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Last Major Decision! 20in 2.66 GHz -or- 24in 2.4GHz iMac?

by jbeme05 / June 28, 2008 10:08 AM PDT

In my last couple posts I have decided to buy a Mac, decided when to buy a Mac, and chosen the iMac instead of the Macbook. Now for the grand finale of decisions:

$1,299.00(+Tax):Refurbished iMac 20-inch 2.66GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
20-inch glossy widescreen display
2GB memory
320GB hard drive
8x SuperDrive (DVD

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The choice.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 28, 2008 10:31 AM PDT

If at all possible, go take a look at these things or at least ones of the same size.

I go the 24" screen and it is H U G E !! Actual physical dimensions on it are 22.5" wide by 20.5" tall. That's the entire thing, not just the screen.
Make sure you have enough room to put this beast on your desk. I know one disappointed person who took their 24" back because it did not fit in the furniture!

The 20" screen is a nice size and has a good picture, then again, so does the 24"

As your question was primarily about screen size, my answer is Yes, I think the 4" difference is worth the extra $100. Of course, that's just my opinion.


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Last Major Decision! 20in 2.66 GHz -or- 24in 2.4GHz iMac?
by dbennett48 / June 29, 2008 12:47 AM PDT

Go with the bigger screen, if you can fit it into your scheme. I love the big screen. I thought it would be TOO big, but it is perfect. You spend almost all of your time looking at the screen. Go BIG!!

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Depends on the screen size
by tleMega / June 29, 2008 3:59 AM PDT

For that price difference, you might as well get the bigger model if you don't need an extra 260Mhz, which in real life, you may not miss at all. Of course, for about the same price, you could go ahead and get a brand new 20-inch model if you would prefer that over a refurbished model. I have seen and used a 20-inch model iMac from the previous generation and 20 inches is quite large itself, so regardless of your choice, you still get a great screen.

The choice is between the screen size and the base amount of memory, I believe. The 20-inch iMac seems to have 2GB vs the 24-inch iMac with 1GB. But you say you plan on upgrading to 4GB after-market, so that may not pose a problem for you. I say that the screen is probably more important than the small speed difference.


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You're not going to miss the speed. Definitely get the 24"
by minimalist / June 29, 2008 7:27 AM PDT

Max out the RAM and you will have a very sweet machine.

Have fun...

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