Lean Machines

Rahul Shukla spent $7,600 on a television this year—and couldn't be happier about it. The 42-inch Fujitsu flat-screen TV hangs on the wall of his bedroom, taking up none of the valuable real estate that ordinary sets require in spite of its cinematic screen size. Shukla, a Hong Kong investment banker, is so pleased with the Fujitsu's picture quality—and the fact that it can be mounted above the destructive reach of his energetic 18-month-old son—he's thinking of buying a second one for his living room. "There's a certain eloquence attached to the new technology," he says. Flat-screen TVs are "the big,...

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