Would the 21.5" iMac be big enough?

webcity

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I was recently toying with the idea of replacing my ageing Core 2 Duo 3.16GHz PC with a new Core i3 machine and even got as far as ordering the processor, ram and power supply which they were on offer.

However, I'm now looking at the possibility of leasing a couple of iMacs for our office instead. We do web hosting (which is mostly admin/support) and web design but I'm just wondering whether a 21.5" iMac would be big enough for web design or would I be better off getting 27" iMacs?

Is there anyone here that does web design on 21.5" iMacs? How do you find it?
 

flavr

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I design on a 27 and find it a perfect size. The issue with the 21 inch is that its fine to fit the design area but then there are all the photoshop/program pallets that take up additional screen real-estate. On the 27 the extra room helps greatly.
 

rkaufmann87

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I was recently toying with the idea of replacing my ageing Core 2 Duo 3.16GHz PC with a new Core i3 machine and even got as far as ordering the processor, ram and power supply which they were on offer.

However, I'm now looking at the possibility of leasing a couple of iMacs for our office instead. We do web hosting (which is mostly admin/support) and web design but I'm just wondering whether a 21.5" iMac would be big enough for web design or would I be better off getting 27" iMacs?

Is there anyone here that does web design on 21.5" iMacs? How do you find it?
I would recommend 27" models and I'd also look at Apple's Refurbished machines, great buys with absolutely no downside.
 

TType85

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I would recommend 27" models and I'd also look at Apple's Refurbished machines, great buys with absolutely no downside.
27 is the better choice. I tried a 21.5 last year and it was just too small when I had my development environment open. Definitely take a look at the refurbs. I picked up a loaded 27 (i7 3.4, 1tb fusion, 680mx 2gb, etc) for $200 more than the stock high end 27. The screen on the 27 is just brilliant.
 

webcity

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Thanks guys, you pretty much confirmed what I was thinking in terms of the 21.5" being too small.

We're looking at leasing the machines and I've had some pretty good prices on older leased models today (a 2011 i7" and a 2010 i5 27" for £60 per month for the two) so might end up going with this as they're about the same price a new 27" iMac would cost.
 

tears2040

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27" for sure, I used a 21.5 for a couple of years and I could never go back......


Also the 2012 iMacs glare a lot A LOT less than the 2011 models and for that alone it's worth getting the NEW iMacs.
 

webcity

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Thanks for all the comments and opinions.

I've put in the application for the 2011 and the 2010 27" iMacs...I know the specs are a bit older (the 2010 one is a 2.8GHz i5 and the 2011 is a 3.4Ghz i7) but the both came in at a lower combined price per month than one 2012 iMac.

Now I just need to source the right software for our business :)
 

Flyin Ryan

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I design web sites & graphics on my 13" MBP at work so when I use my 21.5" iMac at home it's like another world. Then again I did a lot with 15" CRTs not too long ago lol. I just find that less is more. If you have any kind of budget restrictions, the 21.5" screen size is more than enough, especially if desk space is limited. You can always hook up a second display if needed.
 
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