RUNNER-UP: INFINITE POSSIBILITIES

INFINITE POSSIBILITIES

Toshiba Infinia PC

In 1996, PC makers did the macarena--a hand flap here, a hip swivel there. But their efforts to improve home computers amounted to the same old song and dance: incrementally faster processors, modems and CD-ROM drives, with an occasional dip toward better design. Toshiba, however, wowed the crowded desktop dance floor with a balletic new product that blends the functions of a computer with the capabilities of TV and stereo. With its radical design, innovative features and ability to attract a crowd, the Infinia Home PC is a critical hit.

It's easy to see why. The charcoal black...

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