resolution of 21.5" iMac vs 17" MacBook Pro

Discussion in 'iMac' started by ragamoffyn, May 17, 2011.

  1. ragamoffyn macrumors newbie

    May 8, 2011
    Hi. The resolution of the 21.5" iMac is listed as 1920x1080, whereas my 3-year-old 17" MacBook Pro has 1920x1200. Am I correct in thinking that the iMac has less screen real estate, then?

    Thanks much.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Yes, the 21.5" iMac has 345,600 less vertical pixel.
  3. tsugaru macrumors 6502

    Feb 9, 2003
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    Means a tad more scrollig when surfing the net.
  4. mrfoof82 macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2010
    Lawton, OK
    The new iMacs have fewer vertical pixels because the aspect ratio is 16:9 instead of 16:10. Obviously, the iMac has a larger dot pitch than the MacBook Pro as well, as a result of its larger physical dimensions. The aspect ratio change is because home videos are typically 16:9, so things a better aligned for consumers than they are professionals (i.e. a 27" Display can show four 720p movies tiled, at 100% zoom, with no extra).

    Vertical pixels are one of the earth's scarcest resources. I'd do almost anything to add another 160 vertical pixels to my cinema display (and soon, iMac), but alas it is not meant to be.
  5. Tomorrow macrumors 604


    Mar 2, 2008
    Always a day away
    When the 16:10 displays became widely available, I liked them. Bought them. Used them.

    When the 16:9 displays took over and the 16:10 displays virtually disappeared, I was heartbroken - it seemed like the 16:10 aspect ratio was perfect for me.
  6. fawlty macrumors regular

    Jun 17, 2003
    New Zealand
    Open System Preferences. Command-Option click on Displays. Select 90 degree rotation.
    Viola - vertical resolution increased by 840 (on a 21.5 iMac). Bit hard on the neck, though.
  7. mrfoof82 macrumors 6502a

    May 26, 2010
    Lawton, OK
    I was being facetious. A proper solution would be to mount the display or iMac on VESA mounts, though that can be a costly solution since no Apple display or iMacs are lightweight (and I don't believe the 21.5" can even be VESA mounted, only the 27s.).

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