Of course, the current market for these combined CPU-monitor units isn't exactly enormous. The few models available sleek and far from cheap are aimed mostly at fat-walleted corporations with serious space concerns. But since flat-screen LCD technology is coming down in price and aesthetics are becoming a core home-computing consideration, its likely there will soon be a lot more of them. I took a look at a trio of early birds machines that take two minutes to set up and take up less space than your current monitor.
Admit it, that gray tower with the superfast chip, the 10-gig hard drive and the DVD-ROM is an eyesore. Desktop computers don't even fit on desktops anymore, partly because your old-school monitor is a serious space hog. Well, death to the space hogs! Long live all-in-one flat-screen computers: systems that really will fit on your desktop and might even dress it up a little.