iMac vs Macbook Pro Screen Size
October 11, 2012 7:28 PM Subscribe
Why does the resolution on the 17" Macbook Pro seem so much bigger than the 21" iMac?
posted by ascetic to Computers & Internet (9 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Long story short, my 17" 2007 Macbook Pro has kind of been used and abused and I figured I'd buy an iMac "just in case." I found a very good deal on a 21" iMac on Amazon and ordered it. For ~$900 I literally got a brand new iMac.
I was super stoked, and figured with the extra 4" I'd have sooooo much more real estate. Well, not quite. Obviously the iMac's vertical height isn't as high but everything on my screen just seems "bigger" like I'm sitting with my face too close to the screen. Sometimes on my Macbook Pro I feel like I have to squint because the text is too small.
I know people are going to ask, so I looked under "Displays" and this is what I got:
Macbook Pro resolution: 1920 x 1200
iMac resolution: 1920 x 1080
So, does it boil down to DPI or something to that effect? Why do I have so much more room on my Macbook Pro's display?