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Flat Monitor Society

They're not just for the exorbitantly rich anymore.

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Along with shrinking desktop PCs comes the downsizing of computer monitors. Sleek desktop systems incorporating LCD displays (like the Gateway Profile 2, $1,699 street) are a clear sign that flat panels are more than just executive toys. In fact, these systems now target the midlevel market, where desk space is at a premium.

When it comes to viewing area, though, bigger is always better. Although 14-inch active-matrix LCDs are replacing 12.1-inch displays in laptops, 15 inches is the absolute minimum you'll want on your desktop-the viewing equivalent of a 17-inch CRT. Who wouldn't prefer an LCD's small footprint, flat screen and flicker-free viewing?

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