1999 Technology Buyer's Guide: Macs Are Back, PCs Power Up: Either Way, You Win

Could it be that the mantra of last year and the year before--"Faster. Cheaper"--is this year's mantra too? You bet it is. In fact, lightning-quick machines for less than $1,000 have become so common that the issue is no longer productivity but entertainment and the push for real simplicity--the long coming of computers that are as easy to use as household appliances. The best computers at the turn of the millennium combine solid fundamentals (a fast processor, a roomy hard disk and a great screen) with a choice selection of new technologies, like rewritable CD-ROM drives, DVD-ROM and digital video editing....

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