-god

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    It's pretty much neck and neck. I've always had the 27" but have friends with the 21 and they seem happy...I have become very used to the real estate, and it's my main desktop.

    Nothing wrong with the 21" though, and your poll seems to confirm that...about fifty fifty.
     
  13. yjchua95 thread starter macrumors 604

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    And all this while I always thought the 21.5" was more popular than the 27" :p I now stand corrected.

    I use both the 21.5" and 27", but end up on the 21.5" most of the time because the 27" takes up too much space on my desk, so I set the 27" up on a VESA mount in the basement server room and use it as a home server cum panic room computer.
     
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  15. dangerly macrumors regular

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    Currently using a 27" i7 (late 2012).
    Before i was using a 24" C2D (2009).
     
  16. 50548 Guest

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    27" all the way - unless footprint is an issue, there is absolutely no reason not to get the bigger screen.
     
  17. Kelmon macrumors 6502a

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    The 27" display is just utterly wonderful. Oddly, while it seemed enormous at the time I've had mine for several years and now it just seems normal. In the office I'm using a piece of **** Dell 14" laptop and I feel I need a magnifying glass to use it.
     
  18. Oldmanmac macrumors 6502

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  19. yjchua95 thread starter macrumors 604

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    Footprint is an issue for me, and if I put my 27" on my desk, there'd be no space for me to work.

    That's about the only reason why the 27" is now mounted on a VESA to the wall in the basement, acting as a home server.
     
  20. eXan macrumors 601

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    The main reason for 21 is that 27 is much more expensive. Besides, 1920 is plenty for pretty much everything, which I now realise more than ever because I'm away from country and have only 1280 lol.
     
  21. AppleFanatic10 macrumors 68030

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    I've seen the 27" and it's WAY too big for me. At work I use the 21" iMac.
     
  22. zipur macrumors 6502

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    I've read several post on "Desktop/Screen" and its interesting that so many 21 owners have multiple displays. So deep down in inside they really want 30s!
    Maybe your poll needs to be modified.:)
     
  23. talmy macrumors 601

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    27" with an 20" 1600x1200 monitor attached. You can never have too many pixels.
     
  24. Ryand123 macrumors member

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    I have bad eyesight. You would think the 27" would be a no-brainer. It's not. I have the 21 inch iMac and the 27 inch Thunderbolt Display. I like the 21 inch screen better. Too much physical maneuvering needed with a huge screen. Of course the glare and bluish tint compared with the 2012 iMac screen might also be a factor. They definitely upgraded the screens last year.
     
  25. yjchua95 thread starter macrumors 604

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    I mount my 27" on a VESA mount on the wall and I view it from quite a distance away, so I don't really need to swivel my head from side to side. It acts as a home server too.

    But my primary work machine is still the 21.5" on my desk.
     

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