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Just how big is the iMac 27"?

I think the new iMac 27" inch is the ultimate designer machine with its 2560 by 1440 pixels resolution and 375 cd/m2 brightness thanks to the LED technology. But for those used to 15-20" screens. Just how big is it?

  • You can fit two windows of Safari with regular 1024 websites next to each other and still have space on both sides.
  • You can open a spread of A4 or letter size documents at 1:1 with plenty of space for palettes and menus.
  • You can have a browser window, Text editor with html and another with CSS code open next to each other.
  • You can edit full HD video at 1:1 with plenty of room for navigation.
  • You can run XP and Ubuntu as virtual machines side by side at 1280x1024 resolution with plenty of space on the bottom.
  • You can view appr. 260 folders in Finder at the default 48px icon size. :)

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qwertyale's picture
2047 pencils

I want it :]

yes I'm brazilian xD

ncdesign's picture
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Yeah, that's a gorgeous display...but man, alive - it's huge. I'm still a fan of two large, but not huge displays - side by side. It's a better workflow for me.

Another big success for Apple, though.

steveballmer's picture
653 pencils

too expensive!
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BlindAcreMedia's picture
20 pencils

I about drooled when I heard about the release of this. What else will apple think of? I would love to see this in person soon...and try out the new mouse!

Art D. Rector's picture
3162 pencils

I also prefer two monitors. While this looks like a wonderful machine, I'd probably go for another laptop (portable) or a tower (expandable) before an iMac.

But 27" sounds nice.

JimD's picture
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With the power of the upper-end 27" iMac, you have to wonder what Apple is going to do with the MacPro? It's getting harder and harder to justify the obscene cost difference between the iMac with a 27" monitor and a MacPro with no monitor.

I like being able to have 11GB of RAM in my tower, but now I can with the iMac. I like having extra internal HDs in my tower, but an external only costs a few dollars more and they're so small now that they take up virtually no desktop space. And the MacPro has no iSight camera.

Had I not just purchased a 30" display earlier this year to go with my MacPro (original rev1), I would absolutely buy the high-end 27" iMac on the next upgrade. As it stands, I'll be stuck paying an extra $800 - $1,000 for the next MacPro for expandability that I'll never use - just to get my money's worth out of the monitor.

The only consolation I have is that the 30" LCD still offers 1600 pixels in height, rather than the 1440 pixels of the iMac. That 160 pixels DOES make a goodly amount of difference.

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ReidDesigns's picture
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The same point entered the discussion I had with a would be Mac buyer last month. He and I were debating the pros and cons of a Mac Pro vs an iMac. I was pushing him for the iMac, but he cited "expandability." So I convinced him in the initial Mac Pro purchase to get a second HD one time. This way he HAS a backup already set up using Time Machine.

In the end THAT'S the ONLY thing that a Mac Pro can do. I really did not see the NEED to BUY a Mac Pro over an iMac and I am STILL telling people (even one guy who said he was going to buy a MacMini) that they should invest in the iMac.

I guess if you're into SERIOUS photo/movie/music editing the Mac Pro is your better bet. . . but if you're just doing web pages/simple printed material. . . iMac. . .

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hanamichy's picture
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I've used dual mons before. But now I have HP3065. The saying the bigger is better comes in handy with monitors. I can't go back to dual mons now. But none the less, 27" iMac is the next best thing.

steveballmer's picture
653 pencils

WAAAAAY Too expensive! Get a PC! They are cheap!
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Donateko's picture
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I don't mean to be rude, but I am of the opinion that you should remove your foot from your mouth. If you are willing to compromise reliability, performance, and design for a few bucks, that is your call, but even then, I think your statement is awfully wrong. I tried to find anything that could be compared to the new 27" iMac and the closest I found is a 24" Sony VAIO at $1,299.99. If you were able to support your statement and present a product that can be fairly compared to the new iMac 27" for a significantly lower price, I will gladly remove my foot from my mouth.

--designer wannabe--

qwertyale's picture
2047 pencils


yes I'm brazilian xD

KellyR's picture
525 pencils

I know I love my 24" iMac. :) That extra 3 inches over a 21" makes a big difference... (I work on a 21" monitor at work) so I can imagine how another 3 inches over the 24" would be.

Honestly, when I first got my 24", I felt like I was sitting in an IMAX theatre... the screen was just so huge. It felt like it took my eyes ages to move from one end of the screen to the other. I'm used to it now, and it feels normal. It was a huge jump over the little 15" MacBook I'd had before it. I really do like how much "roomier" it feels.

hrtlogodesign's picture
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I've never been into macs, but the new stuff might win me over.

Latex Clothing's picture
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ohhh god that just makes me drool - vivid color and outstanding size..and hey its a MAC!

steveballmer's picture
653 pencils

I'll show you 27"
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3dogmama's picture
1990 pencils

How? 3" 9x?
Oh...and you forgot a punch in the mouth to make it hurt.

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