Is the 24" imac "too" big?

Joined
Jan 12, 2007
Messages
118
Reaction score
0
Points
16
I have been considering purchasing the 24" imac and have seen a few comments online saying it is too big. I have been worrying about that myself. I keep looking at it at Circuit City but fear that when sitting in front of it it will be too high and I will have to keep looking up because the screen is high off the desk to start with, and it would have to be pushed way back making it hard to read the text.
It is a big investment to make and then be sorry after.
Could I please hear from other 24" users out there and see how you like yours?
 
Joined
Jan 14, 2005
Messages
2,078
Reaction score
155
Points
63
I would love more screen estate. Though I think that 24" will only bring marginal benefits over a 20" screen compared to having two seperate monitors.

But it's definitely worth it for watching movies. It's not too overwhelming or "hug", I saw one at the Apple Store, they're quite nice and easy to read on.

OS X provides enough tools handy to enlarge any text - so that's really not a problem.
 
Joined
Feb 5, 2007
Messages
465
Reaction score
19
Points
18
Your Mac's Specs
iMac 20" C2D 2.4 ghz 2gb iMac 20" C2D 2GB 256MB Graphics Macbook C2D 2GB Powermac G4 Dual 450
i have no problem reading text on the 24", and the screen size is just big enough...i have a 20" but i always run straight to the 24's when i go in the apple store ;)
 
Joined
Apr 3, 2007
Messages
301
Reaction score
11
Points
18
Your Mac's Specs
Black MacBook 2GB, Mac Pro 2.66Ghz 3GB X1900.
I have been considering purchasing the 24" imac and have seen a few comments online saying it is too big. I have been worrying about that myself. I keep looking at it at Circuit City but fear that when sitting in front of it it will be too high and I will have to keep looking up because the screen is high off the desk to start with, and it would have to be pushed way back making it hard to read the text.
It is a big investment to make and then be sorry after.
Could I please hear from other 24" users out there and see how you like yours?

If the 24 was the same resolution as the 20 then it would be better IMHO. But it's higher resolution and some fonts in OS X can't be changed currently. So I found some fonts to be hard to read.

It is a little higher than a normal monitor, so you do need to consider what desk to put it on.

If you do get one, make sure you test it out as soon as you get it, dim the backlight on the screen and listen for a humming sound from the bottom left of the unit. The backlights in these screens have this problem. Also check the left and right sides of the screen to see if the brightness is even.
 
Joined
Mar 16, 2007
Messages
84
Reaction score
3
Points
8
Location
UK
Your Mac's Specs
iMac 17" 1.8GHz C2D iSight 1GB RAM 160GB HDD
OUCH!

Thats tooo big, thats llke looking at a TV screen.
 
Joined
Dec 17, 2006
Messages
1,035
Reaction score
57
Points
48
Location
The beautiful Northwest
Your Mac's Specs
imac 20" 216 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor, 1GBSDRAM, 250 GB hd, Airport Extreme, Bluetooth 2.0
Love my 20" and it fits perfect with my desk set-up.
Sometimes the 20" seems large to me even though I had a 19" crt for years. I guess it depends on how you're going to be using your computer.
For me, I'm really happy I chose the 20 for my purposes.
Good luck! :[
 
Joined
Apr 29, 2006
Messages
4,560
Reaction score
366
Points
83
Location
St. Somewhere
Your Mac's Specs
iMac 27" 3.4 GHz, 256 GB SSD, 2 TB HDD, 8 GB RAM
I have been asking the same question - is 24" too big to be usable. You would have to sit back from it to take in the whole thing. I have come to the very individual decision (not everyone has to agree with this) that 21" is just about right. Happily, I have a 21" monitor now!
 
OP
P
Joined
Jan 12, 2007
Messages
118
Reaction score
0
Points
16
Thanks everyone

I would love to be able to buy a power mac but it would be too costly to buy that and a monitor to go with it.
 
Joined
Jan 13, 2007
Messages
138
Reaction score
3
Points
18
Location
North Yorkshire Coast - England
Your Mac's Specs
iMac 21.5" Core i5 Quad - MacBook Pro i5 - 24" iMac c2d - Mac Mini c2d - iPad 2 - iPhone 5S - ATV3
I have a 24" iMac and when I first put it on my desk it looked massive. Now however, it just doesn't look that big and I now think that if I had gone for the 20" screen, I would now be a little disappointed.
My considerations for buying it were: (a) I needed a new computer and (b) I also wanted a reasonable sized tv for the bedroom. When I considered the cost of both, it was cheaper to go with the iMac. And I'm glad that I did. I use mine mainly for video editing and it means that I can have all the screens open at once which is great for me, instead of having screens hiding behind each other and clicking about trying to bring the one you want to the front. And as for watching DVD's on...its fab....the only let down is the slightly tinny speaker sound, but when you consider where they are situated and how thick the monitor is that houses them, then they are good for the size and really no worse than a lot of PC's with external speakers.

Cheers

Philip
 
Joined
Nov 15, 2006
Messages
53
Reaction score
4
Points
8
Location
Pittsburgh
Your Mac's Specs
24inch iMac
no offense, but you ask a dumb question! lol
The 24 inch is awesome.
How in the world could it be too big?
 
Joined
Jan 27, 2007
Messages
5,658
Reaction score
159
Points
63
Location
*Brisvegas*
Your Mac's Specs
17 inch 2 GHz C2D imac (5,1) with 3GB DDR2 RAM, X1600 (128MB memory) GPU - OSX 10.6.3
Easy. If you have to move your eyes around the screen to take everything in, then in my opinion the screen's a little too big. For me I like to keep my eyes and head focused and not moving and able to get everything of the screen in and not have to use my peripherals too much. And for me the 17" is great. Maybe cause I'm used to that size as my old CRT imac was that.

A 20" would be nice though. But a 24, way to big for my liking. I have to move my eyes way to much around it to see everything. And I'm not a fan of it's resolution.

But I agree with all of the above, it's a personal choice to which size is best for you.
 
OP
P
Joined
Jan 12, 2007
Messages
118
Reaction score
0
Points
16
24"

Thats what I've been afraid of. I wear bifocals and I'm afraid looking up to see the top of the screen would be hard on the neck. Also, with arthritis my neck isn't what it used to be.
I keep looking at the 24" in Circuit City but haven't dared take the plunge. I haven't seen a 20" set up for comparison. There are no Apple stores in Maine. I wish there were.
Thanks everyone for your imput.
 
Joined
Apr 6, 2007
Messages
75
Reaction score
4
Points
8
Location
Louisiana
T I haven't seen a 20" set up for comparison. There are no Apple stores in Maine. I wish there were.
Have you tried CompUSA? They sell Apple products and the one near me has all three models on display.
 
OP
P
Joined
Jan 12, 2007
Messages
118
Reaction score
0
Points
16
Mantronix

We don't have CompUSA in Maine either. It's either Circuit City with only the 24" to look at or order online, sight unseen.
 
Joined
Mar 15, 2007
Messages
80
Reaction score
4
Points
8
Location
utrecht, netherlands
Your Mac's Specs
i-mac dual-core 2.16Ghz 24inch, Macbook 2.4Ghz alu, 27" iMac Core 2 Duo 3.06Ghz
Pastle I have a 24inch and my wife a 17inch. Whenever I use my wifes mac everything seems too small. As regards height the 24inc sits quite low on the desk and you can adjust your chair height to compensate. When I sit up straight my eyes are level with the top of the screen so maybe mine is too low? I use mine to edit photographs and watch films; an excellent machine for both uses. Also if you are proof reading documents it is handy to be able to open two A4 pages next to each other without any size reduction. I overcome the bifocal problem with a pair of cheap reading glasses.
In this case size does matter!
 
OP
P
Joined
Jan 12, 2007
Messages
118
Reaction score
0
Points
16
awrence

How does your wife like your 24"? I have a Dell with a 19" screen and the top of the screen is about level with my eyes. I am not very tall, about 5'3". And my chair is as high as it goes.
I have considered getting computer glasses. That would help some.
 
Joined
Feb 5, 2007
Messages
465
Reaction score
19
Points
18
Your Mac's Specs
iMac 20" C2D 2.4 ghz 2gb iMac 20" C2D 2GB 256MB Graphics Macbook C2D 2GB Powermac G4 Dual 450
Easy. If you have to move your eyes around the screen to take everything in, then in my opinion the screen's a little too big. For me I like to keep my eyes and head focused and not moving and able to get everything of the screen in and not have to use my peripherals too much. And for me the 17" is great. Maybe cause I'm used to that size as my old CRT imac was that.

A 20" would be nice though. But a 24, way to big for my liking. I have to move my eyes way to much around it to see everything. And I'm not a fan of it's resolution.

But I agree with all of the above, it's a personal choice to which size is best for you.

I didn't know they made 17" CRT iMacs...;D :p
 
Joined
Dec 18, 2005
Messages
2,288
Reaction score
51
Points
48
Location
Devon, England
Your Mac's Specs
ibook g4, imac 2ghz c2d, mbp 2.4ghz c2d - 10.5.1
obviously i would love the 24" but it wouldnt look right on my desk

its personal taste.
 
M

MacHeadCase

Guest
I have been considering purchasing the 24" imac and have seen a few comments online saying it is too big. I have been worrying about that myself. I keep looking at it at Circuit City but fear that when sitting in front of it it will be too high and I will have to keep looking up because the screen is high off the desk to start with, and it would have to be pushed way back making it hard to read the text.
It is a big investment to make and then be sorry after.
Could I please hear from other 24" users out there and see how you like yours?

I would say that it depends on the desk you'll put it on and I can tell you that if you do lots of apps that have plenty of palettes, you get used to the bigger screen in a jiffy. I bought the 20" G5 iMac coming from a 17" iMac G4 and at first I was like "Wow! So much more screen real estate!" and then you realize "Aww man! I could do with an extra inch or two!" LOL

You obviously do not have an adjustable (in height) desk. That would be ideal. If you have an adjustable computer chair, you might try playing with the height settings instead? I've got an IKEA desk and can adjust the height.
 

Shop Amazon


Shop for your Apple, Mac, iPhone and other computer products on Amazon.
We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon and affiliated sites.
Top