On the iMac 24in M1
The iMac 24in is my perfect monitor — if I squint a little. If you add the M1 computer hidden in its chin, you get my perfect computer… only not so much perfect than my current configuration.
Last summer when I bought my beloved Dell PC2421DC 24in 1 monitor I accepted its non-retina QHD (2560x1440) resolution because the smaller screen size was less bad than other options. I seriously considered a few 4K monitors, but because of price and didn’t want to deal with scaling and performance hit2.
The new iMac M1 24in sent me down a what if? rabbit hole. If switched this MacBook Ait M1 + Dell 24in QHD come for a new iMac — how would my display situation look?
|Monitor||height x width x length (in)|
|Dell PC2421DC||14.02 x 21.17 x 1.68|
|iMac 24in||18.1 x 21.5 x 0.45|
Mind you, the iMac chin is the computer, which requires we compare…
|Monitor||Diagonal (in)||Display Area (in)|
|Dell PC2421DC||23.8||20.75 x 11.67|
|iMac 24in||23.5||20.48 x 11.52 3|
Here we see the panels are very close in size, so we can move on to the really important part:
|Dell PC2421DC||2560 x 1440||2560 x 1440|
|iMac 24in||4480 x 2520||2240 x 1260|
So close! but, regardless of the quality of the display resolution (PPI) we’re sacrificing area. Unless…
|iMac 24in||2240 x 1260||2520 x 1417.5|
|iMac 21.5in||2048 x 1152||2304 x 1296|
With a little of the scaling I was so allergic before, we arrive at a a close to QHD equivalent resolution with better PPI. In my defense, it’s not quite the same because a 4.5K monitor has more pixels than a 4K monitor. Which means that the UI sizing is going to scale consistently, not having some assets in hi-DPI while others in standard resolutions.
Still, I’m going to wait for the Pro version of the iMac — mostly because of the Display. A 27in 5K iMac would have driving me mad with configuration anxiety on Apple’s website. Luckily, I’m currently my best Mac setup ever — which allows to be a bit responsible.
My early 2020 Intel MacBook Air had enough difficulties driving its own display.↩︎
Estimated. I couldn’t find any measurements on Apple’s site, but using the Diagonal Measurement, the screen resolution and good old pythagoras, you can get an estimate.↩︎