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Ask Max: Is the 24" iMac display better than the 20"?

Asked on 10/14/2008:

I've heard that the 20" iMac display is not as good as the 24". Is there any truth to that?


Yep, we think the screen on the 24 iMac is better than the 20" iMac, and not just four inches better. The display is brighter, by close to a third the brightness of the 20" iMac. This is important with glossy screens because it can counteract glare from overhead lights or a window, while still providing sharp color. Also the display has a greater viewing angle, 178 verses 160. What this means is that you will have better color representation across the screen as your eye moves around. The lower the viewing angle the more washed-out images look from the corners of your eyes.

On a much more anecdotal note, I have yet to hear anyone complain about their 20" iMac. Whatever youve heard could just be the number of 20" iMacs sold compared to the 24" iMac, but still, of the rare complaints I hear regarding iMac screens, all are about 20" iMacs.

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