IBM NetVista A30p

This pricy, stark-black PC offers respectable speed and multimedia performance but limited room for expansion

WHAT'S HOT: Clad in black, the NetVista A30p is a good-looking, well-equipped system for small offices, and its petite stature (16 inches tall) helps conserve space in tight quarters. Its best feature is the IBM P77 17-inch CRT monitor, which delivered professional-grade image quality. In tests, it displayed newsletter fonts with razor-sharp clarity, rendering even small fonts crisply. It displayed photos nicely, with bright colors and realistic skin tones. A plus for businesses, the monitor swivels easily to wide angles, making it a useful tool for conference room presentations. A few high-end controls (horizontal and vertical convergence, which help sharpen images) round out the stellar display.

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