which imac Display Size?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by whichimac, Mar 20, 2018.


Please vote on the basis of everything said in this summarised post

  1. 21 4k

    1 vote(s)
  2. 27 5k

    7 vote(s)
  3. 21 regular (not 4k)

    1 vote(s)
  4. i dont know

    1 vote(s)
  5. im pretty sure or very sure it doesnt matter

    2 vote(s)
  6. im too biased to make a better decision for you, and i should pick this option

    0 vote(s)
Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. whichimac, Mar 20, 2018
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2018

    whichimac macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2018
    please cast your vote after fully reading this short post -- would appreciate that

    please consider these points initially (at first)

    1. for the average user, would they really notice any significant difference?

    2. please see the context of an regular average user here --> https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...xperienced-users-it-would-be-helpful.2110913/



    goal: trying to narrow down the options -- and one way is the display size

    an ideal size someone says is 24 4k -- https://hackernoon.com/why-i-stopped-using-multiple-monitors-bfd87efa2e5b

    * this is close to an optimal size : resolution

    * im not sure if there's a better answer out there on the web (if you know, let us know)

    * for mac, based on the above optimal, both the 21 and 27 has resolutions that are likely fine or close for the size

    personal view: i do not have a strong bias/preference either way

    my use case & needs are fine with either or

    please cast your vote after fully reading this short post -- would appreciate that

    please see for context if you havent seen it yet --> https://forums.macrumors.com/thread...xperienced-users-it-would-be-helpful.2110913/


    side topic

    someone asked on the topic of imac 2017 or wait but with no poll -- https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/imac-27-2017-or-wait.2107256/

    * this makes it hard to find or know which is actually the significant or important info with so much noise

    when to buy: now or later? for me it's simple, just when you need it

    * i dont need it, i dont need most things

    which year/version of imac to get?

    * im guessing that 90% of the time it's generally better OR similar to get the newer thing across all software and products

    is an imac going to come out in 2018?

    * it doesnt seem like it, there seems to be around a 2 year gap between releases

    even if no newer imac is coming out in 2018, what's the main negative of not getting something right now?

    * the main negative is you lose (you do not get) any of the benefits during that time

    most benefits aren't very significant if you already have those benefit (like you already have a 2011 windows laptop that you got in mid-2012), and has been completely fine


    so for the display, i dont want to bias you, you should cast your vote based on the use case and context.

    tho at this point, ill likely lend towards the 27 5k, simply cos it's larger that's all

    i dont really know if it's better in any significant way to me, or would be more helpful in any way, but its larger and would have basically the same problem/limit of transporting it across states and airlines when moving along the way in life

    now if this size : resolution was 1.5x the price for what it was 'worth' relative to other options, and i dont really use it or benefit from it, or need the benefits it gives, or gain from it in any significant way, then that's very likely a bad decision

    say the goal is to cure cancer or to uplift humanity, would it really help me or you uplift humanity any better or more effectively?


    click to see all posts here: https://forums.macrumors.com/members/whichimac.1123719/
  2. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    I'm not going to vote in your poll.

    You are totally over-thinking this.
    If you can afford the 27", GET the 27".

    Once you have it, the one thought you will NEVER think again is:
    "why didn't I get the smaller display instead...?"
  3. Strider64 macrumors 6502a


    Dec 1, 2015
    Suburb of Detroit
    I personally like the 27" 5K Retina for the simple fact that photographs and videos are just simply gorgeous and that you have a lot of screen to work with. I voted simply just to vote, but I agree with Fishrrman that if you can afford the 27" then get it. I also say if you even just thinking of getting it and can afford it then do it; otherwise, you'll be kicking yourself down the road for not getting. What usually stops me from buying a computer with higher specs is $$$, for I hard time justifying spending the extra money especially if it just to save a few extra seconds.
  4. CWallace macrumors 603


    Aug 17, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    I've had 27" iMacs since they became available and have never considered going to something smaller. I prefer having the extra screen space.

    We're very likely to see an iMac with a CPU and GPU update at WWDC as Apple tends to refresh the model annually, though it will almost certainly retain the current design.
  5. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    The 27 inch are better for in every way and the 5k screen is brilliant you can also upgrade the ram yourself. If you have no preference and no money worries then the 5k iMac with an ssd is the way to go. Do not get a spinning drive if you can avoid it, do not get the 1TB fusion it’s little better than a spinner the 2tb fusion is ok but an ssd and external storage for files and media is your best bet.
  6. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    Reasons for getting the 21" - all assuming that the 21" iMac has enough CPU power for you:
    1. Limited funds
    2. Limited desk space
    3. Frequently moved around
    4. Variation on 2: You prefer dual screens, and you don't have the space for 2x27"
    (4 may be a consideration - dual-screen workflow is rather different to, and sometimes more convenient than, juggling and re-sizing windows on a single huge screen. I have a second 4k 27" attached to my 5k iMac and the far side of the secondary screen is kinda in the next county...)

    If none of those apply - get the 27". It's just better. But get one with a SSD.
    --- Post Merged, Mar 21, 2018 ---
    An iMac with the new 6-core processors would be worth waiting for if there was any reasonable expectation that they were coming, but the reality is:
    • Nobody knows.
    • If it does, nobody knows if it will be a major re-design (for better or for worse) or just a minor bump.
    • It would not be unusual for the iMac to go for two years without a significant update.
    • It could be a "downgrade" to move the iMac clear of the iMac Pro/forthcoming Mac Pro: dropping the i7 processor option and just offering the cooler-running new, 6-core i5 (which is potentially faster than the current i7) enabling the case to be slimmed down sounds sensible, but is pure speculation.
    • The March event is most likely to be cheaper iPads and/or services & discounts for education.

    We're getting towards the time of year when, unless your current Mac has smoke coming out of it, its probably worth postponing purchases until after WWDC in June, just in case, but you should "manage your expectations".

    The current 27" iMacs are nice machines - and features such as user-upgradeable RAM, USB 3 and Ethernet ports might not survive the next "improvement".
  7. whichimac, Aug 19, 2018
    Last edited: Aug 19, 2018

    whichimac thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 19, 2018

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