4 Replies Latest reply: Mar 29, 2009 2:48 PM by Nojay
Henry Wolford Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
I have a 24 inch iMac. The native 1920x1200 resolution is great for displaying large amounts of data, but is sometimes too small for my aging eyeballs to see comfortably. The next option is 1344x840 which is easier to see, though a bit grainy, but I lose huge amounts of displayed data on web pages and things like that. I'd love the option for 1680x1050 (like the native res on 20 inch iMacs) but it is not an option on my display preferences selection menu. Why is that resolution not an option on the menu? Can I get to that resolution another way?

Intel based 24inch iMac, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • SteveCG Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)
    I've got the Nvidia and it doesn't have that option (has a couple in between) - but not 1680x1050...

    Kind of odd that, now that I notice it, since a similar card can run about 40 different resolutions (stretched or letterboxed) on windows (with a decent monitor), but Apple holds the keys to the driver kingdom - you might try attaching a 1680x1050 monitor and see if that secondary adds the option in (borrow one, or get it from a place you can return it to).

    If I were paranoid I'd say they left it out on purpose (cuz if you could do 1680x1050) with minimal graininess - it could dent their entry level iMacs market) - but I'm not a conspiracy theorist.
  • John Scott1 Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)
    I can tell you the 20" iMac has a cheaper LCD screen then the 24" and I absolutely think its awful.
    But that probably also is the reason for different resolutions. The real problem is if you reduce your resolution on LCD's the image becomes grainy and somewhat poor. You lose sharpness.
    Have you tried the zoom function? Or even go into Safari for example and set your font to a minimum size you can live with.
  • Henry Wolford Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    No answer was really helpful, however my own research determined it was best to stay in HD native resolution mode and use the "view" "zoom" options to enlarge my image. That way you get the size you want without losing the resolution to graininess. Though it was not answered by these replies, it is answered.
  • Nojay Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    To SteveCG

    I must be a conspiracy theorist. I've just bought a 20" iMac after many friends gave Macs such a great rap about their graphics etc. The 6 year-old 13" Dell Inspiron 4000 Laptop I'd just left produced much sharper screen images. Most of the work I do is just producing and reading text - reports and emails etc. I'm am SO annoyed that fonts are not sharp and clear on the 20" screen. Increasing the size (Command +) does not make any difference - the edges are still fussy.

    I complained (fruitlessly) to Apple Support after I found the best resolution I could get was only 1680 x 1050. Was told that there was nothing Apple support could do to improve it and buying a better graphics card would not help since the maximum screen resolution was related to the composition of the screen structure.

    And my theory? Apple will shortly launch a better higher resolution screen on the market and encourage us all to rush out and buy one.